If you have had one of a number of common surgical procedures – a simple mastectomy, open appendectomy, gallbladder removal, or total hip or knee replacement – you are at increased risk of developing chronic opioid use. In fact, even having a baby with a cesarean delivery increases your chances of becoming addicted to painkillers. […]
The causes of opiate addiction.
Why Choosing Non-Opioid Medications Before Surgery May Save Your Life
We know that legitimately prescribed painkillers are often the first step for people who become addicted to opioids through no fault of their own. So what happens when you’re a former opioid addict who successfully went through the hard work of getting sober, and then you dislocate your shoulder? Life happens, after all. Jacob Metzler […]
Is Depression the Root of Opiate Abuse?
Many cases of opiate abuse have underlying mental health factors that influence the course this use takes. Users repeatedly risk their health for a high that masks deep-rooted issues and their symptoms, and addiction can develop from these repeated attempts to self-medicate. Opiate use does not provide any real relief and ultimately worsens preexisting depression […]
Playing Sports and Opiate Abuse
Opiates are drugs created from opium plants and are often used to treat pain. While heroin is a widely known illegal opiate drug, there are also several versions of opiates that are available by prescription. Some of these opiate prescriptions include: hydrocodone, Percocet, OxyContin, oxycodone, Fentanyl, and codeine. These drugs are used primarily to aid […]
Victims of Bullying and Opiate Addiction
Bullying can be a problem for anyone at any age, and it impacts many areas of life. The effects of bullying are wide-ranging and individual in nature, and they can contribute to substance use problems. Opiate addiction may stem from childhood or adult bullying as may other mental and physical health concerns. While these effects […]
Can a Physically Demanding Job Lead to Opiate Use?
Physically demanding jobs are tough. The wear and tear on the body, the repetitive motions and the constant exertion of physical energy can make even the strongest person weary. Sometimes it is difficult to decompress and relax at the end of the day because your muscles are tense, your body aches and your mind is […]
Work-Related Stress and Opiates Addiction
We all face different forms of stress in our lives. When you manage a difficult situation, stress is the natural result and it can affect anybody at any time. In particular, work-related stress can be very damaging, because it is often ongoing. Many workers feel stressed as they take on too many tasks and multi-task […]
Teachers and Opiates Addiction
The impact that teachers have on their students and coworkers continues throughout people’s entire lives. Students often look up to and respect their teachers, and they may even look to teachers as role models. This means that, if a teacher is addicted to opiates, students as well as coworkers will more than likely notice, especially […]
Plastic Surgery and Opiates Addiction
Opiate addiction is a growing problem in the United States. WebMD explains, “Emergency room visits resulting from the abuse of painkillers alone has gone up 163% since 1995…More people are abusing the drugs because more people are receiving prescriptions for them.” As opiate abuse is such a large and growing problem, you may wonder if […]
How Others Influence Your Opiate Use
Peer pressure isn’t the only way outside forces contribute to drug use. Subtle influences like a critical family member or a stressful time at work might push someone toward opiate addiction. Others may use opiates in pill form based on recommendations from people who believe they are harmless. (more…)