Detoxification is the process of removing toxins from the body before starting addiction treatment. Medical professionals monitor patients during drug detox and alcohol detox while they remove the addictive substances from their body. Stopping the use of addictive substances is physically demanding and potentially dangerous. Depending on the addictive substance, withdrawal symptoms can be severe and can even lead to serious health consequences.
Have you heard someone talking about meth sores and wondered what they are? Maybe you’ve been worried that someone close to you has a meth addiction problem. Here is some background information on meth sores so you can tell if a friend, coworker, or loved one might have an abuse problem.
What Is Meth?
Meth is a nickname for methamphetamine, a stimulant that is mostly used as an illegal recreational drug. Its effects can last for 12 hours to several days. It is occasionally prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but most physicians don’t like to use it because of its side effects and potential for abuse.
Methamphetamine is mostly made illegally in laboratories around the country. It has been a growing problem as an abused drug for the last several decades, although the drug itself has been around since the 1880s. It can be snorted (inhaled) as a white crystalline substance (AKA crystal meth), taken intravenously, or consumed orally in tablet form. Sometimes it is combined with other drugs like ecstasy or crack cocaine.
If you or a loved one take tramadol, you may have heard about tramadol addiction. While very effective for pain, tramadol is a medication with addictive properties, so this is a real concern. Read on to learn more about this drug, how it becomes addictive, and what are the treatment options for tramadol addiction.
What Is Tramadol?
Tramadol is a synthetic opiate similar to morphine in structure and action, with a potency similar to codeine. Rather than being made from natural ingredients, it was created in a laboratory. Tramadol is prescribed for severe pain when other pain medications are inadequate or not well tolerated. It’s usually given for long-term use.
Many people use tramadol for chronic pain after accidents or for the pain associated with conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia. It is not formally indicated for fibromyalgia. When a drug is given outside its approved (studied) indications, this is known as “off-label” use. Tramadol is a Schedule IV Controlled Substance in the United States, meaning it has greater restrictions than other medications.
Thoughts from John Perry, Owner, Clean & Sober Recovery Services
When your loved one returns to the family after treatment, things will be different on a lot of fronts. For one, their authentic “personality” (for lack of a better word) may be visible for the first time in a long time. Even though I’m personally in long-term recovery, it’s still part of my nature to be restless, irritable and discontent. And, generally, that tends to be the personality of the substance abuser who uses drugs or alcohol to stimulate, relax or distract. That’s a big part of the reason why drugs or alcohol can so easily sink their teeth into us: They make us feel normal. So when we get sober, our dis-ease is laid bare. That’s why we must take steps to manage those uncomfortable parts of ourselves. That’s where AA and NA meetings, support from a sponsor, counseling, sober living or other recovery resources come into play.
As dangerous as improper drug use is, the danger increases exponentially when drugs are mixed together. One particularly deadly combination is Xanax and alcohol. When taking prescribed drugs at the prescribed dose, we are always warned that interactions between certain drugs can be harmful or even fatal. It should come as no surprise, then, that combining drugs when they are being abused is extremely dangerous.
Unfortunately, many individuals that abuse drugs regularly do just that – combine two or multiple drugs at a time. They may start using this way, consciously add the second substance to their original drug of choice, or attempt to replace their prescription addiction with alcohol, which they deem 'less dangerous,' inevitably becoming addicted to both.