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Medication Abuse

Medication abuse is increasing. Many medications, such as painkillers, whether prescription medications, or over-the-counter medications, can be addictive. Some even contain the same types of drugs as illegal drugs, and some may pose overdose risks. As medication abuse and addiction becomes more widely recognized, more help is becoming available.

Opioid Use Disorder
Details of the diagnostic criteria for Opioid Use Disorder, a new substance use disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5.

Codeine and Breastfeeding
Tips for breastfeeding Moms who have been prescribed medications containing codeine.

What is Xanax?
Glossary definition of Xanax, including dosages, side effects, and risks.

Over the Counter Pain Medication and Breastfeeding
Advice for breastfeeding moms on taking over the counter pain medications such as ibuprofen acetaminophen and asprin.

Why Do Doctors Discriminate Against Addicted Patients?
Looks at the pattern of discrimination against pain patients and addicts among doctors.

What Is Buprenorphine?
If you have a problem with opiate dependence, burprenorphine may be the medication for you. But it isnt for everyone, so read more about this potentially helpful drug to find out if it would fit with your treatment plan.

What is Double Doctoring?
Glossary definition of double doctoring?

Understanding a Medication Addict
Trying to understand a medication addict? Understand how a medication addict feels before, during and after taking meds.

How CBT Helped Ken Cut Down on Pain Meds
Here is an example of how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helped Ken cut down on pain meds. While the characters and the story are fictitious, the characteristics and circumstances described are typical of people who come for treatment. Ken’s story is presented for illustrative purposes, to help readers understand how CBT can help people cut down or quit pain meds.

My doctor says I need help for medication abuse. What do I do now?
What to do when you need a physician who understands your medication abuse or addiction.

How Painkiller Addiction Happens
No-one takes painkillers with the intention of getting addicted. Usually, we are popping an over-the-counter pill because we are tired and have a headache or backache, but don't have time to lie down, or we have an injury and our physician has recommended a painkiller. So how do some people get caught in the grip of painkiller addiction?

Ten Most Addictive Pain Killers
These are 10 of the most addictive painkillers on the market today. They are all synthetic or semi-synthetic opiates. Most are usually prescribed for the treatment of chronic pain. Please note, this is not a complete list, and there are many more addictive pain killers and other prescription medications on the market. If you want to know...

Before You Take Painkillers
Why the new generation of painkillers are so addictive.

Managing Your Pain Medication Use

Dealing with pain is a hassle of daily life for everyone, but for some, it takes over their lives. Seeking relief, many become addicted to the very pain medication that they hope will provide the solution. However, the situation is not hopeless, and you can do a lot to manage your pain more effectively without drugs.

Incidentally, these tips are also helpful if you are using alcohol,…

What Is Ambien?
Glossary definition of Ambien

What Is Demerol?
Glossary definition of the prescription drug Demerol®

What Are Tranquilizers?
Definition of tranquilizers.

5 Things Not to Say to Someone With a Drug Addiction
This article describes some of the ignorant, rude, or just plain clueless comments or questions that people with drug addiction hear from family and friends. If a friend, partner, parent or child is struggling with a drug addiction, avoid hurting their feelings by avoiding these or similar comments.

Stimulant Use Disorder
This article outlines the criteria for the new diagnositic label of Stimulant Use Disorder, in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, DSM-5.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Anxiety Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced anxiety.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

What is Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder?
Depression can sometimes be caused by taking alcohol, illicit drugs, or medications. Substance/Medication-Induced Depressive Disorder is the official diagnostic label for substance induced depression.

Evidence-Based Therapy for Addiction
Therapy for addiction is big business. And people struggling with addictions, and their loved ones, are often desperate by the time they seek help, but are overwhelmed with the multitude of options promising a new life free of alcohol and drugs, while real life stories warn of relapse and life savings thrown away on ineffective scams. So how can you make a wise decision when you don't know what is truly effective? The main evidence-based therapies for addiction are covered in this article.

Mixing Alcohol and Medication

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