Opioids

Opioids encompass a vast number of pain-relieving medications that vary in strength, half-life, and addictive nature. Overcoming opioid addiction can be challenging, but necessary. When unchecked, opioid addiction can quickly worsen and lead to serious consequences.

Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

Heroin is an illegal drug that activates opioid receptors in the brain to block feelings of pain. It can also produce relaxation and an out-of-body sensation. Most users experience a sense of euphoria while taking the drug, which is why heroin is so addictive....

How Does Opioid Addiction Start?

How Does Opioid Addiction Start?

Opioids are a class of drugs that produce morphine-like effects. They are effective at treating moderate to severe pain. When used correctly, opioids can be beneficial. However, opioids are considered highly addictive, and misusing opioids increases the risk of...

Is Promethazine A Narcotic?

Is Promethazine A Narcotic?

Promethazine (whose full name is promethazine hydrochloride) is a prescription drug used to treat a number of common ailments: allergies, motion sickness, difficulty falling asleep, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and post-op pain management. But like so many other...

2 Types of Opioids You Should Know About

2 Types of Opioids You Should Know About

What are opioids? “Opioid” is a term that encompasses multiple types of opioid drugs. This includes, but is not limited to opium, heroin, morphine, and fentanyl. When consumed, opioids act on the Mu receptors in the brain, creating a euphoric effect and producing pain...

Overdose Medication Basics: Narcan

Overdose Medication Basics: Narcan

What Is Narcan? Narcan is a brand name of the overdose medication naloxone. It is used to counteract the depressive effects of opioids, essentially reversing an opioid overdose. As an opioid antagonist, Narcan is able to quickly restore breathing function, increase...

Signs of Opioid Addiction

Signs of Opioid Addiction

In less than 2 decades, the CDC reports that nearly 450,000 individuals died from opioid-related overdoses - both prescription and illicit. The possibility of overdosing is among the greatest risks when using any opioids, even the prescription kind. Opioid addiction...

How Long Do Opioids Stay In Your System?

How Long Do Opioids Stay In Your System?

Opioid medications are known for their withdrawal symptoms when an individual struggling with opioid addiction stops using them. Essentially, flu-like symptoms begin to appear as the body processes the opioids out of its system. This is just one reason why you may ask...

Suboxone Addiction: Causes & Treatment

Suboxone Addiction: Causes & Treatment

What Is Suboxone & How Does It Work? Suboxone is a brand-name opioid prescription medication with two active ingredients:  buprenorphine and naloxone. It comes as a tablet or film and is a common sight in drug addiction treatment centers. Suboxone is used to treat...

Why Are Opioids Addictive?

Why Are Opioids Addictive?

Addiction is often thought of as a lack of willpower or self-control. But unlike addictions to caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol, using an opioid - prescribed or otherwise - just once is enough to cause an unintentional addiction. Opioids trigger a powerful physiological...

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