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How to Quit Methadone: Detox and Withdrawal Tips

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Once the first step has been taken to seek help for addiction issues, it is natural to have questions about the process involved. Withdrawal from drugs can be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous, which is why it is always advisable to seek treatment at a specialist addiction recovery center. Although it is an unpleasant process, it is essential to detox methadone from your body before successful rehabilitation can begin.

Here we break down the stages of methadone withdrawal into three stages:

Stage One

Feelings of anxiety and paranoia, nausea, inability to sleep, abdominal pain and a high temperature characterize…

The Science Behind Addiction: Effects of Drugs on the Brain and Body

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Both prescription and illegal drugs like heroin work with the same mechanism that is intended to reduce pain sensations by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and other organs. The drug creates a sensation of drowsiness and slows down breathing, often to a dangerous extent if opioid addiction is present where the potential for overdose is significant.

Abuse of prescription opioids can often be a consequence of prolonged pain due to injury or illness that leads to someone taking more than the prescribed dose to fight agonizing pain and possibly developing a dependence on the substance. It is principally the effect of opiate-based drugs on brain…

How Pediatricians Can Help Treat Adolescent Opioid Addiction

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The number of overdose deaths among adolescents abusing opioids has been consistently rising in recent years. This has thrown pediatric specialists into medicating for substances more usually abused by older people and has required a dramatic rethink of how to deliver treatment specifically to adolescents. Although in general, an inpatient treatment program would be recommended for an adult opioid addict, adolescents can often respond as outpatients as they may not have developed total drug dependence at the time they seek help.

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3 Signs Parents Should Look Out for to Prevent Opioid Prescription Abuse

Adolescent Drug Overdose

Addiction is something that affects the whole family although prescription opioid abuse can sometimes be prevented, if the right steps are taken when the problem first comes to light. Knowing the signs of addictive behavior is the best way for parents to educate themselves so that they are able to seek help for their loved one sooner rather than later.

Here we take a closer look at the signs that indicate the potential for addiction in your children. It is crucial to remember that there is plenty of professional support available to you whether you are just suspicious or have confirmed knowledge your child has developed prescription drug dependence.

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Can Horses Help Addicts Heal?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Using animal interaction for medical purposes isn’t a new thing when you think about guide dogs for the blind as a classic example. But horses? Although it may sound a little out there, research has shown that involving horses in addiction therapy is extremely beneficial. Known as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or EAP, this pioneering addiction treatment uses horses as a tool to provide patients on drug and alcohol treatment programs with valuable insights on personal boundaries and relationships. Interacting with horses…

Can Vivitrol Help to End Opioid Addiction?

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According to a recent study, an extended-release drug called Vivitrol has shown to reduce opioid dependency rates significantly, particularly among male members of minority populations. Vivitrol is a full opioid antagonist that is an injectable formula of naltrexone, administered monthly in treatment of opioid addiction.

Such is the confidence in Vivitrol in the opioid addiction recovery process that it was approved in 2010 and has since gained acceptance by both medical and criminal justice authorities. As it is not a controlled substance, Vivitrol is particularly successful in preventing relapse in patients…

The Main Dangers of Barbiturate Abuse

Barbiturate Pills Abuse

When barbiturates are taken for medical reasons, it is to help people sleep. However, there are serious dangers connected to prolonged barbiturate use that have been recognized for a long time. One of the biggest dangers is when the dose is increased to achieve a desirable effect after some tolerance to the drug has been developed. For example, an insomniac takes a dose of barbiturate that is not very far from a lethal amount in order to get a decent night’s sleep. The bottom line is that it does not take very many barbiturates to cause a fatal overdose.

Barbiturates are Highly Addictive and Easily Obtained

Barbiturates have been…

How to Live with a Heroin Addict without Enabling Their Addiction

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When you are in a relationship of any sort, be it with family, friends, or a romantic partner, it’s the most natural instinct in the world to want to help them when they need you. When this person is an addict this can represent additional problems for you as you try to ensure you support rather than enable. By understanding the situation better, you can find the right approach in this situation—but it’s worth bearing in mind that there are support groups out there for partners, friends, and family of addicts, so don’t be too hard on yourself if you make mistakes.

What Exactly is Enabling?

Enabling is when you help and support…

The Effects of Stress in Addiction Recovery

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One of the most important aspects of addiction recovery is keeping stress levels as low as possible. That’s because stress is one of the biggest factors causing drug or alcohol abuse in the first place. Stress during recovery could easily be detrimental to your progress by causing a relapse. There is scientific research to back up that stress and anti-stress systems can alter the brain’s emotional circuitry, guiding you towards impulsive behavior and ultimately leading you to relapse after periods of abstinence.

Stress and Its Relationship with Addiction

It’s well known that stress plays a…

Survivors of Opioid Overdose Should Look Out for These Injuries

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There has been an alarming rise in the number of both fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses in the US, with more people being left to deal with the long terms effects of opioid abuse. If you have ever been hospitalized for opioid abuse, there’s a chance you may go on to develop symptoms of long term damage. In order to ensure you can take as many health precautions as you can to avoid the effects of long-term drug abuse, it’s worth knowing what symptoms to look out for.

Symptoms of Long-term Damage through Opioid Abuse

Symptoms of opioid addiction health issues that can negatively affect your body in the future include:

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