opioid addiction

Can You Quit Opioids Cold Turkey? Perhaps. . . but Residential Treatment is the Better Option!

Addicted to opioids and you want to stop? You may be considering going cold turkey and trying to quit on your own using willpower alone. This may work for some, but it can be dangerous to your health to withdraw....

5 Tips for Addiction Relapse Prevention

Preventing a relapse There is an old quote that goes, “Failing to plan is like planning to fail.” You need to have a plan on how to get where you are going, and if you don’t, how will you get....

Cannabis – Should it be Decriminalised?

There is much concern about the link between cannabis use and mental health problems and the risk of dependence. Research shows that 10% of regular users become dependent on it, and the risk of addiction is higher if you start....
Keep kids off drugs

5 Ways To Help Keep Kids Off Drugs

How Can You Help Keep Kids off Drugs? It is the topic of conversation every mum and dad go through with their kids, the talk about drugs. There are ways however that you can help to keep kids off drugs.....

Is the Opioid Epidemic Spreading to the UK?

The Rise in Opioid Addiction The US has had to cope with an opioid epidemic since the 1990s, seeing substantial increases in opioid use and misuse – of opioids, especially for morphine and codeine. There has also been a coinciding....

Legal Highs: What Are They and Why Are They Banned?

New Psychoactive Substances like Spice, which have resulted in scores of users being hospitalised over the UK were "expected to leave more people needing emergency medical treatment" than any other drug and resulting in legal highs addiction, the Global Drug....
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Helping A Loved One Get Off Drugs

Helping a Loved One Get Off an Alcohol and Drugs Addiction It can be scary, sad, and disheartening to watch someone you love who has an alcohol and drugs addiction. Addiction to drugs or alcohol can be most torturous to....

Alcohol Detox in London

  Getting help for alcohol detox in London London is the bustling capital city of England. With its large population instances of alcoholism is much higher here than in other parts of the country. Despite this, the citizens of London....

FAQs

Opiates faq

How long do opiates stay in your system?
The half-life for opiates can range from 1-9 hours, depending on how much you take and which type. For instance, the half-life of morphine is 1.5-6.5 hours, the half-life of codeine is 1-4 hours, and the half-life of hydrocodone is 3.5-9 hours The amount of time that opiates can be detected in your system relies on the type of test.
What happens when you mix alcohol with opiates?
Both opiates and alcohol depress the activity of the central nervous system, slowing breathing and heart rate. When taken together, the effects of these substances only increase, slowing breathing and heart rate down dangerously and depriving essential parts of the body of oxygen. Without an adequate amount of oxygen, essential organ systems begin to shut down. This can cause brain damage, or worse, death. Ingestion of opiates and alcohol also leads to loss of balance and coordination, increasing the risk of severe falls and rendering normal activities like driving deadly.
Can heroin abuse cause diabetes?

Some research implies that regular consumption of heroin can have an impact upon the pancreas which can cause hyperglycaemia; more studies are underway in order to establish the nature of this relationship.

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