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A woman recovering from surgery struggling to prevent pain medication abuse.
After surgery, you may be prescribed medication as part of your pain management. The purpose of these medications is to help alleviate pain and discomfort while your body heals. Unfortunately, various types of medications can have addictive properties, like opioids. The appropriate dosage will depend on what type of surgery you had, how fast you are...
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Types of pills that can lead to pain medication addiction in men.
When men get injured at work, in a car accident, or playing sports and are prescribed pain medication, there is a risk of dependence. Eventually, this can lead to pain medication addiction as these medications are only meant to be used short-term to alleviate pain and discomfort.  Sadly, many men discover they like how they...
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history of heroin addiction
The history of heroin goes back to the 1800s, beginning life as a legal medical treatment. When heroin addiction became a problem, it was banned in the U.S. Since then, illegal trafficking and continued abuse of the drug have caused a great deal of damage for millions.  History of Heroin Addiction: The Origins of Heroin...
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what is naltrexone
What is Naltrexone used for? Naltrexone is a prescription medication that can be taken orally or by injection. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved naltrexone for the treatment of drug addiction in 1984. The drug addictions this medication addresses include heroin, oxycodone, and morphine. In 1994, naltrexone received approval to be used in...
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alternatives to opioids
Millions of people experience pain every year, leaving them in need of relief. Sometimes the pain is situational, such as related to an injury or accident. Other times a person develops chronic pain that may be long-term or even last the rest of their lives. In both cases, patients rely on their doctors to help...
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detox from opioids
A common question asked of doctors and addiction treatment programs is this: How long does it take to detox from opioids? The United States began to deal with an opioid epidemic at the turn of the century. Since then, the medical community recognized the severity of becoming addicted to opioids. reports that only one...
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tramadol addiction
Tramadol addiction is a condition that can be dangerous and potentially even deadly. Tramadol is classified as an opiate drug prescribed to alleviate moderate to moderately severe pain. People who suffer from chronic pain or have recently undergone surgery find it helps provide pain relief. Tramadol works in the brain by altering how the body...
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vicodin and alcohol
It is not uncommon for people to mix mind-altering substances together. In fact, it happens all the time in nightclubs, bars, parties, etc. But, just because it happens all the time does not mean that it is safe. Combining Vicodin and alcohol, for instance, can be extremely dangerous both short-term and long-term and possibly even...
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