fentanyl patch addiction treatment

Fentanyl is a powerful prescription opioid derived from morphine, and often marketed under the brand name Duragesic. The drug is very potent, at least fifty times more so than morphine. Fentanyl is typically reserved for cancer patients who receive palliative care in managing extreme pain. The fentanyl patch is a slow-release form of the drug, […]

xanax withdrawal symptoms cold turkey

Xanax (alprazolam) is one of the drugs in the benzodiazepine family, a fast-acting sedative that is wildly popular in the U.S. In fact, with an estimated 49 million Xanax prescriptions written in 2012, Xanax is the most prescribed benzodiazepine and the second most prescribed psychotropic drug in the country (after Vicodin). Xanax is intended for […]

why do opiates make you sick

Opiates, whether in prescription pill form or in the form of heroin, can make you feel nauseous when you take them and nauseous when you stop them after forming a physical dependence. The drugs provoke a powerful response by the central nervous system, triggering and altering brain chemistry that can result in gastrointestinal distress. To […]

Taking Too Much Pain Medication

When prescription painkillers burst onto the scene in the 90s they were seen as a wonder drug. These powerful analgesics could swiftly manage moderate to severe pain and were supposedly non-habit forming. Well we all know the end of that story, as these synthetic opioids turned out to be extremely addicting and have resulted in […]

opiates to manage pain

Given the epidemic of opioid and opiate drug abuse in the United States, people should probably avoid using opiates to manage pain, especially chronic pain, even when they are prescribed by a doctor. The side effects and dangers are too great. Rather than take the risk, it might be better to consider natural, non-addictive ways […]

Heroin and Fentanyl

About four years ago there was a sudden surge in overdose deaths, at the time attributed to heroin. It wasn’t clear why the drastic uptick in heroin overdoses were happening at first. Eventually, the answer came: Fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is at least fifty times more potent than morphine, used in the […]

Long Term Effects of Vicodin Use

Most of us have taken Vicodin for some reason or another, whether to control painful dental infections, sustaining an injury, or following surgery. Vicodin is the most highly prescribed opioid in the U.S., with 136 million prescriptions filled in 2013, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. But just as with other prescription pain medications, the […]

How to Break Ambien Addiction

Insomnia is one of the most mentioned complaints heard in the doctor’s office. It seems more people struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep than ever before, and subsequently a large number of Americans are dependent on sleep inducing medications. In fact, between 50-70 million adults struggle with a sleep disorder, according to the Centers […]

what helps hydrocodone withdrawal symptoms

Hydrocodone, a Schedule II controlled substance known under the brand names Norco, Lorcet, Lortab, and Vicodin, is a codeine-based synthetic opioid analgesic. Street names of the drug include vikes, vicos, tabs, hydros, perks, 357s, and Watsons. Hydrocodone is available in either pill form, in doses of 10 mg-120 mg per tablet, or in liquid form. The […]

Opiate Dependency

Treating Opiate Dependency No matter how badly someone wants to quit using opiates, getting free from opiate dependence will take much more than willpower alone.  As the drug epidemic in the U.S. continues to ratchet up, addiction programs strive to meet the demand and provide various treatment measures that will offer hope.   Since 2013 […]