Opioid Addiction

Plan to Give Yourself Grace for the New Year

Whether you love or hate resolutions, there is no doubt they’re a time-honored New Year’s tradition for many people. And, while it’s never a bad idea to identify areas of your life in need of improvement, it’s also wise to recognize where you are on [...]

Not So Sunny in the Sunshine State: Opioid Addiction in Florida

In the field of medicine, opioids are used as pain relievers. This class of drugs is legitimately available by prescription for people who need immediate pain relief after a serious accident or for those that suffer from chronic pain. Familiar names include oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), [...]

OxyContin, Oxycodone and Prescription Opioid Abuse

Addiction to prescription opioid painkillers has been a problem from just about the time that opioids were first prescribed. The take-away from this is that all opioids have a high potential for abuse and addiction. Not only are they physically addictive, they are also mentally [...]

6 Myths About Opioid Use Disorder

The United States may represent fewer than 5% of the world’s population, but we consume more opioids than any other country: approximately 30% of the world’s supply.(1) It’s no wonder why addiction was declared a national emergency. Opioids, including prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl, killed [...]

How to Detox From Heroin Safely

When opiates like heroin, codeine, fentanyl, methadone, oxycodone and hydrocodone are taken for extended periods of time or in excessive amounts, it alters brain chemistry and can lead to dependence or addiction. Heroin’s impact on the brain causes an overwhelming dependence on the substance. Attempting [...]

Is It Safe to Quit Drugs or Alcohol Cold Turkey?

For many people who struggle with substance use disorder, quitting abruptly, or “cold turkey,” is appealing because it offers a fresh start that immediately separates a person from the people, places and other reminders of substance use. However, quitting so suddenly poses serious health complications, [...]

What Is the Difference Between Opioids and Opiates?

The terms "opioid" and "opiate" are often used interchangeably, but now that use has reached epidemic levels and was declared a national emergency, it’s useful to understand the difference between the two and how they affect the end-user, especially if that person is you or [...]

Could kratom be the antidote to the opioid epidemic?

As the opioid epidemic rages on, more people are searching for ways to wean themselves off of opioids. One natural substance that has reportedly shown promise among those suffering from opioid addiction is kratom. Is kratom an opioid? Kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, is a plant [...]

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New study finds that duration, not dosage, poses greater risk for opioid misuse

As a nation ravaged by an opioid epidemic, much of the discussion is centered around how dosage leads to addiction, but a recent Harvard Medical School study published in the British Medical Journal suggests otherwise. The study found among surgery patients with no history of [...]

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Opioid Relapse After Detox

It is an unfortunate reality that relapse is a part of a number of people’s recovery story. Sometimes multiple stents in recovery centers are required for the seed of recovery to take root. It is not something to be ashamed of, and relapse should not [...]