Help for Friends

Finding help for friends and family members dealing with opiate addiction.

Why Patience Is Important in a Loved One’s Rehab

Why Patience Is Important in a Loved One’s Rehab

In today’s society everyone seems focused on results, but some things, such as rehab and addiction recovery, take time before you start seeing the payoff. When your loved one begins rehab, you may expect him to return home fully healed and drug-free, but recovery is a long process that does not end during or even […]

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How to Talk to Your Girlfriend About Opiate Use

How to Talk to Your Girlfriend About Opiate Use

Prescription opiates are a group of pharmacologic drugs commonly prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), prescription opiates have been classified as Schedule II drugs, meaning that they pose a high potential for abuse and dependence.[1] Unfortunately, many people with prescriptions for opiates end up abusing them. […]

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How Has Opiate Addiction Touched Your Life?

How Has Opiate Addiction Touched Your Life?

Addictions to prescription painkillers and other opiates dramatically affect modern American life, leading to thousands of yearly overdose deaths and harm to families and communities. The dramatic increase in overdoses and addictions since the 1990s demands attention. More people want solutions, bringing changes to laws and increased access to treatment. (more…)

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How to Know When an Opiate User Needs Emergency Help

How to Know When an Opiate User Needs Emergency Help

When an individual abuses opiates, it can be confusing to know when help is needed. It is clear that an opiate user needs immediate help if he or she suffers an overdose, but help is also needed if the individual suffers from addiction. Opiate addiction is a serious issue as statistics show over 4.3 million […]

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Benefits of Speaking Openly about Opiate Addiction

Benefits of Speaking Openly about Opiate Addiction

Opiates belong to a class of narcotic pain relievers that can be highly addictive. People who use opiates to relieve pain often find themselves needing increasingly high doses of the drug to achieve the desired results. This may mean the body is becoming dependent on the drug for both relief of pain and for the […]

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What Made My Loved One an Opiate Addict?

What Made My Loved One an Opiate Addict?

The painful experience of having a loved one who is an opiate addict is never easy. There are many family members and friends of addicts who understand your confusion and anger. You are not alone, and you can connect with people who understand your struggles, which will help both parties. In addition, many people find […]

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How Common Is Opiate Addiction?

How Common Is Opiate Addiction?

Opiates are strong narcotic drugs that temporarily relieve pain. They are derived from the opium poppy plant. Natural derivatives include the street drug morphine, and synthetic, or chemically engineered derivatives include common prescription drugs. They come in many forms, but the most common opiates include the following: Morphine Codeine Oxycodone Hydrocodone Heroin (more…)

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Opiate abuse help for the college student

Opiate Abuse Help for the College Student

Addiction can happen at any age, but it usually starts when a person is young. When begun in the teen years, it often continues on into college, despite the harmful consequences. Dependence and addiction does that to people. Most opiates are legitimately prescribed drugs to help relieve pain. They are intended to be a short-term means […]

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