Opioid Addiction: When and How to Seek Treatment

(DGIwire) — America currently faces a daunting epidemic of opioid addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), opioids are medications that reduce the intensity of pain signals and affect those brain areas controlling emotion, which diminishes the effects of a painful stimulus. Medications that fall within this class, NIDA reports, include hydrocodone, […]

Treatment Options Needed in Wake of President’s Heroin Initiative

(DGIwire) — In response to a national rise in fatal heroin overdoses, this past August the White House announced a new Heroin Response Strategy. The program would initially be funded for $2.5 million by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy through five “high-intensity drug trafficking areas” and cover 15 states, administration officials said […]

Warning: Don’t Ignore These Signs of Opioid Dependence

(DGIwire) — The road to opioid addiction is sometimes paved with good intentions. Maybe it starts with an accident and broken bones. The surgery goes well, yet the patient stays in the hospital for a little while, just to ensure proper healing and recovery. However, the patient is in pain, and the only thing that brings rest and relief is pressing the […]

Is a Way ‘In Reach’ to Guide Opioid Users to Recovery?

(DGIwire)   Try as some people might to turn a blind eye to the problem, fatal drug overdoses—especially from opioids and heroin—continue to rise. According to a recent release from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 8,257 people died of heroin-related causes in the U.S. in 2013, a significant increase from the previous year. […]

Beware: These Are Signs of Opioid Dependence

(DGIwire)   Nobody intends to become an addict…but it happens.  Often, opioid addiction begins from good intentions. Imagine:  It could start with some kind of accident that results in severely broken bones. Maybe the surgery goes well, but the surgeon suggests that the patient stay in the hospital for a little while, just to ensure proper healing. However, the patient is in […]

Voices of Opioid Dependence: Giving Family and Friends the Power to Hear

    (DGIwire) — “I wish my family understood how hard recovery is. They didn’t understand what a difficult time period it was for me. I felt they were questioning me, ‘Why don’t you just stop? Can’t you just put the drugs down?’ People don’t understand, it doesn’t just work like that. It’s not something […]

For Those with Opioid Dependence, Help Is Now ‘In Reach’

(DGIwire) – People experiencing opioid dependence may understandably be confused about where to turn for help. According to a World Health Organization document titled “Guidelines for the Psychosocially Assisted Treatment of Opioid Dependence,” this complex health condition often requires long-term treatment and care. The ultimate achievement of a drug-free state is the ideal and ultimate […]