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Why Does Chocolate Help Opiate Addicts
Feels good: There are substances in chocolate which actually can stimulate the pleasure centers in one's brain so a person feels better after eating chocolate. Everything in moderation is usually sound advice as far as chocolate is concerned. I love chocolate and always have, but i know i can't eat it all the time or too much or i'll become fat. ...Read more
Potentially: Ibogaine has been reported in several studies to be helpful in the treatment of various addictions, including opioid addiction. It is a hallucinogenic drug and is a scheduled i controlled substance in the us. Side effects include nausea, dry mouth and potential cardiac arrythmias. The national institute on drug abuse did not choose to develop clinical studies for this drug. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why do some people become addicted to methadone if it is used to help quit a addiction to opiates?
Yes: By using methadone, physicians are able to ease the withdrawal symptoms and to keep the addict in treatment. Facilities may not be able to come up with statistics that say their patients have completed their program and are clean and drug-free, but that they are heroin-free. According to many, this is a better alternative. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If someone was trying to quit an addiction to methamphetamine would prescribing phentermine help them. Sorta like oxey cottons help hurroin addicts?
NO to rare : Methamphetamine addiction should not be treated by substitution with Phentermine or other CNS stimulants. In certain circumstances and refractory cases the addiction specialist may have to employ the harm reduction model and do what he or she feels is best for all. This approach should not be the norm, rare, and only considered on a case by case basis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Strange world: Stoners have much less tendency to impulsive or simply mean violence than do drinkers, and do not have the cravings that drive crime in opiate, meth, or Cocaine addicts. But for whatever reason, cannabis is illegal; using it gets one involved with other lawbreakers. I believe generally in obeying laws even when i may disagree, and find life has much too much to offer to want to be goofy. Peace. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not addictive: Chocolate is a delightful treat and many crave it for the sake of the taste and smell satisfaction. It is not addictive in the medical sense. And men as well as women enjoy this savory treat to the taste buds. The craving is fairly universal which is why chocolate is present in so many forms and products. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why would drs.Perscribe methadone 4 drug addicts when they use it for chronic pain patients? Just another addiction 2 get addicted too!
Because it is : Long acting drug , people can achieve a higher degree of stability. Supposedly, they would not or could not be stable without some medicine added from the outside. However, you are right, the physical dependence is maintained. Is that really important if a person is functioning better? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you please help me to understand how buprenorphine works with your bodies receptors for pain control, not opiate addiction?
Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine, as marketed as butrans, is a potent opiod analgesic medication with the analgesic effect coming from partial agonist activity at mu opioid receptors. It is also an antagonist at kappa opioid receoptors, an agonist at delta receptors, and a partial agonist at orl-1 (nociceptin) receptors. Its binding affinity to the mu recetors is very high, and overdose cannot be easily reversed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Seek support: Treatment for amphetamine addiction involves rehab counseling that can either be done on an outpatient basis or residential treatment (or inpatient) depending on the severity. Sometimes there are other psychiatric disorders that are co-occurring with the addiction and thus it is good to have an evaluation to see if other treatments for other disorders are necessary. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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