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Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms, Timeline & Detox Process

, the effects of heroin on the brain and body are severe. After introducing the substance to the body – through inhalation, ingestion, or injection – the effects are nearly immediate. Pleasurable sensations, such as euphoria, pain relief, and a sense of peace are accompanied by detrimental effects. These less desirable effects include confusion, decreased breathing and heart rate, and nausea. When the dosage is high, the negative consequences can also include irregular heartbeat; a lowered body temperature; lack of consciousness; and death.

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How Healthy Eating Can Help You Stay Sober

For those recovering from substance abuse and addiction, getting the body back to a healthy state of homeostasis can not only prolong life, it can also help to mitigate the side effects and cravings that are associated with ceasing the drug use. Eating healthy is a solid approach toward regaining your physical and mental equilibrium, and can aid in your journey toward wholeness.

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Yes, People Can Die from Opiate Withdrawal

Opiate withdrawal can be more than unpleasant. It can be deadly. While not entirely common, the symptoms of withdrawal can be so severe that the former user dies from associated complications. Failing to receive proper medical care during physical withdrawal and detoxification can be fatal, and there is currently a surprising lack of research and information on this risk.

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Outpatient vs. Inpatient Drug Detox: Which Is Best for You?

Before deciding on which treatment option is best for you (outpatient vs. inpatient detox), be sure to note the type and severity of symptoms of withdrawal from the particular substance that is being recovered from. Different substances produce different withdrawal effects, and some are more severe and incapacitating than others. The risks that are associated with the specific type of withdrawal can play a role in the amount of care that is decided upon.

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The Four Stages of Addiction

With the exception of those who fall into addiction accidentally – usually as a result of taking a prescription medication – addiction to substances follows a formulaic path. What starts out as fun or relaxing can end up traumatic, and even deadly. It is helpful to be aware of these stages, and to use the knowledge to prevent the eventual outcome of addiction.

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When a Loved One Is in Denial About Their Addiction

Drug addiction does not only affect the user. Friends and family are often dragged into the abyss of abuse, as well. Members of the addict’s support group can find themselves playing roles that they did not sign up for, and the repercussions of addiction can last for generations. It is a natural, loving, reaction to want to alleviate this type of suffering. Due to the nature of addiction, however, confronting the problem can be difficult.

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How Opiates Affect the Brain & Body

Opiate abuse has become a crisis in our nation, and has even been declared a public health emergency. Accounts of opiate addiction are increasing at an alarming rate, and are often associated with prescription drug abuse and misuse. With the instances of opiate addiction being so high, both the public, and the medical community, are calling for alternatives to this once-respected treatment.

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Common Myths About the Drug Detox Process

There are many misconceptions about drug treatment, and these myths can prevent a struggling person from seeking the help that is needed. With the prevalence of drug abuse and dependence currently plaguing our society, it is important that these misunderstandings be dispelled.

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