Consequences

The consequences of opiate addiction.

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Is It Safe to Try Heroin Just Once?

The short answer: No. Synthesized from morphine, heroin has seen a steady rise in potency since the 1990s.1 The result: One in four people who try heroin will become addicted.2 Take it from Donny S., who shared his story on the Heroes in Recovery community website. Today, Donny is a grandfather of four and a […]

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Taking Inventory of Your Opiate Use: How Is It Affecting You?

Taking Inventory of Your Opiate Use: How Is It Affecting You?

Opiate use can be tricky, because opiate and opioid drug use can quickly spiral out of control. It can be difficult for opioid users to see the effects of their substance use, but there are some key ways to identify if opiate use has become problematic. While each case is unique, there are some key […]

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Why Recovery Is Better than Opiate Abuse

Why Recovery Is Better than Opiate Abuse

Opiates bind to specific receptors in the central nervous system to relieve pain and produce euphoria. Some opiates, like heroin, are illegal and can oftentimes lead to abuse and addiction. Prescription opiates include: hydrocodone (one brand name for it is Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet are commonly seen brand names for it), morphine (alias Kadian […]

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The Difference Between Being Drunk and Being High on Opiates

The Difference Between Being Drunk and Being High on Opiates

Opiates are prescription narcotics and illicit drugs made from the opium poppy plant. Opiates include heroin and painkillers like morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl and oxycodone. Intravenous opiate use, such as heroin injection, produces a powerful euphoric rush, but prescription narcotics can give users a strong high even when used to treat pain. Alcohol, like opiates, increases […]

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Extreme Behavior Related to Opiates

Extreme Behavior Related to Opiates

The term “opiates” refers to a classification of narcotic drugs that suppress the central nervous system (CNS). Natural opiates come from the opium poppy plant; heroin and morphine are the most common of these. Synthetic opiates are manufactured in laboratories and have a similar chemical structure to natural opiates. The most common synthetic opiates include […]

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What Opiates Do to Your Brain Chemistry

What Opiates Do to Your Brain Chemistry

The CDC is urging doctors to avoid prescribing powerful opiate painkillers for chronic pain patients in a 2016 landmark guideline. The guideline addresses physicians nationwide. The nation’s top federal health agency clearly indicates the risks from morphine-like drugs far outweigh the benefits for most people. Vicodin and OxyContin are examples of painkillers made from morphine. (more…)

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How Opiates Affect Your Eating Habits and Appetite

Opiates refer to substances that are derived from the opium poppy. They have pain relieving effects when taken, and are used in some prescription painkillers. They also cause harmful highs. The following medications are classified as opiates: Morphine is the most common natural alkaloid in the opium poppy. It’s frequently prescribed to patients that have undergone major surgery […]

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Lasting Financial Effects of Opiate Abuse

Lasting Financial Effects of Opiate Abuse

Drug abuse and addiction come with some major money and personal costs. The most obvious costs of addiction often add up in dollars and cents. These financial effects are both immediate and long term. They can affect a person and community long after active drug use has ended. (more…)

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Unexpected Side Effects of Opiate Use

Unexpected Side Effects of Opiate Use

Regardless of whether use comes from following a doctor’s prescription or by a more recreational pursuit, opiates are medications that people frequently abuse. Developed originally for the relief of severe and chronic pain, the side effects of opiates can be rather unpredictable and dangerous. (more…)

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