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Are Non-Addictive Pain Medications Possible? Alternatives to Opioids for Chronic Pain Management
President Trump Calls for Opioid Alternatives President Trump recently spoke on the opioid crisis, citing the fact that more people die from drug overdose than any other unintentional death in the U.S. The audience applauded his statement, “We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic. We can do it.” The president went so far as to declare the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law. This frees up billions of government dollars, some of which are meant to be allocated to finding painkillers or pain treatments that do not carry the risk of dependence and addiction. Opioid abuse ...

Stimulants Addiction Treatment: Methamphetamine, Adderall, Vyvanse and Prescription ADHD Medications
Stimulants Abuse and Addiction Oftentimes, drug abuse and addiction begins with a simple prescription. Medications prescribed for ADD, ADHD, weight loss and narcolepsy are classified as stimulants and carry a high risk of dependency and abuse. Stimulants are drugs that increase the body’s activity in some way. They temporarily increase mental alertness and physical energy. This pleasurable feeling is highly addictive. In a person with ADHD, stimulant prescription drugs can have a calming and focusing effect. In a person who does not have ADHD, these drugs have the opposite effect. There is a debate as to whether medications like Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse are ...

Expert Corner: How to Find the Motivation for Detox and Rehab
I’m tired of how my life is going. I hate myself half the time, but I don’t think I can do rehab. Every time I’ve had to go without heroin for any length of time, it has been awful. I mean seriously awful. Like I didn’t know that kind of pain and stress existed. If I do rehab, I’m going to have to detox. And that scares the hell out of me. But I also know how weak I am. And the thought of relapsing and then having to go through detox more than once would be a complete nightmare. ...

Sizing Up Opioid and Heroin Addiction in Oakland, California
The ongoing opioid epidemic in the United States has led to tragic consequences for communities all over the country, and spanning all walks of life. In Alameda County, opioid addiction has caused severe consequences in many forms. Drug crime continues to be a pressing issue in these communities, and the statistics of overdose deaths are fueling a disturbing upward trend. Fatal Trends Regarding Oakland Heroin Use and Opioid Abuse Opioid and heroin addiction are complex issues, and many new heroin users report starting their use of the drug after taking prescription opioid painkillers. Once refills are no longer available and addiction has set ...

Pain Medication After Surgery: Avoiding Addiction to Rx Drugs
Now that the opioid epidemic has become front-page news, many people are questioning the safety of taking prescription painkillers, which can be highly addictive. However, in some cases, such as after surgery, pain relief is a very real need that must be addressed – and prescription opioids may be the best way to alleviate that pain. First, let’s touch briefly on why prescription painkiller addiction is so dangerous. Then we’ll look at the latest scientific findings of how to manage pain after surgery while avoiding painkiller addiction. How Avoiding Painkiller Addiction After Surgery Can Prevent Heroin Addiction The opioid epidemic includes addiction to ...

SMART Recovery Meetings: A Great Alternative to AA Support Meetings
Because Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) – and offshoot programs like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) – are the most widely known peer support groups for addiction recovery, many people are unaware that there are alternative programs that are equally beneficial for supporting addiction recovery. Programs like SMART Recovery® include non-12-step support groups that provide the same benefits as AA meetings. Although AA is widely endorsed, there are many people who don’t like AA for one reason or another. Some of these reasons include: They attended 12-step meetings but didn’t feel comfortable there. They don’t agree with the idea of addiction as an incurable disease that requires an ...