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Signs of Opiate Addiction

Because of the current opioid epidemic in the U.S., many health centers offer an opiate addiction treatment program. Is an opiate also an opioid? Opiates include controlled prescription drugs derived from opium, a chemical that occurs naturally in poppy plants. Opioids are any compound resembling opium in physiological effects or addictive properties. They’re not the…

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Recognizing Painkiller Abuse

If you or somebody you care about is struggling with painkiller abuse, the best way to handle it would be to consider professional painkiller addiction treatment. But before that, you need to make sure that you’re actually dealing with painkiller abuse. Painkillers pose a severe threat to health when someone misuses them. For people struggling…

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What Is Medication Assisted Treatment?

If you or someone you care about is struggling with a substance use disorder, you may have already heard about medication-assisted treatment programs. But what’s involved in medication-assisted treatment (MAT), exactly? You may be wondering which prescription drugs are used in MAT or why this method of care is recommended for the treatment of certain…

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Common Signs of Painkiller Abuse

Painkiller addiction treatment programs are common offerings in rehab centers because prescription painkillers are very effective and highly addictive — and people can develop a physical dependency on these drugs quickly, even while following their doctor’s prescription instructions. Prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Opana, Percocet, Vicodin, and fentanyl are meant to alleviate pain and improve the…

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Opioids and Chronic Pain

Opioid abuse and addiction are part of a nationwide epidemic. While many people are prescribed a short course of opioid painkillers after oral surgery, major and minor procedures, or injury, many also take opioids for chronic pain. When someone uses these drugs regularly, opioids are highly addictive and ineffective. Despite their highly addictive nature, opioids…

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Do I Need Painkiller Rehab?

Prescription painkillers are highly addictive. People across the United States struggle with painkiller addiction every day. Many prescription opioids, like Vicodin and OxyContin, are prescribed every day for pain. In addition, some people have prescription painkillers for dental work and post-surgical recovery. Others living with chronic pain rely on prescription opiates and opioids for relief.…

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Risks of Quitting Heroin Cold Turkey

Across the country, people struggle with heroin addiction. It can seem overwhelming and impossible to quit on their own, and in most cases, can be extremely dangerous. Detoxing from heroin at home often means quitting heroin cold turkey. Quitting any addictive substance suddenly can have physical and psychological risks and an increased risk of relapse…

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Recognizing Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is one of the leading addictions facing people countrywide. For many, what begins as routine use of painkillers for surgery or injury can easily escalate into painkiller abuse. Prescription drug addiction can take a physical, psychological, and emotional toll on users and their family and friends. Often those struggling with addiction hide…