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Doctor insights on: How To Avoid Addiction When Using Pain Meds

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Do dr's that deal with detox medicine take insurance and if so how do I find one I have am addiction to pain meds and want help but can't afford alot?

Absolutely: It is so important and courageous that you are addressing this addiction! :-) talk with your primary doctor about a plan, if needed she/he can recommend specialist near by that takes your insurance. If those options are not possible, there is a local community mental health center in your county that can provide services at low or no cost. Reach out today! ...Read more

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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


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How can I determine if I am suffering from pain meds addiction or just impulse pain pill abuse?

How can I determine if I am suffering from pain meds addiction or just impulse pain pill abuse?

Ask yourself...: Is my pain med use causing problems in my work, school, physical, finances or relationships ? Have i been taking meds exactly as prescribed ? Am i needing increasing amounts of the meds to stem withdrawal symptoms ? Have i used meds for any other purpose besides pain relief ? "just impulse pain pill abuse" can kill you. Seek help. Treatment works. ...Read more

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I need to talk with a compassionate physican about severe chronic pain and drug addiction and how to get the care i need i was in a car that was struck by a train 12 yrs ago and I have many problems with my back now. I didn't become addicted to pain meds

I need to talk with a compassionate physican about severe chronic pain and drug addiction and how to get the care i need i was in a car that was struck by a train 12 yrs ago and I have many problems with my back now.  I didn't become addicted to pain meds

Frustrating: Exhaust your non-narcotic options first, with nsaids, acetaminophen, topicals, neuroleptic, snri and a tca as appropriate. Most providers think an opioid meds will cause relapse, but truth is your under treated pain is much more dangerous. Cd history is often presumed drug seeking, but actually this means u r twice as likely to have chronic pain issue. Find someone trained in both cd&pain. ...Read more

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Is tramadol addictive? I get extremely aggitated the day after i take it. Taking more alleviates the symptoms. None of my other pain meds do this.

Is tramadol addictive?  I get extremely aggitated the day after i take it.  Taking more alleviates the symptoms.  None of my other pain meds do this.

Other side effects: Tramadol can be addictive. The other side effect with tramadol is that it lowers your seizure threshold. This drug may not be the right one for you as it may be causing agitation which could lead to seizures. Please consult with your pcp. ...Read more

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Trying to understand why my pain meds are ordered IM vs using my IV I have.(Hospice rn here - we avoid IM at all times) s/p total hysterectomy here. So benefit of using IM vs IV Dilaudid? Aren't they equal analgesia? Same peak, onset, duration

Trying to understand why my pain meds are ordered IM vs using my IV I have.(Hospice rn here - we avoid IM at all times) s/p total hysterectomy here. So benefit of using IM vs IV Dilaudid? Aren't they equal analgesia? Same peak, onset, duration

Only surgeon knows: Only your surgeon knows why he ordered them IM. With IM dosing, there is some variable lag time before onset and peak. http://reference.medscape.com/drug/dilaudid-hydromorphone-343313 You will recover faster from surgery the sooner you are able to get off IV/IM pain medications and start walking and using oral medications. Maybe your surgeon is giving them IM to encourage you to switch to oral ...Read more

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As a cd/t grl, i want to try anal sex but avoid pain! I have two pain meds and wonder which is best for it? Take two tablets of oxycodone acetaminophen 5-325, or try my ondansetron odt 4mg ?

As a cd/t grl, i want to try anal sex but avoid pain! I have two pain meds and wonder which is best for it? Take two tablets of oxycodone acetaminophen 5-325, or try my ondansetron odt 4mg ?

I would avoid either: Intercourse should never be so painful that it requires medication. There are many instructional videos or books available to help with introducing anal sex into your relationship. However, remember, the anus was not designed for sex, i would recommend staying with traditional vaginal intercourse. ...Read more

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Does using add medication increase or decrease your future risk for drug addiction?

Does using add medication increase or decrease your future risk for drug addiction?

I very much doubt it: Ever since strauss-leightnen syndrome was repackaged as add some 40 years ago, Ritalin (methylphenidate) & amphetamines were used with varying success in school children, I am not aware of any convincing evidence for addiction. Rather , the problem is young adults seeking Adderall or an amphetamine for their well rehearsed litany of subjective difficulties that fit adhd. ...Read more

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How do drug addictions start?

How do drug addictions start?

Drug addiction: Starts by using a drug that briefly gives you pleasure or relieves distress. The most addicting drugs produce tolerance -- more drug is needed to get the same effect -- & cause withdrawal reactions -- you feel terrible as the drug leaves your body. Addictions are misguided attempts to feel good. They are temporary & can cause more problems than they solve, including permanent brain damage. ...Read more

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Why is drug use during adolescence more likely to lead to addiction than later in life?

Brain development: Because adolescent's brains are still developing, they are more prone to becoming addicted. ...Read more

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Can drug, alcohol or any other kind of addiction be only a symptom of a larger problem?

Can drug, alcohol or any other kind of addiction be only a symptom of a larger problem?

Sometimes: Sometimes people abuse drugs or other substances to cope or distract themselves from other issues. Such as a person with depression taking drugs to try avoiding feeling sad. ...Read more

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Do you know any social services that give help to teenagers who are recovering from drug addictions?

25% or our youth ---: I am sorry to say that i know of no companies. Hazeldon treatment center in minnesota, and elsewhere, has a sliding scale for patients who cannot afford full price or do not have health insurance. Most big health insurers cover addiction treatment. For free resources to treat addiction try aa, and na, as well as nami (national alliance on mental illness). For funding try gofundme.Com. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my daughter (and only child) 32yrs sick with a bad drug/alcohal addiction for the past 3nd1/2 yrs and, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my daughter (and only child) 32yrs sick with a bad drug/alcohal addiction for the past 3nd1/2 yrs and, what do you suggest?

Alcoholism: Alcohol/drug abuse is a very challenging illness -- not only because it is deadly, but also because the ill person may not be interested in change. Desire for drugs can eclipse everything else in life. Your first step could be attending alanon, which educates ; supports family members. Trained interventionists can also help families intervene with their loved ones so that they accept help. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction chronical disease?

Yes: The addictions cross each other. If you stop drinking alcohol and start using pills you are still at the same spot. And it may not be drugs alone ...Gambling, food, sex, porn...And so forth may replace your drug of choice...But, in the end, however you slice it... You stand at the same, spot....Alone, miserable, disoriented...And once in a while thinking, where... Did all friends and loved one disappear.. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is drug addiction?

What kind of condition is drug addiction?

Destructive: Drug addiction postpones living life to the full and sometimes accelerates death. ...Read more

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What are the signs/symptoms of a drug addiction?

What are the signs/symptoms of a drug addiction?

See below: When use of a drug has led to identifiable negative consequences in your life yet you can not control your use or your thoughts about the drug, than an addiction like exists. ...Read more

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What are the physical effects of drug addiction?

Depends on the drug: Alcohol tends to affect every organ system. Narcotics tend to affect the brain (pain pathways) more. Stimulants such as Cocaine and amphetamines can affect the heart, brain, and circulation. ...Read more

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