Signs & Symptoms

How to recognize the signs and symptoms of opiate addiction.

Four Ways People Disguise Their Use of Opiates

Four Ways People Disguise Their Use of Opiates

Hiding substance abuse is one way addicts try to appear healthy, but people cannot hide addiction forever. The consequences of drug abuse eventually threaten one’s way of life, so you can recognize this issue if you know what to look for. (more…)

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Taking Inventory of Your Opiate Use: How Is It Affecting You?

Taking Inventory of Your Opiate Use: How Is It Affecting You?

It can be difficult for drug users to see the effects of their drug abuse, but here is a short guide to help you be objective about opiates. By asking yourself a few basic questions, you will have a greater understanding of how opiates affect your mind and body, and you will also see what […]

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The Difference Between Being Drunk and Being High on Opiates

The Difference Between Being Drunk and Being High on Opiates

Opiates are prescription narcotics and illicit drugs made from opium poppy plants; they include heroin and painkillers like morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl and oxycodone. Intravenous opiate use, such as heroin injection, produces a powerful euphoric rush, but prescription narcotics can give users a strong high even when used to treat pain. Alcohol, like opiates, increases the […]

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Six Excuses People Make When They’re Addicted to Opiates

Six Excuses People Make When They’re Addicted to Opiates

Most people will not readily admit that they are addicted to opiates, especially if doctors prescribe them for pain. Most people will shirk off questions about their drug use by offering a number of excuses for why they use opiates and don’t need to stop. While some of these may seem like valid reasons, they […]

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Differences Between Side Effects of Opiate and Addiction Symptoms

Differences Between Side Effects of Opiate and Addiction Symptoms

Opiate painkillers are prescribed by doctors for pain management in many cases. Medications like hydrocodone, OxyContin, methadone, morphine and codeine are some examples of opiate narcotics. Although most people use these medications as prescribed without any problems, many others may become addicted or may experience certain opiate side effects. (more…)

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Unexpected Side Effects of Opiate Use

Unexpected Side Effects of Opiate Use

Opiates are medications that people frequently abuse as they treat moderate to severe pain. In addition to these uses, many people abuse opiates recreationally, but they may experience a large number of side effects that they did not expect. Opiates can have many unexpected side effects, including itching, constipation, hallucinations and delirium. (more…)

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7 Effects of Opiates on Everyday Life

7 Effects of Opiates on Everyday Life

Opiates are derived from the poppy plant and change the way the body perceives pain. Opiates also produce feelings of euphoria in the user. People who use opiates to control pain are at risk of addiction due to the highly habit-forming nature of the drugs. Some signs of opiate addiction include the following: Needing a […]

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Can Opiates Affect My Memory?

Can Opiates Affect My Memory?

Opiate addiction affects users differently, but one of the most troubling problems is the way it damages memory, especially short-term memory. You may struggle to process information if you abuse opiates, but you can recover if you seek professional help to get and stay clean. (more…)

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Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Opiates

Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Opiates

You may suspect that someone you love abuses opiates if you notice some telltale symptoms, such as constricted pupils, slurred speech and poor balance. However, people who know what items an opiate addict needs may more readily recognize addiction. Paraphernalia associated with opiate abuse include the following things: Sunglasses worn to hide small pupils Long […]

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Opiate Addiction and Malnutrition

Opiate Addiction and Malnutrition

Opiates are one of the most famous groups of drugs and include heroin and many painkiller medications. They can be effective medications but are also dangerous due to potential overdose, addiction and side effects. One of these side effects includes malnutrition which can have a lasting impact on the mind and body. (more…)

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