Medication for Opiate Withdrawal

Bill CarrickOpiate Detox

Medication for Opiate Withdrawal:  There are a number of medications used to treat opiate withdrawal symptoms. The EHD blog will list these medications with a short description of each. Buprenorphine: Buprenorphine is a long acting opiate that has a better safety profile than other opiates. There is a ceiling related to euphoria. The medications Suboxone and Subutex contain Buprenorphine. Suboxone: Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone. This combination is considered a safe opiate medication for use in an outpatient setting. Subutex: Subutex is Buprenorphine. It does not have Naloxone in the formula. Methadone: Methadone is a long acting opiate. … Read More

A Drug By Any Other Name; A List of Opiates, Benzodiazepines, and Alcohol

Bill CarrickAlcohol Detox, Medication, Opiate Detox

I get a lot of inquiries about drugs and what classification or group they are in. Some people confuse an opiate based drug for a benzodiazepine and vice versa. I will list a number of drugs under the heading of Opiate, Opioid, Benzodiazepine, and Alcohol. This is not a comprehensive list. Here goes. Opiate: Occurs naturally in the opium plant: Codeine Morphine Opioid: Semisynthetic or synthetic substance chemically related to opium and binding to opiate receptors Heroin Oxycodone (Oxycontin, OxyIR, Oxydose, Roxicodone, Percocet, Percodan, Roxicet, Tylox) Oxymorphone (Opana) Hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Palladone) Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Hycodan) Fentanyl (Duragesic, Actiq, Sublimaze) … Read More

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

Bill CarrickOpiate Detox

Opiate withdrawal symptoms can be unexpectedly brutal. Opiates like Heroin, Morphine, Oxycontin, Oxycodone  and others can be miracle drugs, but they can also be very difficult to stop once dependence or addiction takes place. They take unbearable pain and make it bearable. But just as they have miracle qualities, these drugs also have devilish and evil consequences when misused, abused, or when an opiate dependent person wants to stop taking the drug. The withdrawal symptoms of opiates are just the opposite of the pleasurable effects. Euphoria turns to Dyphoric feelings. Pain relief turns to pain in the joints and general … Read More

Connections in Recovery: A Key piece in sustaining sobriety

Bill CarrickAlcohol Detox, Opiate Detox, Recovery

Connections in Recovery: I am very fortunate to maintain positive connections in recovery. I recently receive two phone calls from clients,  both in the last couple days. One was from Angelina, who underwent an opiate home detox. And the other phone call was from Robert, who underwent an alcohol home detox. Their voices on the other side of the phone immediately told me they were doing well. We felt connected! Connections in Recovery: Angelina Angelina had just returned from traveling abroad. She knew of my last vice, caffeine, and she called to say she picked me up some coffee beans … Read More

Cigarettes, Marijuana, and Detox

Bill CarrickAlcohol Detox, Opiate Detox

Cigarettes, Marijuana, and Detox Do you have to stop smoking cigarettes or stop smoking pot if you want to get clean or sober? Cigarettes A middle aged man, Randy, called Executive Home Detox for a Vicodin and SOMA detox. He had just left a second inpatient detox / rehab in as many days. He wanted to get off the drugs but couldn’t stop smoking… so he left rehab and called us. Marijuana A young adult, Joseph, was hooked on Oxycontin and Xanax. He agreed to get off Oxy’s and Z-bars but adamantly refused to stop smoking Pot and refused to … Read More