Stress and Addiction

Addiction to Methamphetamines

Methamphetamine, commonly referred to as meth, speed, or crack, is a powerful stimulant drug that affects the central nervous system. While some drugs slow down the body, meth speeds it up by triggering a burst of energy and an intense rush of euphoria. It also boosts alertness, reduces appetite, increases activity and talkativeness, and offers …

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Opiate Detox Signs, Symptoms, and How to get help

What Are Opiates?

What is the most important information I should know about opiates? Opiate medications such as Vicodin, OxyContin, Dilaudid, and Percocet are often prescribed to treat pain. Such medications can be habit-forming and may lead to tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal even when taken as directed. Opiates, sometimes known as narcotics, are a type of drug that …

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Allostasis and Addiction

Your brain, in all its complexity, relies on an intricate balance of chemicals and interactions. When the brain is working correctly, we adapt and behave appropriately within our environments, learning and adjusting as necessary. When stressors upset this balance, the brain adapts to them in a process called allostasis. Addiction is one such stressor, causing chemical …

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Double Doctoring

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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Precipitated Withdrawal

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

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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