OPIATES (OXYCONTIN, VICODIN, HEROIN, ETC.)
Opiate abuse is currently an epidemic in the United States. There is one death from opiate overdose every 20 minutes.
Codeine is made from opium that comes from the poppy plant. It is available over the counter in Canada.
It is a high potency painkiller of the opioid type.
Fentanyl is one of several synthetic opioids available by prescription.
Heroin is classified as a schedule I narcotic by the D.E.A. That means that there is no medical use for it.
Methadone is a synthetic opiate. It is not picked up as an opiate on the usual urine tests. Therefore, it is tested for separately. If someone is taking methadone but is not taking other opiates including heroin, their drug screen would be positive for methadone and negative for opiates.
Morphine is derived from the poppy plant. It is readily picked up by a urine test screen.
OxyContin, Percodan and Percocet are all synthetic opiates. They contain the drug oxycodone. The Percodan form also contains aspirin and the Percocet form contains acetaminophen.
Hydrocodone is more potent than codeine or morphine.
STIMULANTS (COCAINE & AMPHETAMINE)
Cocaine’s association with increased sexual activity can lead to unintentional unsafe sex and spread of HIV and hepatitis. In addition, since frequent re-injection can occur, the chance for needle sharing episodes in the use of cocaine is greater than that of sharing needles or “works” with intravenous heroin.
Amphetamines have a long history of abuse. Most recently found in the GO pills issued to U.S. Troops during the war in Iraq, they are also considered one of the “club drugs” people use it to stay up all night to “party.”
ALCOHOL & OTHER SEDATIVES
Alcohol is a sedative. It has a long history as part of the lifestyle of many cultures: To some, it is as commonly used with meals as is water.
GHB usually comes as an odorless liquid with a salty or bitter taste. More often than not, it comes in small bottles or vials.
Klonopin is particularly useful in the treatment of some seizures. It is also used for treating panic in some patients.
One can stop breathing when overdosed with this type of drug. Also abrupt stoppage of this class of drug can in some situations lead to seizures.
Alprazolam (Xanax) is medically useful for up to 2-3 weeks, while non-addicting medications can take effect to help panic attack disorders. It can also be used to ease anxiety after a severe life-changing event such as a death in the family, divorce or loss of job.
In the context of a club or dance event, a recreational dose of ketamine is likely to make you feel somewhat euphoric–and the right amount can send you on a trip, where light and music become particularly intense.
MDMA usually comes in as a pressed tab, like an aspirin or a gelatin capsule. Pressed tabs are usually white, but they can come in any color of the rainbow.
There is no known medically accepted use for hallucinogens in the U.S.
It is usually smoked as a joint or in a pipe, vaporizer or bong or eaten in various edible forms.
Nicotine acts like an antidepressant in the brain. When one uses nicotine when on other drugs like alcohol, opiates or stimulants, the nicotine magnifies the effect of the other drug.
For the recommended detoxification, please call for more information.
Want to understand more about how drug addiction counseling works? The job of a drug addiction counselor is to help their patients overcome their addiction to drugs. They do this by offering counseling services, such as individual counseling sessions, group counseling sessions and family counseling sessions. Drug addiction counselors tend to work in drug rehab…
When dealing with addiction, finding a good drug detox program is crucial for your long-term success. First and foremost, a detox program should be focused on helping you kick your habit. Once the harmful effects of the drugs are out of your system, the program should move on to treating you and training you for…
Relapse is a reality for most people in recovery. Although having a relapse prevention plan in place may make it seem like you are planning to fail, Psychology Today states that it is a good tool to get you back on the right path if and when you stumble. It is a plan that helps…
According to a survey by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, roughly 17 million Americans suffer from alcohol addiction. Even more concerning is that 10 percent of children in the United States live with a parent who is addicted to alcohol. If you are dealing with this problem, your life and that of…
Learning more about what happens during oxycodone detox is something those who are addicted should do. When they know what to expect when in need of drug treatment, they are more likely to go. It is also important to understand the difference between withdrawing from oxycodone and detoxing from oxycodone.While oxycodone withdrawal and oxycodone detox…