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 […]

Chronic Alcoholism and Pneumonia

It is well known that chronic heavy drinking will eventually wreak havoc on the body. Specifically, most people are aware that untreated alcoholism ultimately leads to serious liver disease and failure. Other known health risks associated with alcoholism include pancreatitis, heart disease, dementia and brain damage, some cancers, and gastrointestinal conditions. One serious health concern […]

Shaking Hands Sign of Alcoholism

Alcoholism has a tendency to sneak up on a person. You may be a high functioning alcoholic who manages to sail through your days being productive and socially engaged without tipping off anyone that you struggle with alcohol abuse. But as sure as the sun comes out tomorrow, eventually alcoholism rears its ugly head and […]

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 […]

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 […]

EMDR Substance Abuse

Utilizing EMDR For Substance Abuse and PTSD Treatment While there is widespread agreement that addiction is a chronic relapsing disease, the factors that underpin the addiction are so varied that it is difficult to understand why the disease of addiction developed in the first place.  Why does one individual enjoy the ability to abuse a […]