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The Uses and Dangers of Prescription Opioids

June 15, 2020

Pain takes many forms including minor aches, temporary bouts of sharp pain, or chronic pain. For those pains beyond the norm, doctors may prescribe medication that is stronger than typical over-the-counter pain relievers. Opioids are a class of prescription painkillers that help blunt severe pain and can be very helpful for those recovering from physical trauma including surgery. Opioids, such as methadone, have also been used to treat those with an opioid addiction. However, using any opioid medication may also carry risks.

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How Common Is Addiction?

January 31, 2020

We hear heartbreaking stories of addiction, overdose and relapse virtually every day. In most cases, these stories relate to celebrities or otherwise well-known people that have succumbed to the disease. Alternately, we hear of truly shocking behaviors that happened under the influence. Sadly, the day-to-day stories about addiction are too many to cover and have, for most people, become normal and expected. Overdose deaths often become the norm, in many people’s eyes, with the overwhelming statistics we see on drug use and addiction. This is not totally surprising. Indeed, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that almost everyone has been affected by addiction or knows someone who has battled substance abuse or addiction – either alcohol or drugs.

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Addiction Comes in Threes

February 23, 2017

Three wise men. Three stooges. Three ring circus. Many things come in threes and in the world of addiction, we see this time and time again. For example, it is not uncommon for a heroin addict to also have a food, gambling or sex addiction. Someone who is addicted to painkillers is likely to have sexual impulsivity or an addiction to money. Why does it come in threes? It has to do with symmetry, a spiritual component and the good vs. evil different parts of us. Depending on one’s drug of choice, it taps into a certain part of the…

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The Reality of Codeine Addiction

May 2, 2016

After Australian rapper 360 admitted to a codeine addiction through a song in which he apologized to fans for canceling 13 dates on a tour last year, a number of organizations in that country called for pulling codeine products from drugstore shelves and making them available by prescription only. Codeine is an opiate pain reliever that's prescribed to relieve mild pain, coughs and diarrhea. In the U.S., codeine is listed under Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act, which means that it has medical value, but it also has a high potential for abuse and addiction. While a handful of…

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Former Players Sue the NFL for Painkiller Abuse

May 22, 2014

Painkiller abuse is at the center of a major lawsuit involving the NFL. Former football players are suing the league with very serious implications that they were given painkillers illegally to mask pain symptoms from their sports-related injuries leading to subsequent addictions to them. The NFL’s Alleged Drug Culture According to the eight former NFL players who have created the lawsuit, they have all suffered tremendously mentally, physically and financially over the years due to severe drug addictions they developed as a result of the unethical painkiller abuse in the league. As players they say they were handed pills for…

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Is Prescription Drug Abuse Ever Going to End?

April 1, 2014

Prescription drug abuse has become quite an unfortunate epidemic in past years and continues to grow. The reasons it has been able to reach such a level is due to the fact that there are so many people with proper prescriptions who actually have a need for the use of medications such as painkillers for their chronic conditions. Sometimes it may seem like the epidemic is going to rise continually without ever reaching an end. The Epidemic of Prescription Drug Abuse Prescription drug abuse has become a true epidemic for various reasons. One such reason is the various methods clients…

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10 Steps to Help Someone Overcome Prescription Drug Abuse

January 14, 2013

Struggling with prescription drug abuse can be difficult, not only for the individual but also for loved ones. When someone struggles with prescription drug abuse, they may not know where to start to battle their addiction or how to look for help.  While as a loved one you may feel that you can rescue someone from prescription drug abuse, there is no way to force someone into successful recovery.  You cannot force someone to get clean or stay clean, instead focus on helping them recognize the benefits of seeking treatment and sober living. Ten Steps to Prescription Drug Abuse Rehab…

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The Truth About Amphetamines

August 3, 2012

Amphetamines, like all drugs, are chemical compounds that are used to influence the way the body functions. Many people use them to help them become faster, stronger or smarter. Amphetamines, such as Dexadrine, Ritalin, and Adderall, work by stimulating the central nervous system. Use of these stimulants is now common incompetitive schools, sports, and the health professions. Unfortunately, what often begins as a way of overcoming a triple shift at the hospital or packed week of exams turns into a habit. After all, if the drug improved performance once, then it should do so again and again and again, right?…

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Drug Abuse for Athletes

July 18, 2012

Prescription drug abuse is common among professional athletes. The history of athletes using substances for artificially increasing performance dates back to ancient Greece, where athletes would use substances to enhance performance.  Unfortunately, performance enhancing substances often have addictive qualities and eventual health consequences. National Hockey League player Derek Boogaard joined a long list of professional athletes suffering from addiction. Boorgaard was only 28 years old when a deadly combination of alcohol and prescription sleep aids claimed his life. Investigations performed by law enforcement and Boogaard’s father revealed the athlete had 25 separate prescriptions for pain medications and sleeping aids for…

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Prescription Drug Rehab Becoming More Necessary

April 8, 2011

The need for prescription drug rehab has increased dramatically over the past few years as prescription drug abuse becomes more predominant.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), women are 55 percent more likely than men to be prescribed a drug, which makes them more susceptible to abuse and addiction. To combat the rise in prescription drug addiction, some treatment centers have started to offer prescription drug rehab and the best programs have gender-specific (male or women only) programs available.

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