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Blue Earth County, Minnesota, Refuses Methadone Clinic

Posted under GHB, Heroin, Methadone, Minnesota, Painkillers, Treatment

police keep drugs under controlA company in Twin Cities recently proposed opening a methadone clinic in Mankato – population under 40,000, spread across three counties: Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur – but Blue Earth County officials said no. Is the county depriving heroin and prescription painkiller addicts an opportunity to get off drugs? Not from the county’s viewpoint. In fact, county officials are worried that a methadone clinic could worsen the county’s drug problem. How could that happen? more…

Addiction Help Is Available for Methadone, and the Sooner the Better

Posted under Addiction Help, Florida, Methadone, OxyContin

When it gets to the point where a county medical examiner says he would never let someone in his family take a specific prescription drug unless they were a heroin addict, you know you’re dealing with a dangerous drug. And that’s exactly what Hillsborough County, Florida, Medical Examiner, Vernard Adams, said about methadone. As methadone more…

How to Keep Addicts Alive Until They’re Into Rehab

Posted under Buprenorphine, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Intervention, Marijuana, Methadone, OxyContin

There’s probably nothing worse than having a kid, spouse, parent or close friend on drugs and spending most of your time worrying about whether they’re safe and whether you’re going to get a phone call giving you bad news.

Of course, the best solution to drug addiction is prevention, not treatment. And there are many things you can do to help prevent them from getting into drugs.

A lot of people dispute the disease theory of addiction. And for good reason: Although the drugs can definitely cause physical dependency, true addiction involves a mental and emotional element – it’s a symptom that the person has things going on in their life that they don’t know how to deal with. more…

You CAN Help Your Kids Stop Taking Drugs

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Methadone, Methamphetamine, Young People

This morning I was reading a forum for mothers whose children are addicts. It was heartbreaking. They have had so much loss, so much devastation, the families are at a breaking point. But, if you act, things can turn out okay. more…

Why Longer Drug Rehab is Better

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Methadone

Have you heard about people going to drug rehab more than once? One person responded to a blog I wrote telling me he’d been to rehab seven times and, even the last time, it didn’t work. That particular person was on a methadone maintenance program – said he needed to stay on methadone because his failures at drug rehab proved that addiction help doesn’t work for him and that he actually needs the methadone.

But is it true that the addiction help that helps other won’t help him? Absolutely not. What is more likely true is that he didn’t do a long-term drug rehab. more…

From Painkillers to Heroin – An All Too Common Story

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Methadone, Vicodin

Every day there are stories about people who start their drug use with a legitimate prescription for painkillers and become heroin addicts. Their lives are ruined. But you can prevent it.

A recent story chronicled the life of one such person. Here’s the time line:

  • At 18, her doctor gave her a prescription for Vicodin for fibromyalgia.
  • Over the next two years she took the drug more and more frequently and, within three years, was a full blown addict. more…

Heroin Overdoses Lives Can be Saved

Posted under Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Drug Rehab, Heroin, Hydrocodone, Methadone, Methamphetamine, Oxycodone

When someone overdoses on heroin or similar drugs (called opioids) and doesn’t receive immediate treatment, they can stop breathing and die rather quickly. But a new drug could save the life of someone you care about.

We frequently hear about these overdose tragedies on the news – actors, musicians, all sorts of celebrities, not to mention college and high school kids, housewives, professionals, and so on – no one is immune.

Unfortunately, most of the time an opioid overdose means there’s very little anyone can do to save that victim’s life. Rescue people might be it, but there is virtually no chance they’ll be able to do anything about it. That is, unless more…

Why You Shouldn’t Use Methadone to Get off Other Drugs

Posted under Heroin, Methadone, Opiates

Methadone has been used for decades to help people get off heroin. But guess what? It doesn’t work. It has life-changing side effects. It’s easy to overdose on. And it’s almost impossible to quit. It’s hard to face up to heroin withdrawal. It can be painful. That’s why only 5 percent of people who try more…

Methadone Is Worse Than Heroin

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin, Methadone, Opiates

People sometimes go onto methadone temporarily to help them get off heroin. But rarely do they actually get off the methadone. In fact, methadone is so hard to stop taking that many addiction help facilities won’t even accept people who are taking it. Why Do People Take Methadone to Quit Heroin? Using methadone to help more…

Getting Addiction Help May Be Easier Than You Think

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Methadone, Methamphetamine

Looking for help with someone who has a problem with drugs or alcohol can be pretty overwhelming. There are literally hundreds of drug rehab facilities, and nearly as many different methods of rehab, that it’s almost impossible for someone who is not an expert to figure out what to do. The easy solution is calling more…

Methadone – The Other Heroin

Posted under Drug Addiction, Heroin, Methadone, Morphine, Treatment

Methadone is commonly given to heroin addicts (as well as morphine and other opioid users) to “treat” their dependence and withdrawal symptoms. It is prescribed to addicts every day, all over the US. It’s considered a way of helping people to get past their addiction and dependence to illegal street drugs. The unfortunate thing about more…

Methadone Clinics Don’t Solve Heroin Addiction Problem

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin, Maine, Methadone

The City Council in Brewer, Maine, was supposed to make a decision on opening more methadone clinics. There are already nine of them, three of them in Bangor, just a mile from Brewer. They’ve put the decision off until January, largely because they’re concerned with social issues. They say the residents don’t want more drug addicts more…

Woman Drinking at Drug Rehab After Killing Her Kid – What Are Her Chances?

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol, Drug Rehab, Methadone, Young People

A few months ago a mother who was having a drug party at her house gave her two-year old some methadone to shut her up. The methadone killed her daughter. The judge suspended his 10-year sentence in favor of five years’ probation with the proviso that the woman get addiction help. So, she’s in the treatment more…

Radio Personality Goes Through Hell Kicking His Methadone Addiction

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Methadone, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

Okay, so there are a lot of people out there who depend on methadone as a way to get through life. People who just can’t shake their addiction to opiates no matter how many times they go through various forms of drug rehab – if I’d tried drug rehab 17 times, I guess I’d consider more…

Unsuccessful Heroin Addiction Treatment – Methadone – Hits the Czech Republic

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin, Methadone

Other countries often follow what happens in the U.S. I was raised in Canada, I was always told that we were 10 years behind the U.S. In some ways, that’s a blessing. As the people in the Czech Republic are soon to find out – they’re going to get methadone to “treat” heroin addicts. We’re more…

Addiction Help – One More Reason You Should Get It

Posted under Addiction Help, Alcohol, Methadone, Tranquilizers

I’ve written a lot of blogs in the past about the dangers of methadone. Check out yesterday’s New York Times article about methadone-related deaths and you’ll find out more about the problem. And why people who are already taking other drugs or drinking alcohol, or could possibly do either, need to get addiction help before more…

Does Addiction Help Work for Methadone? Yes. And It Works for Heroin, Too.

Posted under Addiction Help, Heroin, Methadone

After writing yesterday’s blog on methadone treatment I received a blog from a woman who was on heroin for 10 years until a methadone treatment clinic opened in her town. From her viewpoint, methadone saved her life. Fair enough. I don’t know what addiction help she tried during those 10 years but, obviously, whatever it more…

Addiction Help Q & A: Is Methadone Treatment Stopping Addiction?

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Methadone, Minnesota, Prescription Drugs

In the town of Fort Frances, Ontario, just across the border from Minnesota, there are about 60 people on methadone maintenance. Last year there were seven. The town has a population of a little over 8,000. According to a local pharmacist, more and more Fort Frances residents who have trouble ending their addiction to heroin, more…

Drug Addiction Treatment – Not Methadone, Says Russia

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Methadone, Prescription Drugs

Ever since Russia opened up to the rest of the world, the country has had a drug problem. Russia has been corrupt in several ways for a long time, but drugs was not one of them. Now they have a heroin addiction problem. Some drug ‘specialists’ in Russia are advocating methadone treatment, but most consider more…

Addiction Help Facility Under Investigation After Methadone Death

Posted under Addiction Help, Methadone, Pennsylvania

The recent death of a 16-year-old girl provides an excellent example of why people have to be warned about the dangers of methadone: Two girls living at a facility for teen substance abuser stole methadone from an employee. Not getting high as they had obviously expected to, the girls continued to take more methadone throughout more…

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