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How can someone kick an opiate addiction?

How can someone kick an opiate addiction?

Multiple strategies: First step is safe detox. Then, often in early stage of recovery Methadone or Suboxone maintenance or natlrexone can play a role. Delete phone numbers of all your using friends from your phone contacts. Change your phone number so that they can't call you. Get involved with na. Find something that will replace your habits and rituals surrounding the addiction. Talk to your doctor. Good luck. ...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


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Can you tell me how someone kick an opiate addiction?

Can you tell me how someone kick an opiate addiction?

Many: Ways to help someone get off the opioids. I would talk to your doctor and get on a weaning program. Also there are non addicting meds to help with the withdraw symptoms. Ask questions so you are prepared for what will happen. Good luck ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can someone kick an opiate addiction?

Can you tell me how can someone kick an opiate addiction?

With help: Firstly, I admire you. It may be easier (or harder) than you expect, but it's a good thing to do in any case. There are resources to help. Withdrawal can be serious and it's wise to have medical support thru that stage. Maintenance is also easier with support. There are groups as well as individual therapists for that. Best wishes on this effort. A good link:
http://www. Addictions. Com/opiate/. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could someone kick an opiate addiction?

Can you tell me how could someone kick an opiate addiction?

Various ways: Short-term detox with methadone, Buprenorphine or Clonidine can be effective, especially when combined with an intensive treatment program, but the relapse rates are high. There are "blocking" agents like naltrexone, also available as a long-acting injection (vivitrol), which protects the person from "getting high" on opioids. Maintenance therapies with methadone/buprenorphine have best results. ...Read more

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Opiate addiction, how to get help?

Opiate addiction, how to get help?

Talk to your doc: There are lots if resources and treatment centers around, but will vary depending on your community. Your doctor can help you find the best place for treatment ...Read more

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What are signs of opiate addiction?

Dependence syndome: Regarding opioid withdrawal: reactions are very uncomfortable but are not life threatening. Symptoms usually start within 12 hours of last heroin usage and within 30 hours of last Methadone exposure. ...Read more

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Opiate addiction. How can I get help?

Opiate addiction. How can I get help?

Contact an addiction: Hotline or call a mental health clinic near where you live. They will meet with you or refer you to the proper level of care with specialists who deal in opiate addictions. Don't delay, they can help you fight the addiction. ...Read more

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What is a good drug for opiate addiction?

What is a good drug for opiate addiction?

Many options, but...: Naltrexone, methadone and suboxone are the drugs used to treat opiate addiction. However, these drugs merely buy u time by lowering ur risk of relapse while you engage in the core work of recovery - which is disengaging from using friends, building new rituals to replace those of addiction, going to NA, working with a sponsor, going through an (usually outpatient) treatment program. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Where can I get help with opiate addiction?

Where can I get help with opiate addiction?

Specialists: In addiction medicine can be sourced through your state or local medical society... ...Read more

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What can I do bout my opiate addiction and wd?

There are levels: There is narcotic replacement. Methadone and suboxone are the two best.

There is damping the symptoms. Clonidine blocks stress hormone responses (shakes), imodium is quite good with the diarrhea (it is a narcotic). Mostly the main symptoms are not well treated except by narcotics.

But then, there is getting used to the symptoms. This occurs with repeatedly going into mild withdrawal. ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat an opiate addiction?

By a specialist: This is a sophisticated specialty that is always advancing with newer drugs to help with withdrawal.
Your local er or narcotics anonymous should be able to guide you--and your family doctor might be a good resource too. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can hide an opiate addiction?

I would not: Recommend hiding an addiction. It is a very dangerous life threatening illness and you need help. Get professional help as soon as possible. They will help you overcome the addiction. ...Read more

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How do you get help for a severe opiate addiction?

How do you get help for a severe opiate addiction?

Suboxone: Opioid detoxification with Suboxone or Methadone is an option. You need to get into a support group setting. ...Read more

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For what length of time does it take to recover from opiate addiction?

Lifetime: If the addiction was acquired during a painful illness, recovery can be very fast aided by humane protocols such as used by the military in burn units. If it was a recreational use or from ill-advised prescribing, the person will never be fully normal or able to approach opiates again without having terrible things happen in the mind. ...Read more

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I'm on day six of withdrawling from an opiate addiction and I haven't slept for the past three nights, why is that and how long will it be until I can?

I'm on day six of withdrawling from an opiate addiction and I haven't slept for the past three nights, why is that and how long will it be until I can?

Hyperarousal: Opiate withdrawal causes autonomic system hyperarousal. This includes increased heart rate, blood pressure, insomnia, etc. Sleep disturbance of some degree can continue for weeks. Not sleeping for several days, in addition to being uncomfortable, may lead to increased vulnerability to re-starting opiate use. If you are trying to stay away from opiates, help from a doctor will increase success. ...Read more

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What's the thomas recipe for opiate addiction and why is it named that?

What's the thomas recipe for opiate addiction and why is it named that?

Opiate withdrawal: "thomas recipe" appears to be a protocol developed by non-physicians (named "thomas") to withdraw from opiates. It involves benzodiazepines (which don't have cross-tolerance with opiates), certain nutrients, imodium, (loperamide) etc. You would probably be safer treated by physicians trained in addiction medicine. ...Read more

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How do people use Suboxone to control opiate addiction?

Buprenorphine helps: Buprenorphine (suboxone) is used as a medication for detoxification and/or maintenance for opiate addiction. It works by binding to the opiate receptors, providing partial stimulation to these receptors, but not causing a high. Buprenorphine also blocks other opiate medications from acting on the receptor, so the addict is not able to get high while taking this medication. Mutual support helps. ...Read more

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Does having an opiate addiction make you more sensitive to pain?

Apparently: Opioid dependence lowers the pain threshold over time. So less and less pain stimuli are perceived as greater and greater pain. This is a form of opioid seeking originating in the pleasure area of brain. After detox and sobriety, pain thresholds increase slowly to preaddiction levels. Perfeption of pain is one of the major reasons that opioid users have difficulty getting off them. ...Read more

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Can having an opiate addiction cause a decrease in sexual desires?

Yes: And beyond that, any drug addition will cause a decrease in all desires, other than the desire to use more drugs. ...Read more

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What can I do if my fiance quit an opiate addiction cold turkey. Is it possible?

Yes but not safe: It is possible to withdraw from opiates cold turkey, but not advise able. There can be serious and sometimes life-threatening physical side effects from withdrawal. It is best done with medical supervision. ...Read more

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What nutrients does the body need the most when bouncing back from opiate addiction?

What nutrients does the body need the most when bouncing back from opiate addiction?

Opiates: I am not aware of particular nutrient deficits caused by opioid addiction other than often patients with addiction to drugs/alcohol have a poor nutritional state primarily due to poor diet and self care. Cessation of chronic addiction behavior and resumption of a healthy diet and lifestyle will have the desired effect of improving overall health and mental well-being. ...Read more

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What happens if I go to rehab for a opiate addiction will they try take me off of my other meds?

What happens if I go to rehab for a opiate addiction will they try take me off of my other meds?

Detox vs rehab: Depends on program. Some will want to detox you from all addicting meds, most will appreciate that meds like Klonopin (clonazepam) need more gradual taper. You should ask first. Most programs recognize the need to treat coexisting depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders, but would select meds that are less prone to abuse. Discuss with rehab program and ask if they have a consulting psychiatrist. Rehab is mostly done outpt now and realize pts can't stop all meds. ...Read more

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I've struggled for 5 years with a bad opiate addiction. Clean 6 days now, and I'm determined to stay clean. The emotional withdraws, how long til relief?

All my best wishes!: You've done a great thing and you are past the worst phase. This article will really help w/ the 2nd & 3rd phases. Http://www. Alltreatment. Com/heroin-withdrawal-timeline
Here is also a link to my personal website where you can leave a message as a reply. I'm very near Rolla and may be able to offer some support in your efforts. You can succeed. Be both firm and gentle w/ yourself. ...Read more

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What is ibogaine and is it successful for the treatment of opiate addiction?

What is ibogaine and is it successful for the treatment of opiate addiction?

Ibogaine: Is a naturally occuring psychoactive agent in iboga plants, used in some countries to detox. From opiates & alcohol & narcotics. It is known to cause hallucinations & dissociative states & is banned in most countries. ...Read more

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What is ibogaine, and how successful is it for the treatment of opiate addiction?

What is ibogaine, and how successful is it for the treatment of opiate addiction?

See below: It is a hallucinogenic substance that is not available in the us. Treatment for opiate addiction does not have scientific support. ...Read more

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What can I do about opiate addiction and paws (post acute withdrawal syndrome)?

What can I do about opiate addiction and paws (post acute withdrawal syndrome)?

Another option: Is to see an Addiction specialist who can place you on Buprenorphine and develop a plan for completing your detox. ...Read more

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My mom has a bad opiate addiction we already know she needs professional help but with no insurance and low income nobody seems to want to help?

My mom has a bad opiate addiction we already know she needs professional help but with no insurance and low income nobody seems to want to help?

A clinic is best: Your mom should get treatment and your advocacy for her is important. Without insurance, the best place to get treatment is in a clinic setting. See if there is a city or community based clinic that can see your mom. Hope this answer helps. Best of luck. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Pollard
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Opiates (Definition)

Opiates are a type of drug including pain medicines like morphine and ...Read more


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