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What is Opioid Induced Constipation?

Opioids are a type of prescription pain medication which can trigger a specific type of constipation known as opioid-induced constipation. Opioid drugs include painkillers, such as Oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, and morphine. These medications are effective because they block pain signals by attaching to receptors throughout the nervous system. These receptors are found in the bowels.…

Opioid Abuse and Addiction

Opiates are extremely addictive and come from opium, which is derived from the poppy plant. Opiates cover a variety of drugs. Some are natural, synthetic, legal, illegal, recreational, or medicinal. Natural opiate drugs have been used to treat nervous disorders, cancers, and other conditions. Most painkillers are opiates and are prescribed for pain relief, but…

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You Don’t See It, but Drug Use is Changing You

Drug and alcohol abuse destroys the brain. By sending mixed signals to your brain’s neurotransmitters, drugs effectively trick your brain into craving more and more of them, as they wreak havoc on organs and bodily functions. This craving turns into full scale dependency– a term that indicates that the body has transitioned from simply enjoying…

How do I choose the right treatment plan?

The biggest step in your fight against addiction is making the decision to seek professional help from a recovery center. Once you have decided that help, at the present moment, is beyond your control, you will find that your attitude towards your addiction will change to one that is more action-based and goal-oriented. Acknowledging your…

Is it possible to be addicted to more than one substance?

Yes. Known usually as “polysubstance dependence,” addiction to more than one drug is possible, and it is unfortunately becoming more common as access to illegal substances becomes more and more open. There are typically two instances in which an addiction to more than one drug occurs. The first typically happens when an individual suffers from…