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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Heroin Addiction (Overview)

Heroin addiction starts with recreational drug use. After prolonged use, individuals experience tolerance to the effects of heroin and require a greater dose to achieve the same effects. Users also develop dependence to the opioid drug and may experience withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation.


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What can I do to help a colleague with a heroin addiction ?

What can I do to help a colleague with a heroin addiction ?

Avoid codependency: While it is important to support a person with an addition, you also want to make sure you don't facilitate or enable their addictive behavior. One of the best things you can do is become more educated about addiction and addictive behavior, then you will be able to avoid things that enable the addiction. Consider going to a support group like alanon to learn more. Also read about codependency. ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
43 doctors shared insights

Heroin Addiction (Overview)

Heroin addiction starts with recreational drug use. After prolonged use, individuals experience tolerance to the effects of heroin and require a greater dose to achieve the same effects. Users also develop dependence to the opioid drug and may experience withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation.


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How does methadone work for heroin addiction?

How does methadone work for heroin addiction?

Mutual support helps: Methadone replaces the heroin, releasing the addict from the time, energy and legal risks of using heroin. Consider using some of this time and energy to engage in a recovery process involving a mutual support group like narcotics anonymous. ...Read more

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Overcoming Addiction & Substance Withdrawal (Checklist)

counseling
1 hrs, every other day for 3 months
tell your doctor. and seek medical care
once
develop support network, stop lying, tell family
once
12 step program support
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What are the major symptoms of heroin addiction?

Step One of NA: We admitted we were powerless over our addiction, that our lives had become unmanageable. For more information, you might consider attending a meeting of narcotics anonymous or visit their web site at na.Org. ...Read more

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What are the tests for heroin addiction?

What are the tests for heroin addiction?

Troubles from it: Similarly to other addictions, you have it if you do it instead of doing other important things, if you think about it all the time, if you cannot stop doing it even though you realize it is detrimental., etc etc. Also, by the way, you have withdrawals from not using it. Withdrawals can be classical, or just insomnia, anxiety, etc. If you feel better after doing heroin - you are also addicted. ...Read more

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Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.

Can 7 months of methadone treatment for heroin addiction cause a LARGE weight gain? Eating reasonably. Swelling in hands & feet.

I see it sometimes: Opiods interfere with appetite and metabolism controls in the hypothalamus. In fact, opioid blockers lead to weight loss. Weight gain is more pronounced when other meds are also used. I have the swelling as well but don't understand the mechanism ...Read more

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What is the treatment for heroin addiction?

What is the treatment for heroin addiction?

Mix Many Approaches: Consider medications to block cravings (discuss options with ur doc). Develop and strengthen functional rituals to replace dysfunctional rituals of addiction. Strengthen your social network. Consider joining a 12-step program (na) and try to establish a home meeting and sponsor as early as possible. If you relapse, don't give up - discuss with your sponsor, learn and try again, and again and again. ...Read more

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How long to cure heroin addiction?

How long to cure heroin addiction?

Time to cure addicti: Depends on your motivation, resources, and support system. Addiction is a chronic disease. The treatment is behavior modification, which is life long, life style , change. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

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