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Physical Activity, Staying Busy, and Living Sober

After completing a rehab program, a recovering addict will enter the real world in a life of recovery. While the fear and anxiety of reentering society without drugs can be difficult, it is absolutely possible to stay clean. Relapse is always a fear for recovering addicts, as the triggers and…

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The Benefits of Recreation During Rehab

Addiction is time consuming, but rehab is intense as well. Between attending group sessions, individual therapy appointments and off-site support group meetings, rehab may seem like it leaves recovering addicts with little margin for anything other than recovery. However, this mindset is not true: finding ways to relax, have…

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Can a Thyroid Disorder Lead to Addiction?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck just above the collarbone and below the Adam’s apple. It produces several hormones, the most important of which are triiodothyronine, known as T3, and thyroxine, known as T4. These hormones travel throughout the body and control many functions…

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The Dangers of Self-Medicating Chronic Headaches

Coping with chronic headaches is hard. In an effort to escape, even people who seek appropriate medical help can be tempted to self-medicate. Abusing prescription medications or numbing pain with street drugs and/or alcohol often creates negative consequences that far outlast any temporary relief a high can generate…

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Autoimmune Disorders and Suboxone Addiction

Autoimmune disorders cause the immune system to attack healthy bodily tissue. According to the National Institutes of Health, there are over 80 autoimmune disorders, and these disorders share common traits while also being unique. Most include symptoms such as fatigue and weakness, and autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and…

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Suboxone Addiction and Weight Problems

Though it is an opioid, suboxone helps opiate addicts get clean from addiction. It does this by satisfying cravings without taking such a strong hold to reawaken addiction, so tapered dosages and physical and mental therapy can help addicts get clean if they take suboxone in place of a dangerous…

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STDs and Suboxone Addiction

Suboxone is a preparation of the semi-synthetic opioid buprenorphine. It is used primarily in the treatment of opiate and opioid dependence since it reduces the occurrence and severity of withdrawal symptoms without producing the intoxicating and incapacitating “high” of other opiates and opioids. Suboxone is used in much the…

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How Suboxone Affects Sleep

Suboxone is a drug used to help people reduce their addiction to opiates, including heroin. Because of its unique chemical properties, the drug does not produce the same intense feelings as heroin does, but it can ease the physical cravings that heroin causes. However, if taken more often than recommended…

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Hormonal Balance and Suboxone Use

Hormones are powerful components in the human body that can both drive both the way you think and behave. Furthermore, they can be easily affected by foreign substances such as suboxone. Some people are driven to abuse suboxone because of their hormonal imbalances, but this drug can also create its…

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Hepatitis and Suboxone Abuse

Abusing a drug such as suboxone can bring about a handful of health problems, including hepatitis. When hepatitis develops, the liver cannot function normally, as it has suffered serious damage that causes inflammation. Therefore, continual use of suboxone can exacerbate hepatitis symptoms and/or cause more damage.
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Effects of Suboxone Abuse on the Immune System

Like all opioids, buprenorphine (the opioid in Suboxone) suppresses immune system function, leaving users more susceptible to virtually any disease. Suboxone users who are on opioid replacement therapy under the direction of a physician can take steps to support their immune systems and counteract the effects of the Suboxone, while…

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Suboxone Dependence after Surgery

Suboxone is a synthetic opiate, or opioid, that was developed as a treatment for opiate addiction. In much the same way as methadone, the drug’s active ingredient, buprenorphine, satisfies the brain’s need for opiates without getting the user high. It is also available in a doctor’s office…

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Can My Brain Heal after Suboxone Use?

Chronic Suboxone abuse can change a person’s brain chemistry to cause dependence. The drug releases high levels of dopamine in the brain, which induces pleasure. Constant Suboxone use conditions the brain to expect the high levels of dopamine from the drug, so the brain can no longer function without…

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Insomnia and Suboxone Abuse

Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone that is used to treat opiate addiction. Naloxone blocks the effects of opiates, such as morphine, codeine and heroin. Burprenephrine works like other opiates without producing the euphoric effects of the drugs. This makes it easier for the person struggling with opiate…

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