Withdrawal Help: How to Fight Through Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms and Come Out on Top

Withdrawal Help: How to Fight Through Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms and Come Out on Top

Gratitude, Heroin Addiction, Opiates, Recovery Tips, Relapse Prevention
Many of us know someone who has struggled with opioid addiction. If not yourself, perhaps it was a family member or close friend. Opioids affect a lot of families throughout the United States, so know that you're not alone in dealing with them. In fact, statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicate the numbers of affected patients is significant. Studies show that 21 to 29 percent of patients who were medically prescribed opioids for chronic pain end up misusing them. On top of that, over 72,000 cases of death due to drug overdose have been recorded in a single year. It's clear that opioids affect many people throughout the country. If you or someone you know is undergoing a transition to sobriety from opioids, he or she will likely experience opioid withdrawal.…
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Everything You Need to Know About Overdose Prevention Toolkits

Everything You Need to Know About Overdose Prevention Toolkits

Addiction, Heroin Addiction, Opiates, Relapse Prevention
More than 72,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2017. More than half of those deaths were due to opioids. Every day we read another article about someone dying from opioid abuse. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and beloved celebrities like Prince, and most recently Demi Lovato, are falling victim to these drugs. Which is why the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has recently released updates to its Overdose Prevention Toolkits. These toolkits are helpful for overdose prevention. They can save someone's life. But first, you need to understand what these toolkits are for and how to use them properly. Keep reading to learn about overdose awareness and how to use the opioid overdose kit. Facts About Overdose Prevention Part of the problem when dealing with opioids is that those who…
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Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in Arizona

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic in Arizona

Addiction, Heroin Addiction, Opiates
The United States as a whole is facing a health crisis of epic proportions. More and more Americans are becoming addicted to - and dying from - opioids. Not one American state goes unscathed. Arizona, in particular, has slowly taken a big hit over the last decade. The opioid epidemic in Arizona now claims the lives of two people each day. The state has begun to collect data regarding opioid abuse. And recently, Blue Cross Blue Shield invested $10 million to reduce opiate misuse. But despite the efforts, many Arizonans are still misinformed about the state-wide epidemic. To help, we'll explore everything about Arizona's opioid crisis in this article. Let's begin! When Did the Opioid Epidemic Begin? The opiate epidemic is a recent phenomenon that has slowly been in the works…
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Signs of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Relapse

Signs of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Relapse

Alcohol Abuse, Heroin Addiction, Relapse Prevention
What are the Reasons Relapse May Occur? For addicts going through the recovery process, most have been told something along the lines of “relapse is a part of recovery.” Is relapse part of the recovery process? The simple answer is no. Many individuals in recovery find success the first time around. However, alcoholics and drug addicts may experience a relapse, or multiple, when attempting to get clean and sober from their drugs of choice. Relapsing can be devastating to addicts themselves, but can also take a toll on the loved ones that surround them. This article is meant to inform those who suffer from addiction and their friends and family different reasons why this may continue happening, and how to deal with relapse as it comes. Why Does an Addict…
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The Heroin Effect Of The Mind & Body

The Heroin Effect Of The Mind & Body

Addiction, Heroin Addiction, Opiates
Heroin Use Today Heroin is an opioid, first synthesized and sold in the late 1800’s. Like other opioids, heroin has a calming affect on the body, used as an antidepressant and a painkiller. Opioids have been used for centuries to provide relief from pain beginning in Egypt before making their way to Europe and India. Derived from opium poppy sap, opioids can be found in the form of powder, tablets, pills, syrups and capsules. Heroin is typically sold in a powder that is most commonly injected, but can also be snorted smoked or sniffed. It is one of the most addictive substances on the market, which is why it is the most deadly. It has become one of the most widely used drugs amongst users worldwide with statistics rising everyday.…
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