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Pause The Opioid Prescriptions: Alternatives To Pain Management

5/18/18

Although the U.S. has been struggling with substance abuse related to morphine, heroin, and cocaine for decades, the opioid epidemic has surged in recent years due to the incredible amount of opioids being used as prescription painkillers.

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Why Don't More People Know About Medicinal Treatment For Heroin Addiction?

5/16/18

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, up to 20.5 million Americans suffered from a substance use disorder in 2015. Of those 20.5 million, as many as 591,000 people were suffering from heroin use disorder.

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Drug Overdose: How To Recognize It And How To Prevent It

5/11/18

The leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. is drug overdose. In 2015 alone, up to 52,404 people died of a drug overdose, a number which increased to 64,000 in 2016.

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Sundance, a Heroin Addiction Treatment Center in Chicago

5/4/18

Heroin addiction can be overwhelming. When the addiction spirals out of control, and it always does, it leaves users feeling out of control and helpless. That's because heroin hijacks the body, mind, and soul, and it's virtually impossible to quit heroin without help. That's why so many heroin addicts and their families have called the Sundance Methadone Treatment Center in Chicago.

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From Pain Management To Epidemic: The History Of Opioids

5/2/18

The opioid epidemic may seem like a modern misfortune, but it's actually a problem the U.S. has been struggling with since before the 1900s. American federal agencies have been working to fight back against the opioid epidemic in a number of ways.

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America's Most Successful Heroin Treatment: A Brief History Of Methadon

4/17/18

Methadone is currently one of the leading treatments for heroin addiction, but this wasn't always the case. During the 1950s, treatments for heroin addiction rarely worked, namely because treatment was nonexistent. Addicts generally ended up in civil confinement and abstinence-based treatment programs, rather than actual medical treatment.

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4 Essential Things To Know About The Opioid Epidemic

3/14/18

Those who are addicted to opioids or know someone who's addicted to opioids may know what the opioid epidemic looks like on an intimate level. However, not many Americans are familiar with the opioid crisis as a whole and what such a crisis means.

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Studies Show The Opioid Epidemic Is Impacting More Than Rural, White Communities

3/12/18

It's no secret that the opioid epidemic has been hitting the U.S. incredibly hard. However, according to a recent breakdown of the epidemic released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the death rate of the opioid epidemic isn't as focused in white and rural neighborhoods as originally thought.

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4 Reasons To Seek Treatment For Heroin Addiction

3/6/18

Addiction is a disease that alters the brain's reward system. The addictive substance floods the brain with dopamine, a neurotransmitter that naturally regulates the body's sense of pleasure to reward natural behaviors.

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Why Fentanyl Is So Dangerous For Those Addicted To Heroin

2/27/18

In 2015, approximately 591,000 people suffered from heroin addiction and, since then, the number has only grown. Heroin is an incredibly addictive opioid drug made from morphine. As soon as heroin is ingested into the body, it alters the brain's chemical productions to release dopamine.

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My Child Is Addicted To Heroin, What Can I Do?

2/23/18

The opioid epidemic takes more lives every year, and younger Americans are so often the victims. In 2015 alone, as many as 155,000 young adults and 6,000 teenagers suffered from heroin addiction. Some of those teens and young adults are now sober and healthy, but not everyone is so lucky.

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Why Abstinence-Based Rehab Programs Aren't The Solution

1/23/18

The opioid epidemic is growing worse every day, and one of the biggest obstacles to recovery is the dominance of outdated, abstinence-only rehabilitation programs. Abstinence-based programs have a success rate of only 5% to 10%, yet these programs are some of the most popular treatments for addiction. Let's be blunt: abstinence-based recovery, the "cold turkey" approach, rarely helps opioid and heroin addicts recover.

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How Does Heroin Addiction Start And Why Do So Many Overdose?

1/18/18

Heroin is one of the most addictive illegal substances in the United States. It's also one of the most dangerous and is responsible for many deaths in the opiate epidemic.

But how do people become addicted to heroin? And why do so many people die from an accidental overdose of the drug?

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Heroin Addiction Treatment: How Effective Are Methadone Programs?

1/16/18

Heroin is an extremely addictive drug, making it one of the most dangerous in the opioid epidemic. In 2015 alone, up to 54,404 people died of accidental drug overdose, and with each passing year more people lose their lives to drugs like heroin.

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Demystifying Methadone: What It Is and Does to Help Opiate Addiction

12/20/17

Addiction is a heartbreaking disease permeating society pervasively. In 2015, a study showed that among the 20.5 million Americans with a substance abuse disorder, addiction to prescription pain killers and heroin plagued 2 million and 591,000 people, respectively. It's a painful reality, but there are resources in place to kick opioid addiction, and access to these resources are growing stronger daily.

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5 Coping Strategies To Get Through The Holidays During Addiction Reovery

12/15/17

For many Americans, the holidays are one of the greatest times of the year. However, for those undergoing heroin addiction treatment, the holidays aren't always holly and jolly. Stressors such as increased social gatherings, financial difficulties, and troublesome family members can sometimes lead to roadblocks or even relapse.

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Opioid Addiction: Why It Really Is A Disease

11/21/17

Multiple medical associations, including the American Medical Association, have defined addiction as a disease. Addiction is often caused by a variety of factors which may be categorized as environmental, biological, and behavioral.

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FDA Commissioner Calls For Expanded Treatment In Opiate Epidemic

11/14/17

On Wednesday, October 25, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, announced that expanded treatment is the biggest need for those suffering from opioid addiction. The announcement was said to a House committee a day prior to President Donald Trump's address regarding the opioid crisis.

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Understanding Addiction: Are You Really In Control?

11/10/17

Opioids are among the most addictive drugs across the globe. However, it's not the only substance drawing Americans into addiction. Many Americans who are addicted to medications, illegal drugs, and alcohol are often unaware they're becoming addicted to a substance. This is heavily influenced by the way movies and television depict drug addiction.

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Teen Drug Use: Why Would My Child Use Addictive Substances?

10/16/17

There's no question that the U.S. is currently facing an opioid epidemic and a high death rate correlated to that epidemic. Up to 591,000 Americans were suffering from heroin addiction in 2015 alone. Of those Americans were 155,000 young adults and 6,000 teenagers.

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Is Your Child Addicted? Common Signs Of Substance Abuse In Teenagers

10/6/17

The opioid crisis in the U.S. is one of the most deadly crises in American history. According to The New York Times, the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50 is drug overdose. Up to 2.7% of Americans aged 12 and over were dependent on addictive substances in 2013.

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How Methadone Treatment Can Help You Recover From Relapse

10/4/17

After undergoing a relapse, it can be all too easy to feel shame and embarrassment. However, relapse is a natural part of recovery. Many Americans suffering from an illness experience relapse and those suffering from addiction are no different. Fortunately, when you've relapsed back into heroin addiction or opioid addiction, you can make your way back into recovery using methadone treatment.

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How Can I Help My Loved One With Their Addiction?

9/14/17

Substance abuse is a difficult situation to handle for both the person suffering from addiction as well as the loved ones looking for a way to help. In the United States, up to 23 million people are directly impacted by substance use. Of those 23 million, two million are affected by the abuse of pain prescription pills and 591,000 by heroin abuse.

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NY Senator And Sheriff Call For Passage Of Laws To Fight The Opioid Epidemic

9/8/17

Many states across America have been seeking ways to combat the spreading opioid crisis. States such as Ohio and Missouri have taken to suing pharmaceutical companies for providing doctors with incorrect information regarding opioids' addictive nature.

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Why Prescription Abuse Turns To Heroin Addiction

9/1/17

In 2015, up to 52,404 Americans took a lethal drug overdose, making it the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In many state court cases, certain pharmaceutical companies are being blamed for driving the epidemic

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3 Reasons To Choose Methadone for Heroin Treatment

8/17/17

Substance abuse has always been a serious problem in the United States, but in recent years the increased use of opiates such as prescription painkillers and heroin has reached epidemic proportions. In 2015 alone, 6,000 teenagers and 155,000 young adults were among the 591,000 Americans suffering from heroin use. The crisis has gotten so bad that many politicians are calling on the president to declare a national health emergency.

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What Are The Underlying Causes of Heroin Addiction?

7/26/17

Heroin is one of the most addictive drugs in the opiate class. It's also one of the most addictive drugs, period. A derivative of morphine, heroin is a fast-acting substance that works by blocking the pain-receptors of the brain, releasing artificial endorphins, and causing a euphoric, weightless effect in the user.

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Abstinence-Based Treatments vs Methadone-Based: Why Does One Fail While The Other Succeeds?

7/7/17

The methadone treatment program has been proven to be the most effective treatment for opiate addiction for more than 50 years. However, some treatment centers continue to treat individuals suffering from opiate addiction with abstinence-based treatments and psychotherapy.

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Setting Things Straight! Debunking Methadone Myths

7/5/17

According to the website Justice.gov, methadone has been legally available in the United States since 1947. Methadone treatment success rates range from 60% to 90%, and outcomes improve the longer a patient remains in treatment. How can something that is proven to be so successful for so many still have a negative stigma linked to it? Methadone and Methadone centers remain a controversial topic, and a lot of what is popularly known about the medication has little basis in fact.

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The Opioid Epidemic: What You Need To Know

6/26/17

In 2015, drug overdose was the leading cause of accidental death in the United States with up to 52,404 cases. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 33,000 of those lethal cases were caused by heroin and opioids, including those prescribed by doctors.

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Opioids: How Addiction Happens and How You Can Recover

6/23/17

Opioids (such as oxycodone, heroin, and morphine) are a type of narcotic used to relieve pain by blocking the pain receptors in the brain. However, these types of drugs can become highly addictive. Of those who use heroin, an estimated 23% are said to develop an opioid addiction.

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Methadone Treatments: What They Are and How They Work

6/21/17

For those suffering from substance abuse, a methadone treatment program may be the most effective option. Methadone treatments are used by clinical physicians as a means of treating substance abuse. This is done by gradually weaning the patient off of opiate use by limiting the addictive side effects of the drug while simultaneously reducing the intensity of withdrawal symptoms.

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Methadone Treatment 101: An Effective Way To Treat Addiction

6/15/17

Opiate addiction is difficult to overcome because of the intensity of the withdrawal stage. Withdrawal symptoms are often severe depression, fatigue, vomiting, anxiety, and flu-like symptoms that may last up to two days.

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