Why Treatment Centers Are Now Turning To Opiate Replacement Drugs

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The United States is in the midst of an opiate addiction epidemic. A recent study predicts that as many as 600,000 Americans could lose their lives to opiate addictions over the next ten years. Making it the deadliest drug problem in the history of the United States. Yet until the past several years, the preferred treatment for addiction recovery was weaning the patient off the drug. And many drug treatment centers advocated for a variation of the familiar the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. They argued that a controlled abstinence-only model was the best method and there […]

What Are Opiates and How Can I Detox From Them If I Get Addicted?

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As one of the oldest known drugs in the world, opiates have a long history and have evolved significantly to the forms that they now take. The substance is found naturally as an alkaloid compound inside the poppy plant, and has been extracted for use as both an anesthetic and a pain management medication since ancient times. In fact, various opiates, such as heroin, were commonly incorporated into pharmaceutical drugs up until the last century. While opium and its derivates are incredibly effective for medical use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made it illegal to use heroin in medications […]