Opioid addiction: Introduction
Opioid addiction: An uncontrollable desire to use opioids on a regular basis. Opioids may may be prescribed by a physician for the purpose of pain relief but patients may become physically dependent on the drug and continue to obsessively use it even after the condition it was prescribed for has resolved. In other cases, opioid addiction results from the illicit use of the drug for recreational purposes. Frequent use leads to an increased tolerance to the drug so higher and higher doses are required to achieve the desired euphoric feeling. Examples of opioids includes morphine, heroin, oxycodone and fentanyl.
More detailed information about the symptoms,
causes, and treatments of Opioid addiction is available below.
Symptoms of Opioid addiction
- Uncontrollable craving for opioids
- Obsessive thoughts about opioids
- Secrecy about use of opioids
- Excessive amount of money spend on obtaining opioids
- Loss of appetite
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symptoms of Opioid addiction
Treatments for Opioid addiction
- Brief dynamic therapy, Cognitive behavioural therapy, Motivational therapy, Addiction treatment programs, Counselling, Methadone - relieves withdrawal symptoms
- Recognition of the problem by the patient coupled with a desire for change
- Detoxification and management of withdrawal symptoms - as an outpatient or inpatient depending on individual patient factors. May involve use of medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, clonidine and lofexidine
- Drug counselling
- Psychotherapy - Cognitive Behavioural therapy, supportive therapy, analytical orientated therapy
- more treatments...»
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Opioid addiction: Complications
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Causes of Opioid addiction
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Opioid addiction: Undiagnosed Conditions
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Misdiagnosis and Opioid addiction
Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who
had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness
because he suffered from sudden inability to speak.
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Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for
a patient to show mental decline to dementia.
Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions,
such as a stroke or ...read more »
ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD
in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults.
Some adults can...read more »
Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder)
often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care...read more »
Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with
an eating disorder is female.
The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or
have a delayed diagnosis.
See misdiagnosis of eating disorders...read more »
Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be
undiagnosed in teenagers.
The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression...read more »
Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression)
may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders).
Failure to diagnose...read more »
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Opioid addiction: Research Doctors & Specialists
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Opioid addiction: Rare Types
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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Opioid addiction
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Types of Opioid addiction
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