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What Drugs Are Found In Heroin?

Heroin is made from the poppy plant. It is basically highly refined opium, hence “opioid.” It takes about 10 kilos of opium to make one kilo of heroin. Most heroin is not pure. The purity can vary widely depending on the available supply, the area of the country, and the specific dealer. The more linksRead More

Will Suboxone Get Me High?

Suboxone, buprenorphine and naloxone, is a drug used in treating opioid addiction. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist, which means, like methadone, it acts on the brain’s opioid receptors. Buprenorphine and methadone, because they are partial opioid agonists, don’t kill pain or cause euphoria to the extent of other opioids but they do prevent cravingsRead More

How Fentanyl Became an Epidemic

The opioid epidemic began in the 1990s when doctors started taking chronic pain more seriously. Spotting an opportunity, drug makers started heavily marketing opioid painkillers to doctors as safe, non-addictive ways to treat chronic pain. Much of this marketing was misleading and doctors and companies were later sued and fined. For example, Purdue Pharma, makersRead More

Trump Declares a Public Health Emergency

President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic in America a public health emergency. The announcement comes as deaths from opioid overdose continue to rise year after year. In 2016 opioid overdose killed more than 59,000 people–more than deaths by car accident and violent crime combined. The declaration of a public health emergency will make grantRead More

Overcoming the Stigma of Addiction

Many people don’t get treatment for addiction because they don’t want to think of themselves as addicts or they don’t want other people to think of them as addicts. Addiction is stigmatized because when it’s publicly visible, it is already advanced. In the popular imagination, addicts are criminals and vagrants, but they typically don’t startRead More

Does Vivitrol Prevent Opioid Relapse?

Vivitrol, or naltrexone, is an opioid antagonist–a medication that blocks opioid receptors in the brain and prevents opioids from working. That means, if you use opioids while receiving Vivitrol injections, the opioid will not relieve pain or get you high. In order to start treatment with Vivitrol, you must detox completely from opioids. If youRead More

What Are Common Experiences of Detox?

When you first arrive at a detox center, they will typically do some blood tests and ask you some questions. You will probably receive I.V. fluids that will correct vitamin deficiencies and rehydrate you. After that, experiences differ. Your experience will depend on what drug or drugs you are addicted to, how long you haveRead More

How Long Do I Need to Stay in Treatment

When considering going into a treatment facility, you may wonder how long it will take to get well again.  Sometimes people hope or wish for a quick and easy solution to their drug and alcohol addiction, and unfortunately, this is not the case.  There isn’t a quick pill you can take to make it allRead More