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When should you go to ER for opiate withdraw? My husband going thru withdraw causes his blood sugar to go up & down & to have grand male seizures.

When should you go to ER for opiate withdraw? My husband going thru withdraw causes his blood sugar to go up & down & to have grand male seizures.

Seek medical help: Sounds like you are experienced with opiate withdrawal issues. You should get help from your er or your family physician. The signs and symptoms of opiate withdrawal can be very dramatic and frightening. Frequently if you work with your physician or a de-tox center, they can come up with a plan of weaning off of the opiates. ...Read more

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Opiates (Definition)

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


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How can a long term opiate addict kick the habit?

How can a long term opiate addict kick the habit?

See a Specialist: You need to see a pain specialist or a drug detox program. Both should be able to get you off the opiates. The fellowship trained pain specialist will have options for you to use or try interventions that may help relieve your pain while coming off opiates. ...Read more

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What do you give an opiate addict for severe pain?

What do you give an opiate addict for severe pain?

Opioid Addiction: It depends what kind of pain is being treated and at what level it is being addressed. Body develops tolerance to opoiods so the requirements gradually increase. Usually the dose needs to be ibcreased. Dilaudid ior Oxycontin are strong and last resorts. ...Read more

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How can a heavy opiate addict of 9 years quit cold turkey?

How can a heavy opiate addict of 9 years quit cold turkey?

YOU CAN;'T: You need to be weaned from your opiate slowly. If you quit cold turkey you can go through opiate withdrawl which can be quite unpleasant. Sometimes some medications can be used to help with opiate cravings. In any case, your body needs to slowly get used to not having the opiate in your system, the same way it would if you were trying to no longer use nicotine or caffeine. ...Read more

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Opiate recovering addict relapsed on bottle of wine, what do I do?

Relapse: Anyone wishes that they would not relapse . But it is a very common part of the problem. We cannot expect perfection of ourselves or others. This not the end of the world. This is the beauty of "a day at a time." get back to the system you were using. The bright side is you didn't take opiates. You will see i often say that it's not the drug it's why you use the drug. Deal with the triggers. ...Read more

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Which type of opiate addict(wether severe or mild) should probably not use suboxone?

Addict: All opioid addicts can be placed on suboxone. The issue is concurrent use of other illicit substances like cocaine, etc.... ...Read more

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Addict for a year, what should I expect with the intensity and duration of opiate withdrawals?

Addict for a year, what should I expect with the intensity and duration of opiate withdrawals?

About a week: Withdrawal from narcotics is not life threatening. Symptoms are similar to a severe case of the flu and resolve in about a week. Your dependence on narcotics will then be over; however, addiction is a psychological disorder and is much more complex. I would recommend you seek assistance from a psychiatrist or addictionologist for continued treatment. Stay determined. I wish you the best of luck. ...Read more

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I have been an opiate addict for more than 15 years. I takenaltrexone, Suboxone and attend aa. I fail at everythingi do. Am i done?

Your mind & body: In addiction, your mind tells you stories that are simply not true. ("i fail at everything i do, " etc.) you are alive and breathing, so there is more right with you than otherwise. Addiction to opiates can also bring physical withdrawal when you stop. No one needs to do this alone. Aa & na will continue to work with you as long as you work with them. Lapses are usual, and do not mean failure. ...Read more

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If i'm a known drug addict, will i be prescribed opiates?

Unlikely: Prescribing opiates, which are potentially addictive, may harm a person who is known to already be addicted to drugs by reinforcing addictive behavior. ...Read more

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A jerk. I'm not some hardcore drug addict, i just enjoy opiates sometimes. Is that an issue?

A jerk. I'm not some hardcore drug addict, i just enjoy opiates sometimes. Is that an issue?

Yes, can be: If you're using opiates for any other purpose than what they're medically intended for, yes this can be "an issue." opiates are controlled substances because they can be habit forming and dangerous if misused. Also, the self-absorption one can develop with addiction can indeed make one behave like "a jerk" to others in life. ...Read more

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