Help for Friends

Finding help for friends and family members dealing with opiate addiction.

Why Patience Is Important in a Loved One’s Rehab

Why Patience Is Important in a Loved One’s Rehab

In today’s society everyone seems focused on results, but some things such as rehab take time before you start seeing the payoff. When your loved one begins rehab you may expect him to return home fully healed and drug-free, but recovery is a long process that does not end during or even after rehab. Your […]

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How to Talk to Your Girlfriend About Opiate Use

How to Talk to Your Girlfriend About Opiate Use

Opiates are a group of pharmacologic drugs commonly prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), opiates have been classified as Schedule II drugs, meaning that they pose a high potential for abuse and dependence. Unfortunately, many people with prescriptions for opiates end up abusing them. They are […]

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How to Prepare for a Conversation about a Loved One's Opiate Addiction

How to Prepare for a Conversation about a Loved One’s Opiate Addiction

Opiates are drugs derived from the poppy plant. They change the way the brain perceives pain while also producing feelings of euphoria. People who abuse opiates risk drug addiction. When a loved one has an opiate addiction, you may feel intimidated to have a conversation about getting help. You may want to do what is […]

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Using Opiates to Cope with a Loved One's Illness

Using Opiates to Cope with a Loved One’s Illness

Opiates are any drug derived from the poppy plant. Opiates work on receptors in the brain that control pain and pleasure. Opiates can also activate the brain’s reward system. Drugs like heroin, cocaine and hydrocodone are all in the opiate family of drugs. Many people who are addicted to opiates prefer heroin because it penetrates […]

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How Has Opiate Addiction Touched Your Life?

How Has Opiate Addiction Touched Your Life?

Opiate addiction is a serious problem, not just for those who suffer from it, but for society at large. It has wide-ranging effects on almost every element of our culture. Recognizing and addressing the problem is an important goal and one that merits focused attention and effort. (more…)

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How to Know When an Opiate User Needs Emergency Help

How to Know When an Opiate User Needs Emergency Help

An opiate user needs immediate help if she suffers an overdose, but she also needs help if she suffers from addiction. You should not put off helping an opiate user that has had an overdose or someone you think is suffering from addiction. The best thing you can do for someone in that situation is […]

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Benefits of Speaking Openly about Opiate Addiction

Benefits of Speaking Openly about Opiate Addiction

Opiates belong to a class of narcotic pain relievers that can be highly addictive. People who use opiates to relieve pain often find themselves needing increasingly high doses of the drug to achieve the desired results. This may mean the body is becoming dependent on the drug for both relief of pain and for the […]

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What Made My Loved One an Opiate Addict?

What Made My Loved One an Opiate Addict?

The painful experience of having a loved one who is an opiate addict is never easy. There are many family members and friends of addicts who understand your confusion and anger. You are not alone, and you can connect with people who understand your struggles, which will help both parties. In addition, many people find […]

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How Common Is Opiate Addiction?

How Common Is Opiate Addiction?

Opiates are strong narcotic drugs that temporarily relieve pain. They come in many forms, but the most common opiates include the following: Morphine Codeine Oxycodone Hydrocodone Heroin (more…)

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Opiate abuse help for the college student

Opiate Abuse Help for the College Student

Opiates are prescribed to help those in pain cope on a daily basis, but most pain medication in meant as a short-term treatment. Opiates change how pain is interpreted and make the user feel relaxed and drowsy. The availability of opiates has dramatically increased in recent years, and college students have found various opiate drugs […]

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