Opioid Addiction & Recovery

by Laura Ellis on November 30, 2010

STATE OF AFFAIRS 11/30/10:  Opioids are a class of drugs derived from the poppy seed, or their synthetic equivalents. They are an important tool in the medical treatment of pain because of their analgesic effect on the body, but their side effects – euphoria and sedation – make them prime targets for abuse. This Tuesday we’ll learn about about the opioid drug class, why they are so addictive, and how these addictions are treated.

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Micky Nelson November 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm

As a person suffering from years of pain in my spine and joints, I have been prescribed a number of medications to treat pain. However after testing the effects for a period of time, I’ve found that while I become quite drowsy, none of these meds improves the level of pain I experience. So I simply don’t take them. Is this unusual, or are their other pain sufferers who simply do not experience relief with these meds?
Steroid injections and surgeries have provided me some relief.

Ashley November 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Just wondering what the effects of alcohol are on someone who is currently taking SUBOXONE but still continues to drink alcohol?

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