Living with an addiction sometimes feels like swinging on a pendulum. Life feels like it sweeps from extreme highs to extreme lows. Typically, people who are caught in the downward spiral of opiate abuse ride an emotional roller coaster all day. They view circumstances, relationships, and even past and future events in black and white […]
Addiction & Misuse
Topics relating to opiate addiction.
How Naloxone Saves Lives With Opioid Overdoses
Overdose deaths from heroin and opioid painkillers have been steadily increasing every year in America. This has prompted many healthcare workers to get the word out about life-saving options, including the recently developed drug naloxone. (more…)
How Is Scientific Research Helping Our Understanding of Addiction?
It’s a widely accepted fact today that addiction is a complex disease that cannot be overcome with just good intentions. Recovery from addiction to alcohol or other drugs is a rough road to travel. It’s one that usually needs an integrated, evidence-based approach . This is provided by an experienced, skilled team of experts in this field. (more…)
How do Opiates Differ from Opium?
Natural opiates harvested from the poppy plant are chemically similar to synthetic versions created in a lab. However, both are addictive when taken for the wrong reasons. There are slight variations among natural and synthetic versions of the drug mostly relating to a drug’s effectiveness and strength. Opiates vs. Opium Opium comes from the milky fluid that […]
Five Methods to Relieve Stress Without Drugs or Alcohol
There is a clear link between stress and substance abuse, with each possessing the ability to cause the other to occur: 1) Stress not only increases the likelihood of initiating alcohol and other drug use, but it can also trigger relapses following detox and rehab treatment and perpetuate the compulsion to use – jeopardizing recovery; […]
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…)
The Importance of Liking Yourself
Addiction is never purely a physical battle. Indeed, often the social, emotional, or psychological aspects of addiction can be far more challenging to overcome. A negative self-image is a particularly difficult battle for the addict. An opiate addict, for example, can easily believe that she is not worth anything, simply because she is an addict. […]
Taking Inventory of Your Opiate Use: How Is It Affecting You?
Opiate use can be tricky, because opiate and opioid drug use can quickly spiral out of control. It can be difficult for opioid users to see the effects of their substance use, but there are some key ways to identify if opiate use has become problematic. While each case is unique, there are some key […]
Replacing Opiate Abuse with a Healthy Activity
When you struggle with an opiate addiction, it is important to pursue healthy activities instead of being a participant in drug abuse. When you spend your time with a focused hobby or passion, this helps your recovery on multiple levels. First, it helps the brain heal, the body rebuild and your memory improve. A healthy […]
How National Recovery Month Can Help Break the Stigma
Hope for recovery comes from within, and it also comes from community, family and professional support. When one of these elements is missing, recovery is still more than possible, but it becomes more challenging. National Recovery Month helps break stigmas surrounding mental health and addiction issues so that those in need of help are better […]