opiates

What is the Difference Between Opiates and Opioids?

What is the Difference Between Opiates and Opioids?

Opiates and Opioids  Both opiates and opioids are groups of drugs that are considered narcotics. Many people use the words interchangeably but they are different. They are used for medical purposes and are mainly prescribed for pain relief, anesthesia, or even treatment of substance use disorder. The primary difference in both groups is how they … Read more

Why Are Opiates Effective Pain Relievers?

Why Are Opiates Effective Pain Relievers?

Why Are Opiates Effective Pain Relievers? The primary action of opiate-based drugs is to create a numbing effect on the body’s pain receptors which relieves chronic pain. However, opiates also produce euphoria in high doses which can be very addictive and dangerous. What are opiates? They are a commonly known class of drugs favored for … Read more

Dealing With Cravings for Opiates

Dealing With Cravings for Opiates

Dealing With Cravings for Opiates Cravings for opiates are common when you’re in early recovery. There are steps you can take that will minimize cravings to help you avoid a relapse. Opiates are narcotic painkillers that alter the way your brain responds to pain. They make the user feel temporarily relaxed or pain-free. Your body … Read more

Why Do People Become Addicted to Opiates?

Why Do People Become Addicted to Opiates?

Why Do People Become Addicted to Opiates? Opiates, also known as opioids, are extremely addictive and can lead a person’s life down a dangerous path of destruction and misery. Start healing from addiction with professional guidance and support. People become addicted to opiates for various reasons. For me, it was something that happened so fast … Read more

Using Opiates While You're on Buprenorphine

Using Opiates While on Buprenorphine

Using Opiates While You’re on Buprenorphine Some individuals may attempt to take opiates like heroin or prescription painkillers while they are actively taking buprenorphine or a similar opioid antagonist. Buprenorphine is a prescription opioid used to treat opiate addiction, and prescribed under its brand name, Subutex or Suboxone, among others. This drug is an opioid … Read more

Mixing Opiates and Alcohol

Mixing Opiates and Alcohol

Mixing Opiates and Alcohol Mixing alcohol with opiates not only worsens all of the effects of drinking, but it can also be life-threatening. Learn about the dangers in our featured article. When used alone, alcohol can result in serious side effects – even if one is not chemically dependent. Drinking alcohol is considered a societal … Read more