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 […]

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 […]

Pain, Pleasure & Opioid Addiction Next Door

(DGIwire) — In many movies involving drug-addicted characters, the dramatic scenes often take place in back alleys with sketchy drug dealers in long coats, or in rundown drug dens. In real life, drug dependence—particularly dependence on opioids—can arise in a middle class or upper class home with a doctor’s prescription. The addict could be one’s next-door […]

The Grand Illusion of Fame and Drug Addiction

(DGIwire) — Some people say that much of the best art, music and literature has been created by artists while they were “under the influence” of drugs. These critics might cite The Velvet Underground’s song “Heroin,” The Beatles’ classic  “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” or the works of punk artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Drug use, […]

Treating Opioid Abuse Before It Takes Over a Life

(DGIwire) – Substance abuse often starts as self-medication—an attempt to stop the physical or emotional pain a person is feeling. However, drug dependency is very difficult to treat. Those with dependence are part of a community, and when one person has a drug problem, there often are several more. This is especially true today, with heroin use […]

No More Stiff Upper Lip for Back Pain Sufferers

(DGIwire) — Chronic lower back pain has become a common complaint. Does this mean we should just resign ourselves to a stiff lower dorsum and keep a stiff upper lip? The answer is no, because when back pain becomes constant, it can lead to serious consequences. Since chronic lower back pain is difficult to diagnose and […]

A Goal of Relief for Those with Chronic Pain

(DGIwire) — The World Cup riles up sports fans on every continent. Even for people who don’t typically enjoy watching sports, the World Cup became more of a community event, with people gathering at friends’ houses or local bars to cheer on their favorite teams. Much like the Super Bowl and World Series, watching the […]

For Those with Opioid Dependence, a New Approach on the Road Toward Health

 (DGIwire) — In many movies involving drug-addicted characters, the dramatic scenes often take place in back alleys with sketchy drug dealers in long coats, or in rundown drug dens. In real life, drug dependence—particularly dependence on opioids—can arise in a middle class or upper class home with a doctor’s prescription. The addict could be one’s next-door […]

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