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Medicine For Heroin Addiction
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
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
VARIETY OF PLACES: First off great if you are finally getting help. There may be an inpatient facility where you can begin the detox process or a clinic. There may be a doctor in your area that does suboxone treatment and you can locate this on suboxone.Com then you will want some support like narcotics anonymous or some other group. Good luck and hang in there. The treatments really do work. ...Read more
Lots: Instant death from od, loss of family, friends. Legal problems, risky behavior to support habit. Loss of values. Incomprehensible demoralization. Hiv, hepatitis. No sex drive. Homelessness. Basically complete loss of mind, body and spirit. But no matter how bad it has gotten there is always hope and recovery and a new life if you are willing to work for it and ask for help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Shortens It: Heroine addiction makes it more likely that an individual contract HIV & hepatitis c. It also makes one less likely to engage in regular health maintenance. It often decreases quality of life by eroding relationships & makes it more likely for people to engage in illegal activities to maintain their habit. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HELP: Admit to yourself that you are powerless against heroin, and that you need help. This means detox, rehab, and totally redefining your life, and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. This also involves the terror of facing life head on, on life's terms, without heroin. And by the way, the reason you attend meetings is not to keep yourself sober; it's to help the guy/gal next to you to remain sober. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could lead to danger: Heroin users are at risk for contracting hiv, hepatitis c & other infectious diseases, through sharing/reuse of syringes and injection paraphernalia used by infected individuals -- or through unprotected sex with an infected person. These diseases are transmitted via infected blood. Blood in the mouth, could possibly transmit the virus. Kissing could lead to unprotected sex, risking hiv. ...Read more
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See addictionologist: You can see a psychiatrist who also specializes in addiction medicine. S/he can evaluate your clinical situation, including any additional psychiatric illnesses that might complicate your recovery. If you elect to stop the heroin, a detox and withdrawal program can be started -- and treatment of your addiction can begin. Inpatient stay might be the best for you, but this is up to you & your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mutual support helps: Consider attending narcotics anonymous.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can anyone answer why ibogaine is not available to cure methadone and heroin addiction instantly by resetting the body?
Not that simple: Ibogaine is available in multiple clinics in mexico for dealing with addiction. Caution is advised. It is not an automatic cure, and there are dangers like sudden cardiac death and autonomic dysfunction. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16698188 more needs to be looked at if this is to be used on larger scale, even though some have found benefit in both opiate and Cocaine addiction. ...Read more
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
They are cousins: and addiction to one looks pretty much like addiction to the other. In fact, the prescription drug epidemic has ultimately led to far more people using heroin, because when the doctors cut you off, or the cops close down pill mills, or large scale distribution site get busted, people turn to heroin because its available and usually cheaper. The symptoms of both addiction/withdrawal are the same. ...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
Suboxone use: The active ingredient in Suboxone is called Buprenorphine (bupe). Bupe is by itself an Opiate and is used as part of what is known as the Harm Reduction Model with Opiate Replacement Therapy. The Harm Reduction Model attempts to improve the Opiate Addict's overall level of functioning while causing less harm and in some cases-death. Suboxone is not a cure for Opiate Addiction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was born with a heroin addiction. I'm now 16 and I take heroin often, smoke weed at least twice a week, and been smoking since 10. Should I stop?
Time to get clean: Time to get clean. You are putting yourself at risk for infectious diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV. It may be easier to stay stopped if you can find a rehab program in your community. Teens do best in recovery programs specially designed for them. If you cannot find a rehab bed consider attending Narcotics Anonymous meetings to start your recovery. ...Read more
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
Shared needles: People who share needles and syringes inject a small amount of someone else's blood into their bodies. Providing clean needles and syringes eliminates that risk. ...Read more
Suboxone first: If you are planning on starting Methadone for an opiate addiction, it is suggested you start by discussing your situation by consulting an an addiction specialist. Methadone is not the only choice and not the safest choice. A better & safer outpatient treatment is burenorphine (eg suboxone). ...Read more
Im on 100 mg of methadone for heroin addiction. I've been on it for 30 days. Lately my fingers and wrists are painful to move. Is it a side effect?
More than likely: A relatively common side effect of Methadone is swelling of the hands and feet that may result in your wrist and fingers being stiff and sore. Methadone has a 5 day half life so it takes about 17 days to clear your system. If you have insurance, suboxone may be a better alternative to detox as the cost without insurance is over $350 monthly. Suboxone is also an easier drug to get off of. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A 31 year old male here with a 2 part question. First let mr say i've been on methadone 95mg a day for heroin addiction. With that said I have low -t (270) i'm male. If its due to the hypothalamic/patuitary what are some of the treatments. If its the test
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I need to know an OTC drug to help a friend relax and get through his issues with his heroin and meth addiction. Same effect as alcohol. Thanks.
Drug Withdrawal: First an addict coming off of meth and heroin needs to be observed during withdrawal. There is too much risk in detoxing without medical attention close at hand. There is no otc medication to help one stay safe while detoxing. Your friend needs to be in a safe and medical place for this. ...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
Heroin use: If you are already using heroin, you have already slipped. ...Read more
I have a friend who has become addicted to heroin. Hes also a heavy cigarette smoker. Which addiction should he work on first?
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