Opioid Treatments

Opiods, Pain relief
Opioid Treatments for Recovery There are several opioid treatments that will usually be used in conjunction with one another. In addition to therapy to support the recovering addict, various medications and other modalities might be used as well. Drug therapy during detox One of the opioid treatments that might ne used is a replacement opiate will be prescribed, such as buprenorphine or methadone. This helps support the person and evens out their mental and physical symptoms while they go through what is essentially a detoxification program to rid the body of the opioids. Buprenorphine (BOO-pren-OR-fin) Buprenorphine is the first drug to be allowed to be used in a regular doctor’s office, as compared to methadone, which must be administered in a clinical setting. Buprenorphine is an opioid, but less addictive…
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Opioid Withdrawal

Depression, Opiods, Pain relief
Opioid withdrawal can be one of the most difficult things a person will do in their lifetime. Many people who hear about addiction to prescription opioids underestimate the difficulty of stopping the drug and trying to live a normal life. The first problem is the physical side effects and symptoms of withdrawal, especially if the person with an addiction tries to go “cold turkey” and give up immediately, rather than gradually reduce their dosage and wean themselves off the drug. Opioid withdrawal symptoms Opioid withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable for some people. They will usually manifest as intense flu-like symptoms that can last for days or even weeks. During this period of time, it’s very tempting to end the suffering by just going back on the opioids, so real commitment…
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Opioid Abuse

Opiods, Pain relief
Who Is Most At Risk For Opioid Abuse? The 5 populations most at risk for use, overuse and opioid abuse are: • Teens • Women • Seniors • Athletes • “Weekend warriors” Teens Opioid prescriptions for teens doubled in the period from 1994 to 2017. Teens use them for recreation as well as pain relief. They share medicines with adult and each other. They also abuse cough and cold remedies. Women Women tend to suffer more health conditions that lead to chronic pain, such as arthritis (especially rheumatoid arthritis) and fibromyalgia. They are often prescribed higher doses, for longer periods of time which can lead to opioid abuse. Women might also be chemically more susceptible to dependence and addiction compared with men. Seniors Seniors also suffer from pain-producing health conditions,…
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What Are Opioids?

Back Pain, Opiods, Opiods, Pain relief
Opioids (pronounced OH-pee-oyds) are derived from opium, and are substances that act on opioid receptors in the brain to produce pain relief. They are used medically for pain relief and anesthesia. However, they are also being used recreationally to produce a “high” in which the person’s physical and emotional pain is numbed and they experience a sense of pleasure and reward in the brain. Heroin is one example of an illicit form of opioids use to alter mood and evoke feelings of well-being and happiness. Why are opioids a problem? The growing crisis with reference to opioids is related to the use and abuse of prescription opioids. They are powerful pain killers, true, but they are also highly addictive. A recent survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services…
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Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

Opiods, Pain relief
As more and more people suffer from opioid addiction, observable patterns have emerged. These signs might be seen in oneself, or in a loved one taking opioids. Psychological symptoms and mood disorders of opioid addiction: • Increased anxiety without any identifiable cause • Anxiety attacks • Euphoria, that is, a feeling of happiness and well-being • Psychosis, that is, thoughts and perceptions that don’t match reality, such as a person becoming paranoid or thinking they have superhuman powers • Improved self-esteem, acting proud, or more outgoing than usual • Depression • Irritability • A lack of motivation Behavioral symptoms of opioid addiction: • Opioids are used for longer or at a greater amount than intended • Unsuccessful attempts to decrease the amount of opioids taken • Large amount of time…
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