opioid addiction treatment

Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioid Addiction and Treatment   What Are Opioids? Opioids are a class of drug that act on the body’s opioid receptors. While the term “opioid” previously referred to drugs derived from opium—a narcotic drug derived from the poppy—modern opioids can also be partially or totally synthetic. Within the context of medical use, opioids are most…

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Signs of Opioid Addiction

Signs of Opioid Addiction Opiates, also known as “opioid painkillers,” include prescription drugs such as hydrocodone, fentanyl and morphine. These substances are effective pain relievers when taken as directed by a physician. However, the calming effects that opioid painkillers produce are habit-forming and can lead to future patterns of abuse. As doctors continue to presecribe…

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Finding an Addiction Treatment Provider

Finding Addiction Treatment Starts with an Assessment We’ve all heard stories about unscrupulous providers of addiction treatment services. In this country, addictio treatment has become a $35 billion industry, opening the floodgates for a host of unscrupulous operators who prey on vulnerable individuals and families. Many seem to follow a pattern: they provide a nice…


Five Steps to Find Addiction Treatment for Your Son or Daughter

It’s every parent’s nightmare – your son or daughter is caught up in addiction. Substance abuse disorders can destroy a family in short order. The damage to your child’s health, career and relationships can be devastating. Knowing how to find addiction treatment is the first step in addressing the problem. Here are five steps to…

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What is a Relapse Prevention Plan (and Should I Have One?)

Relapse prevention begins in treatment. In fact, relapse prevention is treatment. All of your progress in a drug rehab center works toward preventing future relapse. Entering treatment for drug or alcohol abuse can be one of the best choices you make in your life. Once you enter the program, you’ll have a comprehensive journey comprised…


What’s An Intensive Outpatient Program?

Understanding the Intensive Outpatient Program An intensive outpatient program (or “IOP”) is designed to provide people the freedom to live off-site and still attend work or school while receiving addiction services. While some people use an IOP as their primary type of care, others may transition to an intensive outpatient program after completing a more…


The Dangers of Fentanyl

Fentanyl: More Dangerous Than Heroin Fentanyl is an opioid drug, a synthetic substance based on the natural compound morphine. Other opioids include heroin and prescription narcotic painkillers like hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and oxycodone. Legal, prescription opioids like fentanyl are used most often to manage pain. Most are prescribed for moderate and chronic pain. Fentanyl is up to…