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Opioid addiction

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
  • more symptoms...»

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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Opioid addiction: Rare Types

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Opioid addiction

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More information about Opioid addiction

  1. Opioid addiction: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types
  8. Complications

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