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Addiction Of Heroin
Little Difference : Both drugs ate opiates and have identical effects in the body producing dependence and possibly addiction. The route of administration may contribute to the development of addiction with IV use and "snorting" more addictive than oral use, although all routes of use can be addictive, . ...Read more
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Yes: If by "real addiction" you mean "very hard to stop" and "can actually get physical symptoms when you try to stop", then indeed it is. The physical symptoms are milder but the craving is as real, and the risk of suicide is far greater. Don't look down on a compulsive gambler as weak; it's a strange combination of brain chemicals, and may respond to medication and/or wise talk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Addiction vs.: Dependence. Some drugs have effects on the body that the body becomes used to. This is dependence. If the drug is suddenly withdrawn, the patient will experience a withdrawal syndrome untill the body readjusts. Addiction is an uncontrollable, compulsive need for and use of a substance despite negative consequences (deteriorating health, memory, loss of relationships, legal problems, etc.). ...Read more
12 Panel Drug Test: Urine drug testing is a very accurate way to determine recent drug use history. It is the most common form of drug testing, used by schools, employers and families alike. A urine drug test requires collecting a small urine sample. No laboratory work is required - you can find out the results of your drug test almost instantly. Test for up to 13 drugs: marijuana * Cocaine * opiates * methamphetam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Addiction: Addiction alters one's ability to think clearly, make good choices and use sound judgement. It affects lives negatively usually in the form of time spent obsessing over obtaining the drug, and using the drug. As a result, relationships start suffering due to lack of nurturing and the person may even start missing work. The addict can no longer feel normal without the substance they are abusing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are the pros/cons and differences between suboxone, methadone, and naltrexone for heroin addiction?
Many: Each form of treatment is different , suboxone is a partial agonist and anatgonist which can induce precipted withdrawal when used with opioids, it can be prescribed out of a data licensed physician office. Methadone is a full agonist advantage inexpensive prescribeed at a Methadone cliniccon tolearnce and use of other narcotics.Naltrexone is a anatagonist that is requires abstinence can be costly. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Both!: It depends on what your body responds to the most. Both drugs are highly addictive and both are extremely difficult to stop using. One body may respond more to one of the substances and another body to the other one. However, neither drug is something to fool around with because of the detrimental effects on the body, brain and life of the addict. ...Read more
Easy...: If you are taking more than prescribed, then you are abusing. If you can't stop taking the medication, then you are dependent. Dependence is not necessarily a negative thing however, as you may depend on a medication for relief to function normally. ...Read more
What's the length of physical withdrawal symptoms from heroin, and which is worse-heroin, suboxone, of methadone-in terms of withdrawal duration and intensity?
There is no 1 answer: because there is enormous variability between people and all of these opioids (and others). However, in general heroin and other short-acting drugs produce a 5-10 day acute withdrawal, usually worst at 24-72 hours and is VERY severe&then improves, but a post-acute withdrawal which is milder but can last months. Buprenorphine is milder than methadone;both peak at 72 hours but can last many weeks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many: Loss of individual productivity, disruptions of the family unit causing society to support the family, behavioral consequences to the addicts family , criminal consequences, the least of which are thefts, murders, etc. Most serious is the loss of life from unintended overdoses with multiple other consequences. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smoking, probably: There are over 50 million smokers in the us, and it is a major cause of death and disability, in addition to enormous financial costs. Nobody knows how many problem gamblers there are, and there are few medical costs associated (although there is a higher rate of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse in problem gamblers). Both cause misery and pain to sufferers, their families and society at large. ...Read more
Addiction=Addiction: Alcohol is not illegal to possess. Alcohol is more toxic biologically. Alcohol withdrawal may be deadly, whereas heroin withdrawal, while uncomfortable, is not life threatening. Heroin, when injected, may lead to various systemic infections. Otherwise, the process of the two diseases may lead in the same direction (insanity and death), and the process of recovery is similar (mutual support). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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