People in recovery often live fuller, happier and healthier lives than they did even before opiate abuse began. If you are considering ending your opiate use, you know that life with addiction is no longer enjoyable or maintainable. You are ready to change, but you may hesitate to begin recovery because of fears of withdrawal […]
Signs & Symptoms
How to recognize the signs and symptoms of opiate addiction.
How Has Opiate Addiction Touched Your Life?
Addictions to prescription painkillers and other opiates dramatically affect modern American life, leading to thousands of yearly overdose deaths and harm to families and communities. The dramatic increase in overdoses and addictions since the 1990s demands attention. More people want solutions, bringing changes to laws and increased access to treatment. (more…)
How to Know When an Opiate User Needs Emergency Help
When an individual abuses opiates, it can be confusing to know when help is needed. It is clear that an opiate user needs immediate help if he or she suffers an overdose, but help is also needed if the individual suffers from addiction. Opiate addiction is a serious issue as statistics show over 4.3 million […]
Does Opiate Abuse Have Permanent Side Effects?
Opiate abuse is a problem that affects many people worldwide. The statistics are mindboggling; estimates have shown between 26 million and 36 million people abuse opiates. Some of the opiates commonly abused include drugs such as heroin, morphine, Percocet or OxyContin. All opiates have the potential to be addictive. For this reason prescription opiates are […]
When Using Opiates Becomes a Habit
Opiates are a class of powerful painkillers used to treat patients after surgery or to control chronic pain. Opiates work in the central nervous system to produce sedation and a feeling of euphoria. (more…)
How Does Opiate Addiction Denial End?
Denial is oftentimes symptomatic of opiate addiction. This denial might present itself as rationalization, blaming others, or intellectualization. Regardless of what form the denial takes, it most certainly creates a barrier between addicts and their successful recovery. While opiate addiction can be disastrous – even life-threatening, individuals can be helped only after they come to […]
How to Overcome Opiate Cravings
Opiates are a category of drugs—both legal and illegal—derived from opium poppies. Some commonly prescribed opiates include Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Morphine and Codeine. Heroin is also an opiate, but unlike painkillers, it is an illegal drug. Opiates effect how the brain interprets pain. The amount of endorphins—the body’s natural way of reducing pain and the […]
Secret Opiate Addiction
Opiates are a group of narcotic analgesics or painkillers that act as depressants on the central nervous system. Common examples of opiates include the following: Heroin Morphine Codeine Hydrocodone Vicodin Oxycodone OxyContin Percocet Fentanyl Tramadol (more…)
Best Solutions for Opiate Abuse and Side Effects
Opiates may seem like wonder drugs at first. If you face acute or chronic pain, they can provide immediate relief. If you struggle with mental health issues, they can provide an immediate sense of escape. If you are stressed, bored or struggling to fit in with a certain social group, they can provide a sense […]
Opiate Addiction in the Workplace
Opiate addiction is a powerful issue that can overtake a person’s life. Behaviors and attitudes change so that once-reliable individuals become irresponsible or untrustworthy. These changes affect the workplace, and addiction can impact coworkers and productivity. The American Council for Drug Education (ACDE) reports the following statistics about drugs in the workplace: 70 percent of […]