How Continued Drug Use Leads to an Overdose

If you are currently addicted to using drugs — whether the substances are legal or illegal — you are at great risk for an overdose. Regardless of what drugs are used; if you are taking more of it over … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Guard Against Relapse When Transitioning Back to Living Alone

Once you have completed rehab, you are in a transition period until you get used to living a sober life. If you have decided to live alone, you need to know that you will likely face more challenges than … [Read more...]

How Naloxone Saves Lives

Naloxone is a synthetic opiate antagonist that competes for the same opiate receptors in the brain as heroin, opium and narcotic painkillers. The drug (brand names include Narcan, ReVia and Depade) counters … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Bounce Back After a Methadone Relapse

As unfortunate as it may be, recovering addicts will probably experience at least one relapse in their lives. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has deemed relapse as likely, estimating that between … [Read more...]

3 Dangerous Complications of Methadone Abuse

Methadone is commonly used in the treatment of drug dependency, especially heroin dependency, and is used to manage pain. The abuse of methadone is remarkably higher than it was in the late 1990s, and … [Read more...]

Physical Complication of Abusing Methadone

The side effects of drug abuse range from mild to severe, and when prescription drugs are taken as directed, most people will see few side effects. However, the benefits of a prescription drug will fade … [Read more...]

Can Methadone Cause a Mental Health Relapse?

Mental health and brain chemistry are closely linked. Some drugs that affect brain chemistry can treat mental health problems, but such drugs can also create a mental health problem, or it can cause a … [Read more...]

Unexpected Side Effects of Methadone Use

Every substance has side effects, many of them unpleasant or even dangerous. Methadone, an opioid painkiller, is no exception. Many of its side effects are common among opiates, so they are well known … [Read more...]

The Danger of Thinking You Can Use Methadone Just One More Time

Methadone is a synthetic opioid often used to treat heroin addiction. It works by blocking receptors in the brain that opiates affect, so it allows heroin users to detox more gradually and with weaker … [Read more...]

When Does Methadone Experimentation Become Addiction?

Experimenting with methadone use does not instantly create an addiction. The physical and psychological dependence that characterizes addiction can only develop with repeated use of methadone. The changes … [Read more...]