Addiction & Misuse

Topics relating to opiate addiction.

Opiates and Pregnancy

Opiates and Pregnancy

There is no doubt that opiate addiction is a very serious problem today. If you are pregnant, the health risks are even greater as many health complications are possible both for the mother and the child. Stress is a very common trigger for addiction; so if you have a stressful pregnancy, you are very likely […]

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Is Depression the Root of Opiate Abuse?

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 […]

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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

Knowing what to expect when you take a drug is one of the first steps in preventing or identifying addiction. Separating early signs of tolerance and dependence from typical side effects of opiates allows you to take action and talk to your doctor if these unwanted symptoms appear. The American Public Health Association[1] states, “Primary […]

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5 Ways to Bounce Back After an Opiate Relapse

5 Ways to Bounce Back After an Opiate Relapse

  Opiates are used for treating pain caused by surgery, injury or a chronic condition. Using the drugs in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than prescribed by a physician can lead to addiction. Recreational or experimental use also leads to addiction and often does so at a much faster rate. Opiates are […]

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What Opiates Do to Your Brain Chemistry

What Opiates Do to Your Brain Chemistry

There’s good reason for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to urge doctors to avoid prescribing powerful opiate painkillers for patients with chronic pain in a 2016 landmark guideline. Directed to physicians nationwide, the message from the nation’s top federal health agency clearly indicated that the risks from morphine-like drugs – such as Vicodin […]

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How Opiates Affect Your Eating Habits and Appetite

The term “opiates” refers to substances that are derived from the opium poppy. Opiates have analgesic effects, which simply means that these substances can relieve pain. The following medications are classified as opiates: Morphine, the most common natural alkaloid in the opium poppy, is frequently prescribed to patients that have undergone major surgery and are […]

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Lasting Financial Effects of Opiate Abuse

Lasting Financial Effects of Opiate Abuse

Drug abuse and addiction come with many associated personal, social and health-related costs, but the most tangible costs of addiction can often be calculated in dollars and cents. The financial effects of opiate abuse and addiction are both immediate and long term, and they can affect individuals and communities long after active drug use has […]

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Is It Bad to Mix Opiates with Other Drugs?

Is It Bad to Mix Opiates with Other Drugs?

Opiates are a class of drugs derived from the poppy plant and are used to treat pain. Opiates are also synthesized into illegal street drugs. Morphine, codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone are examples of opiates and include name-brand drugs such as Vicodin, Lorcet, Percocet and OxyContin. In a 2011 report, the National Institute on Drug Abuse noted […]

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Unexpected Side Effects of Opiate Use

Unexpected Side Effects of Opiate Use

Regardless of whether use comes from following a doctor’s prescription or by a more recreational pursuit, opiates are medications that people frequently abuse. Developed originally for the relief of severe and chronic pain, the side effects of opiates can be rather unpredictable and dangerous. (more…)

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