Research

Research and resources relating to opiate, addiction, rehab and treatment.

How Naloxone Saves Lives

How Naloxone Saves Lives With Opioid Overdoses

Overdose deaths from heroin and opioid painkillers have been steadily increasing every year in America. This has prompted many healthcare workers to get the word out about life-saving options, including the recently developed drug naloxone. (more…)

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How Is Scientific Research Helping Our Understanding of Addiction?

How Is Scientific Research Helping Our Understanding of Addiction?

It’s a widely accepted fact today that addiction is a complex disease that cannot be overcome with just good intentions. Recovery from addiction to alcohol or other drugs is a rough road to travel. It’s one that usually needs an integrated, evidence-based approach . This is provided by an experienced, skilled team of experts in this field. (more…)

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How do Opiates Differ from Opium?

How do Opiates Differ from Opium?

Natural opiates harvested from the poppy plant are chemically similar to synthetic versions created in a lab. However, both are addictive when taken for the wrong reasons. There are slight variations among natural and synthetic versions of the drug mostly relating to a drug’s effectiveness and strength. Opiates vs. Opium Opium comes from the milky fluid that […]

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Three Myths of Opiates

Three Myths of Opiates

There are many different thoughts about opiate abuse. Some of these thoughts about opiates are perceived to be true but are really myths. One of the most common uses for opiates is in the area of pain relief. There are several kinds of prescription opiates such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, Kadian, and Avinza. One of […]

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Opiates and Pregnancy

Opiates and Pregnancy

There is no doubt that opiate addiction is a very serious problem today. If you are pregnant, the health risks are even greater as many health complications are possible both for the mother and the child. Stress is a very common trigger for addiction; so if you have a stressful pregnancy, you are very likely […]

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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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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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Why Opiate Addiction Leads to Compulsive Behavior

Why Opiate Addiction Leads to Compulsive Behavior

Compulsive drug-seeking is a symptom of opiate addiction, and a sign that someone needs professional help. Since opiate abusers are driven to spend a great deal of time and effort obtaining and using opiates, this compulsive behavior may carry over to other areas in their lives. (more…)

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Native Americans and Opiate Use

Native Americans and Opiate Use

Native Americans struggle with complex issues making them vulnerable to addiction, especially the rise in opiate addictions. The recent spike in opiate use requires dramatic interventions, including highly effective treatment, better law enforcement on reservations and widespread education. (more…)

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