What Is Double Doctoring?

Double doctoring, also known as “doctor shopping,” is the deliberate use of more than one physician in order to obtain prescriptions for a greater amount of medications than would be prescribed by a single physician. Doctor shopping can also refer to the act of seeking a doctor who is known for being generous with medication …

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What Is Precipitated Withdrawal?

Precipitated withdrawal is a sudden onset of withdrawal symptoms such as fever, cramping, and sweating, brought on by medication-assisted treatment to manage substance use disorders, particularly opioid dependencies.  Unlike withdrawals from substance dependencies, precipitated withdrawal is caused by the use of medication and not the deprivation of a substance. Another key difference between precipitated withdrawal and typical withdrawal …

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Withdrawal From Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is a semi-synthetic opioid that works like codeine to relieve moderate pain. It is often prescribed in combination with other compounds in products like Vicodin or Lortab, which contain hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It is the most widely available opioid in the United States, which means that it is inexpensive and easy to come by. Many victims of …

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How to Overcome an Addiction

People who have a substance use disorder often find that overcoming it is more challenging than they expected. They may feel that addiction is a myth and they can quit any time they want or that they are an exception to the rule. This can also occur with behavioral addictions involving activities such as eating, sex, gambling, …

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How Long Does Withdrawal From Opioids Last?

If you’re taking opioids for chronic pain, you may experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the medication. Opiate drugs are extremely habit-forming; tolerance, physical dependence, addiction, and withdrawal symptoms are all possible. As a result, there is a high potential for misuse and addiction, even when use begins with a prescription. Prescription opioids include: Codeine Demerol …

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What to Know About Heroin Use

Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is processed from morphine, which comes from the seedpod of the opium Asian poppy plant. Its use is a serious problem in the United States. Recent studies suggest a shift from injecting heroin to snorting or smoking because of increased purity and the misconception that these forms of use will not lead …

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