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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.

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

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 effective is drug rehab for meth addiction for someone with bi-polar disorder?

How effective is drug rehab for meth addiction for someone with bi-polar disorder?

Very difficult: This is a very difficult combination of problems, and would need a dual diagnosis program to work with both bipolar disorder and meth addiction. They each need care -- and long-term aftercare monitoring. If you find a credible program, and the person is truly committed to recovery, s/he has as good a shot as possible for success. Success in addiction recovery, though, is a day to day process. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how effective is drug rehab for meth addiction combined with bi-polar disorder?

Can you tell me how effective is drug rehab for meth addiction combined with bi-polar disorder?

Can be effective: Effectiveness depends on many things, including the commitment of the patient. You need a program for "dual diagnosis" -- meaning they treat both the substance abuse and the bipolar disorder. When the person is actively using, it can be hard to tell mood episodes from drug effect. Meth is a very challenging drug, and ongoing outpatient recovery efforts are still needed long after discharge. ...Read more

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How do I beat a meth addiction?

How do I beat a meth addiction?

Take The First Step: Methamphetamine addiction is a formidable enemy that can be beaten, but not without hard work and dedication. Individuals using the 12-step method, adopted from the treatment of alcoholism, have the best chance of beating their addiction. There are 12-step programs across the country that can offer help, support and guidance. For more information check out this site: www.Crystalmeth.Org. ...Read more

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How do I get off my meth addiction?

How do I get off my meth addiction?

Start w/your doctor: Meth addiction brings with it many health problems, including tooth decay, risk of hiv/aids, and hepatitis b & c. You may need an inpatient program. Matrix model, a comprehensive behavioral treatment approach that combines behavioral therapy, family education, individual counseling, 12-step support, drug testing, and encouragement for nondrug-related activities, is one approach that can help. ...Read more

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What are the tests for meth addiction?

What are the tests for meth addiction?

Home ket or go to: To the doctor.Crystal meth tests can be conducted with home test kits or urine and blood sample may be sent to a pathology laboratory for more accurate testing. The body breaks down and excretes half of the methamphetamine within 24 hours. Byproducts may be detectable in the urine up to 72 hours after use while blood testing may reveal methamphetamine metabolites up to 4 to 6 days after use. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a meth addiction?

What are the symptoms of a meth addiction?

Addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by tolerance, withdrawal, using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of significant adverse effects on your life. ...Read more

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How do I quit and recover from meth addiction?

How do I quit and recover from meth addiction?

Meth addiction: One the most promising treatments for meth addiction is something called prometa. A november, 2011, double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in the journal addiction concluded that prometa is ineffective. "the prometa protocol, consisting of flumazenil, (clonazepam) Gabapentin and hydroxyzine, appears to be no more effective than placebo in reducing methamphetamine use, retaining patients in treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help my brothers meth addiction?

Is there a way to help my brothers meth addiction?

Help yourself: This is a very difficult thing for people with addiction and those who care about them. You need to emotionally protect yourself, and allow them to make their own choices, but to provide opportunities for rehab or 12 step programs like aa or na. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do I beat this meth addiction?

Can you tell me how do I beat this meth addiction?

Drug rehab: Methamphetamine is one of the most difficult drug addictions, so i recommend gathering all the support you can. One great resource is crystal meth anonymous: http://tinyurl.Com/n5gfdko you can find local meetings through that site also. You may need an inpatient or intensive outpatient drug rehab program to start with. Ask your doctor about credible programs in your community. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Meth Addiction (Definition)

Meth is slang for methamphetamine, an addictive central nervous system stimulant drug. It is a white, odorless crystalline powder that can be dissolved ...Read more