By Becca Owens When you hear that someone has been diagnosed with a disease, you may begin to circle through thoughts of cancer, diabetes or maybe autoimmune or degenerative disorders. It is less likely that you consider the disease of addiction, although it is extremely prevalent and affects lives just as deeply as any other … Continue reading Treating Addicted Patients Poses Medical Dilemma, but Should It?
Facing a loved one’s addiction is always difficult, but when that person is part of an addicted couple, new problems emerge. It’s a lesson that Jason and Donna learned the hard way. For 10 years they shared everything. They had a home, cars, jobs and children. They also shared a meth addiction. Though it wasn’t immediately … Continue reading Treatment Works: One Couple Beats Crystal Meth Addiction
Methadone is a synthetic opiate used to help those addicted to heroin and other narcotics get clean. When used in conjunction with traditional therapy methods, this type of replacement therapy can help people satisfy their physical need for opiates without providing the intoxicating effects of other narcotic drugs. However, even when used as prescribed, individuals … Continue reading How to Ease Methadone Addiction Withdrawal SymptomsRead More
The fictions that surround heroin addiction and heroin addiction treatment are often made up and perpetuated by heroin addicts who want reasons to avoid treatment and continue using. It’s unfortunate that these heroin addiction myths exist, but when you take the time to discover the facts, you can get the help you need to break … Continue reading Heroin Fact and Fiction
Naturally occurring in nascent pods of the poppy plant, opium is a potent sedative that has given way to intoxication over the course of thousands of years. Acting on the body’s Central Nervous System (CNS), opium acts as a depressant with euphoric properties, causing users to experience a combination of painlessness, psychological numbing and euphoria … Continue reading Types of Opiate Treatment
The US government invests money in research on drug trends across the country. Keeping a record of how many individuals are addicted to drugs, and what percentage of drug rehabilitation intake assessments are attributable to a particular drug, helps the government make decisions regarding action and legislation in the fight against drug use. In terms … Continue reading Opiate Addiction Statistics
Every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) person faces the decision to reveal or not reveal his or her sexual orientation and identity. Every LGBT person must fully understand him or herself, learn how to adapt to life and defeat prejudice and misunderstanding. Coming out of the closet takes guts. The brave men and women … Continue reading In the Closet about Addiction and Sexuality
Methadone is an opioid (narcotic) analgesic (painkiller) that many people use to treat heroin or opiate addiction. It has a very long half-life, which means that it stays in an individual’s system for quite a long time, so other medications can affect its efficacy. Complications arise when medications have to compete for sites in similar … Continue reading Can Methadone Interact with My Anti-Depressant?
Regardless of whether use comes from following a doctor’s prescription or by a more recreational pursuit, opiates are medications that people frequently abuse. Developed originally for the relief of severe and chronic pain, the side effects of opiates can be rather unpredictable and dangerous. Opiate Side Effects That May Occur Let’s consider some of … Continue reading Unexpected Side Effects of Opiate Use
Methadone is a synthetic opioid that is used to help those addicted to heroin or other opiates function without these intoxicating drugs. Methadone provides a good chance for the addict to get clean from opiates, but detoxing from methadone will be a challenge. How Opiate Addiction Occurs and the Effects of Opiate Addiction Heroin … Continue reading Methadone Outpatient Treatment