The first step in assisting an individual with a drug problem is getting them into a substance abuse treatment program. Once they are there, the question becomes, how do you keep them there? What is necessary to prevent individuals from leaving treatment? Furthermore, are there specific factors that increase attrition rates from programs? The answer to these questions are complex and will not be...Read Full Article
Individuals, who engage in substance abuse use, are often facing more than one issue. Research literature has shown, time and time again, that there is a stereotypical personality that accompanies the addict, rightly named, the ‘addictive personality’.
Some characteristics that accompany said individual are as follows: Impulsivity Difficulty in delaying gratification,...
Dual diagnosis or Co-occurring Disorders, refer to drug addiction which is accompanied by an emotional or psychiatric illness. Either type of disorder is complex on its own, together; a dual diagnosis will affect the individual socially, spiritually, physically, and psychologically. The interaction of the different components of dual diagnosis can interact so that diagnosis, treatment and...Read Full Article
Years ago, it was common practice for individuals hoping to receive an artificial buzz to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. If that failed, one might utilize herbs that have been used for centuries, you know, alcohol, marijuana, and opiates.
However, with the advent of prescription drugs, there has been a new wave of drug use and consequently addiction. One such prescription drug is...
Percodan is a mix of aspirin and oxycodone. It works by binding to the pain receptors in the brain so that the sensation of discomfort is reduced. The aspirin works by decreasing the amount of prostaglandins that are produced. The end result should be further reduction of pain.
Percodan shares the same qualities as other narcotics. This means it is can be addictive and is also structurally...
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What is Zydone? Zydone is a mixture of hydrocodone and acetaminophen (or Tylenol). Zydone is sold under many different names including: Allay and Anexsia Zydone is an opiate which works as such an effective painkiller because it combines these two medications.
Acetaminophen works by blocking the production of prostaglandins by the body. Hydrocodone attaches to the opiate or pain...
Known as a highly effective and powerful drug, Methadone is a narcotic that fits the same category as heroin. This particular category is termed as opioids. Because Methadone is extremely safe, this is a drug that has been subject to a rigorous pattern of medication which is considered to be very safe for use because it is most effective to treat addiction.
For over three decades,...
Firefighters, Policeman, Doctors, Nurses…all these inpiduals incorporate what is known as the helping professions. These are people who are on the front line when problems arise. In fact, trauma is part of the job description of these professions. It is something that is seen every day. So, how do these inpiduals deal with this?
Obviously, it takes a certain character and...
What is Lorcet? Lorcet is a combination of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an analgesic opiate which is used to treat mild pain and reduces coughing. The chemical formation of Hydrocodone is very similar to morphine. Hydrocodone is a derivative of the opium plant and is considered to be potentially addictive. Lorcet is considered a Schedule II drug which means that its...Read Full Article
What is MS Contin? MS Contin is a formulation of morphine that is made in time released tablets. The tablets are prescribed for chronic pain, typically for cancer patients, and are usually taken every twelve hours. MS Contin was designed specifically for inpiduals that need constant pain medication. It is different than the usual dosing of morphine which is usually administered every four to six...Read Full Article
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