Recovery @ CNT: Kevin’s Story of Opiate Detoxification

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By 2015, Kevin had sunk into an abyss from which he feared he’d never emerge. Despondent over his mother’s death from cancer, the 27-year-old Middlesex County resident and project manager began abusing 30mg tablets of oxycodone – an opiate also known as “blues” or “roxy” on the street – to deal with his stress, anxiety and depression.

“I started doing a few per week but eventually progressed to 8 per day,” said Kevin of what became a ...

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Recovery @ CNT: Brian’s Story of Addiction Treatment

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Brian’s childhood was no different from a million other kids – he grew up in a quiet suburban town; he played soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring. In his teenage years, he found he had a talent for music and became adept at the guitar, the bass and the piano.

He first tried alcohol at 13 from a friend’s parent’s minibar. After avoiding pot for a while, he did try ...

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Medication for Withdrawal and Detoxification

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Drug withdrawal is a severe state caused when individuals stop or dramatically reduce it’s usage on which they were heavily dependent for several weeks, months or years.  The sudden withdrawal may result into symptoms that are difficult, severe or even can be life threatening. The severity of withdrawal symptoms may also depend on its level of dependence. The person is at high risk if he tries to make ...

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Beware Withdrawal Symptoms – They can be Fatal!

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Upon abrupt discontinuation or decrease in intake of substances of abuse, an individual goes into a phase called “withdrawal.” It happens after repeated use of opiates (pain pills/heroin), alcohol and benzodiazepines and buprenorphine (trade names: Suboxone, Bunavail, Zubsolv), a medication used to treat opioid withdrawal and cravings. Withdrawal causes acute physical distress and, in the case of alcohol and benxodiazepines, it can cause seizures or even death.

Opiate (pain pills, heroin) withdrawal symptoms ...

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Addiction is a Chronic Disease – Treat it Like One

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People with a substance use disorder, or addiction, are generally viewed as being “responsible” for their condition and there is a stigma associated with suffering from this disorder. However, medical evidence leaves no doubt that addiction is a disease. According to NIDA, addiction comes about through an array of neuroadaptive changes and the laying down and strengthening of new memory connections in various circuits in the brain.

Addiction is a chronic disease, much like diabetes and it ...

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