Coping With The Worst Of The Worse

There are certain illnesses in life that can really become debilitating. Whilst you’re still able to go about your daily life as such, you’ll be limited in what you can do compared to prior to the illness. Some are silent but deadly, some are noticeably affecting people’s lives. But as we get older, it’s more common to see just how many illnesses can affect our lives. The lifestyles we chose as younger adults will soon catch up on us. Smoking and alcohol consumption in excess are some of the leading causes of illness, as well as drug abuse. But when we’re young and carefree, we don’t tend to think of the future. Whilst there are always new treatments being developed, and studied being carried out, it’s so important that you manage it in your own way as well. Without taking charge of your own health, you’re not really giving yourself the best chance.




COPD

This is such a common disease that affects people so many people over the age of around 40. It is most commonly caused by smoking, or smoke inhalation from a young age. But it definitely doesn’t mean you had to smoke to contract the disease. The symptoms can be life changing. You’ll experience shortness of breath, a chesty mucus cough, and fatigue. It is a condition of the lungs where air can’t flow as easily out of the lungs due to narrowed airways. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease, but it isn’t something that’s going to kill you, and there are ways to cope. There are so many treatments available to help you. One being the medications the doctor prescribes you. Some lifestyle changes will also help to manage the symptoms. If you’re a smoker, you need to stop as soon as possible. It’s only aggravating the disease. Slow exercise such as walking will also help to open the airways a little further.

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea to some people might not sound that scary. It’s occurs when you’re sleeping (obviously), and can happen in two ways. Either your brain stops sending the right signals for breathing, causing you to stop. Or the more common way is your airway temporarily collapses. Although this does all happen within sleep, it causes an unsettled sleep, and has scary risks for the future. You are at higher risk of heart failures, arrhythmias, and high blood pressure. Again, like with COPD, you can control this with a few lifestyle changes and medical equipment. Try talking to CPAP specialists, and see which masks work for you. They supply compressed air through a face mask throughout the night to stop the collapsing happening. Lifestyle changes to make would again, be stopping smoking, losing weight, and slow down on alcohol. If you don’t change your lifestyle, it’ll be harder for medicine alone to combat your illness.

There are so many more debilitating illnesses that people have to go through in life. These two are some of the less brutal ones, but nevertheless are still life changing for the people affected.

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Home Remedies for Neuropathy

The sciatic nerve is the longest and widest nerve in the body, when this nerve is irritated or compressed it can cause pain, numbness and tingling in the lower body.

Ever since I fell pregnant with my first baby I have suffered with sciatica neuropathy. At times it is barely noticeable and at other times it is incredibly painful and debilitating to deal with.

Sciatica neuropathy

The nervous system is made up of two parts – the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. Nerves in the peripheral nervous system send messages between the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and the rest of the body.

Peripheral neuropathy (often just referred to as neuropathy) is when the peripheral nerves become disrupted or damaged.

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy:

Neuropathy can be inherited at birth, or acquired later in life and there are many causes of acquired neuropathy.

Neuropathy can be caused by alcohol and drug abuse.

Some other common causes of neuropathy include:

  • systematic diseases (diabetes is the most common systematic disease that causes neuropathy)
  • infectious diseases
  • autoimmune disorders
  • physical trauma
  • kidney disorders
  • hormonal diseases
  • certain drugs (drugs for cancer, antivirals, antibiotics, anticonvulsants)
  • chemical imbalances caused by liver disease
  • vitamin deficiencies
  • chronic inflammation
  • tumors and cancer
  • blood diseases
  • exposure to toxins in heavy metals (such as arsenic, lead, thallium, mercury)
  • physical injuries
  • reptitive physical stress




Common medications for treatment of neuropathy include anti-epileptic drug, antidepressants and opioid medications.

None of these options for medications are particularly viable for me as a recoving addict with a dual diagnosis (I have bipolar disorder).

It is interesting to note that when I was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder one of the medications I was put on was an anti-epileptic drug.

Opioids are addictive so I cannot take them and I have heard that taking antidepressants when you are bipolar is not a good idea.

Any medications that I take I need to carefully evaluate and often I have to check with my psychiatrist to see if it would be safe for me to take. For these reasons I always prefer to find natural remedies for any medical problems I may be having wherever possible, including home remedies for neuropathy.

My sciatica neuropathy is a chronic problem I have had for the last 7 years and I manage it using natural remedies. If you are also suffering from neuropathy then I suggest you find a NeuropathyProgram that works for you.

Home remedies neuropathy

Here are 10 natural remedies for neuropathy:

1. Exercise

Exercise can be highly effective to help relive symptoms of neuropathy. Exercising regularly will improve your blood flow to all areas of your body and help to nourish your damaged nerves.

Regular walking will be very beneficial to anyone suffering from neuropathy and in particular people with type 2 diabetes.

Exercise regularly

2. Maintain Your Blood Sugar Levels

High blood sugar is very toxic for your nerves, which means that maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is vital. This can be done through regular exercise, eating a diabetic friendly diet, avoiding stress and getting enough rest.

Eat nuts daily

3. Eat Nuts Every Day

Nuts are high in nutrients, including biotin (Vitamin H) which is excellent in improving the symptoms of neuropathy pain. Eating a handful of almonds, pecan nuts and walnuts every day will help to keep blood sugars level and prevent nerve damage.

Essential oils for neuropathy

4. Essential Oils for Neuropathy

Essential oils are well known for their amazing healing properties and can help to soothe some of the symptoms of neuropathy. You can add essential oils to your creams and lotions to be absorbed into your body, or add some essential oils to your bath.

These are great essential oils to try:

  • Lavendar essential oil
  • Rosewood essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Helichrysum essential oi
  • Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • Eucalyptus essential oi




5. Mustard Oil

Mustard oil has heating energy that can stimulate your nerves , improving nerve function. Massage the mustard oil onto the affected areas in circular motions until it is absorbed into your skin to stimulate blood flow.

6. Vitamin B12

Increase your Vitamin B12 intake by eating enough meat, dairy and seafood. You can also consider taking a Vitamin B12 supplement, especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. There are some vegan foods that are fortified with B12 such as some soy products, plant milk and some cereals.

Acupuncture for neuropathy

7. Acupuncture for Neuropathy

Acupuncture can be very helpful in the treatment of neuropathy. Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine, originating from Chinese Traditional Medicine, where needles are inserted into the body to unblock energy flow in the body.

Massage for Neuropathy

8. Massage for Neuropathy

Massage is known to have incredible health benefits, including pain relief and also increasing blood circulation which will help to bring much needed nutrients to your nerves.

9. Body Stress Release for Neuropathy

Body Stress Release is the main way that I currently treat my sciatica neuropathy, along with some of the above mentioned home remedies. Body Stress Release is a natural therapy that releases the built up physical stress in the body.

10. Avoid Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking

Alcohol and drugs may have caused your problem in the first place, but even if that isn’t so for you, it would be wise to avoid alcohol and drugs since they will just make the problem worse and prevent treatments from working.

If you are an addict in active addiction, just know that neuropathy is one physical complication that your addiction can cause, along with plenty of other physical effects and damages that you are causing to your body.

While my sciatica neuropathy was first noticeable when I fell pregnant, the damage could have first started with my heavy alcohol and drug use (as well as smoking) in the past and then being pregnant just set it off.

Smoking also adds to worsen neuropathy so consider quitting smoking if you are a smoker. Smoking restricts your blood flow and also has a negative effect on blood sugar levels.

I hope that these home remedies for neuropathy are helpfiul to you. If you have anything to add that helps with your neuropathy please add them in the comments.

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Alcohol​ ​And​ ​Dental​ ​Disease

Every alcoholic will probably be aware that their addiction is damaging many aspects of their lives. Personal and professional relationships may have been strained to breaking point. The emotional stress related to alcohol dependence will invariably take a significant toll on mental health. And of course consuming large amounts of alcohol may irreparably damage general health and wellbeing. There is, however, another health aspect that is usually overlooked because of more urgent medical, psychiatric and social problems but is none the less still an important part of living a long and healthy life and that is dental health.




The adverse effects of drinking heavily are well documented, alcohol gets absorbed by the stomach, enters the bloodstream and reaches the brain and central nervous system, and the remains are processed by the liver. This means that there is a risk of stomach ulcers, artery clogging, and liver cirrhosis. The effects on the brain include memory loss, impaired motor functions, and alcohol dependency.

Alcohol is the second leading cause of cancer in human beings, second only to smoking. Also, the risk of heart disease, impotence, wrinkles and early aging increases significantly with heavy alcohol consumption.

The effect on teeth is no less dangerous, as alcohol is consumed through the mouth, meaning it is the most affected organ of all, and since most alcoholic drinks contain added sodas and\or citrus drinks, the effects are multiplied.

Alcohol dental health

Oral diseases related to alcohol abuse are numerous and diverse, including:

    • Teeth staining (as they contain artificial colors and chromogenic bacteria).
    • Bad breath, as alcohol disrupts the balance of bacteria in the mouth.
    • Dryness of the mouth and as saliva is a buffer and can wash away the food remnant and plaque and clean the teeth, the risk of dental decay and gum disease increases. Not only that, but many alcohol abusers tend to skip dental care altogether, causing the damage to increase significantly.
    • Alcohol is acidic in origin, which causes demineralization and softening of the enamel (outer surface of the teeth), also leading to increased decay rate in addition to teeth sensitivity.
    • Due to this acidic nature, it causes changes in the taste sensation of the tongue, as well as burning of the tongue, gums and the insides of the cheeks.
    • Excessive use of alcohol can also lead to vomiting, and since the stomach contents are highly acidic, this causes chemical erosion of the teeth. Significant erosion leads to teeth sensitivity, decay, and bad appearance.




  • Swelling of Salivary glands, especially the Parotid gland (which is present in front of the ear. This carries a lot of risks including decreasing the flow of saliva, nerve compression (as more than 5 nerves that supply the face pass through this gland) and in severe cases, even hearing problems.
  • Alcohol dependence has also been linked to gum disease which can, in turn, lead to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke diabetes, respiratory disease, and cancer.
  • Research has shown that statistically, drinkers are more likely smoke as well. The combination of drinking alcohol and smoking is especially harmful and early research suggests that the combination of using both substances together multiplies the chance of certain cancers.
  • Oral cancer risk is multiplied 6 times with alcohol abusers compared to average risk, especially if combined with smoking.

Alcohol and dental disease

“What​ ​should​ ​I​ ​do​ ​to​ ​avoid​ ​these​ ​effects?”

Unfortunately improving dental health while still suffering from alcohol addiction is very difficult since the user will likely be facing considerable challenges emotionally, socially, physically and financially, but there are some small steps that can be taken to keep the damaging effects to a minimum.

  • Every effort should be made to attend a dentist or clinic regularly to clean the teeth professionally, check for teeth and gum infections and importantly monitor for any sign of mouth cancer.
  • Surveys and research indicate that while practically no addicts floss at all, most still make an effort to clean their teeth regularly and actively maintain an interest in oral health. Unfortunately, in many cases, the daily oral hygiene routine is not still not sufficiently adequate to prevent the buildup of plaque and the resulting decay and gum disease. Interestingly alcoholics often choose a hard bristled brush. Perhaps in an effort to thoroughly scrub away the smell of alcohol from their breath. Hard bristle brushes are not ideal for cleaning teeth as they can potentially damage teeth enamel and contribute to gum recession. A better option is to use a soft bristle brush that is better able to flex into the spaces between the teeth and that won’t damage the teeth. An even better option is to use an electric toothbrush that can reduce the effort required to clean every tooth surface properly. Dentists often recommend Oral-B toothbrushes because of the efficiency of the cup-shaped cleaning heads. Some electric toothbrushes like the Oral-B Pro-2000 have a built-in pressure sensor that will alert the user if excessive pressure is applied during brushing, this is especially useful for people who drink regularly during the day because alcohol has a softening effect on tooth enamel making them susceptible to toothbrush erosion.
  • Brushing directly after drinking is not recommended, but heavy rinsing of your mouth is highly advised. Using a higher fluoride-containing toothpaste and mouthwash is also advisable, although some mouthwashes do contain alcohol, and thus should be avoided since they can further dry out the mouth. Also, there are some suggestions that mouthwashes containing alcohol may be a contributing factor to mouth cancer.
  • Many alcoholics make every effort to cover up their dependence to those around them. One of the giveaway signs of drinking is the smell of alcohol on the breath so it is common practice to use strong breath mints to freshen the breath. Sucking on breath mints or chewing gum is a great way to stimulate saliva production. Saliva is nature’s way of keeping the teeth and gums clean. For people who are are going to use breath mints or chewing gum, it is a great idea to use products containing xylitol. Bacteria thrive on sugar, and it is the toxic byproduct of the metabolized sugar that causes tooth decay and infection. Xylitol is a natural sugar that disrupts bacteria’s ingestion process and effectively kills and reduces the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Regularly using xylitol mints, gum, sweets or toothpaste is a very easy way to improve oral health.

Of course, the most important course of action for any alcoholic is to seek help for their addiction as soon as possible, only then can the recovery and healing process really begin. Rebuilding a life after addiction can be a very long process with many fences to mend along the way. Dental health usually takes a back seat compared to other aspects of life but poor oral health can have a very real impact on many chronic and systemic diseases not to mention confidence and self-esteem.

Effects of alcohol on dental health

Dental​ ​Health​ ​Recovery

Alcohol and substance abuse can have a devastating effect on dental health but with a little time and effort, it is possible to regain a healthy smile. Achieving a good level of oral health, in theory, is relatively simple.

By following these simple steps it is possible for anybody to improve their dental health.

  • Schedule regular dentist visits to check and monitor for decay, gum disease and mouth cancer. The dental team will also scale and polish teeth if required.
  • Always brush teeth for 2 minutes twice a day.
  • Floss teeth at least once a day. Flossing can be done with string floss, interdental brushes or electric power flossers like a Waterpik.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid brushing teeth immediately after eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks. This is when tooth enamel is at its softest and most vulnerable. Wait for at least half an hour to let the mouth chemistry to stabilize.Avoid brushing teeth immediately after eating or drinking acidic foods and drinks. This is when tooth enamel is at its softest and most vulnerable. Wait for at least half an hour to let the mouth chemistry to stabilize.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to protect teeth.
  • Chew or suck on Xylitol chewing gum or sweets regularly to reduce oral bacteria.Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Eating natural foods that are rich in vital vitamins and minerals will help teeth and gums stay healthy.

Smile Recovery

Smile​ ​Recovery

Having a healthy smile will do wonders for a person’s confidence. For people with missing, discolored teeth or crooked teeth it is worthwhile asking your dentist for available options to improve the appearance of the teeth. Today’s advanced dentistry techniques can easily resolve dental problems and recover a person’s smile.

It is important to replace missing teeth for many health reasons and there are a number of options available:

  • Full dentures
  • Partial dentures
  • Flexible dentures
  • Fixed dentures
  • Implants
  • Mini implants

Discolored teeth can leave people embarrassed to smile, but there are many options available to remove staining and discoloration:

  • Whitening toothpastes
  • Teeth polishing
  • In office professional teeth bleaching
  • At home professional teeth bleaching
  • Veneers

Crowns Crowded or crooked teeth can also cause embarrassment but there are many procedures that can be performed to straighten any smile:

  • Cosmetic contouring
  • Bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Crowns
  • Braces
  • Invisible braces

A genuine smile releases endorphins oxygenate the brain and make us feel relaxed and happy. Don’t underestimate the power of a beautiful smile.


About The Author

Dr.​ ​Mohamed​ ​Abdel​ ​Hamid​ ​BDS,​ ​MFDS​ ​RCSEd,​ ​Member​ ​of​ ​AACD


 

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The Long Road to Opiate Addiction Recovery

Opiate addiction is a dangerous disease that results in tremendous damage to individuals, families, and communities across the nation and around the world. This disease has become so devastating that it has reached epidemic proportions. However, there are treatment options available that can allow sufferers to retake control of their lives and end their opiate abuse. The road to opiate addiction recovery is a long one but one that could save your life.

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The First Steps

The first thing that must be done to recover from opiate addiction is to stop using opiates. This one thing that is easier said than done. Stopping opiate use after becoming addicted is incredibly difficult and may even be dangerous due to intense withdrawal symptoms associated with it. Symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Insomnia and depression
  • Powerful drug cravings

These symptoms are extremely unpleasant and may even be dangerous without medical supervision. It is for this reason, it you should seek help. The best place to get help recovering from an addiction to opiates is a treatment center.

How Treatment Centers Help Recovering Addicts

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every person and addiction is different, requiring professional evaluation and personalized treatment in order to overcome a substance use disorder. Certified opiate addiction treatment centers have the personnel and resources necessary to perform this function. They have a number of different treatment options to help addicts, but what is most important is that the addict receives treatment.




Proven Treatments for Opiate Addiction

While there are many different treatment options for recovering opiate addicts, it is essential that they are proven to be effective. At this time, only behavioral therapies, counseling, and medications have proven effective in ending opiate abuse over the long term. Common behavioral therapies and counseling techniques used are:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Aversion therapy
  • Contingency management
  • 12-step facilitation therapy
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Family counseling

All of these techniques are commonly used and have been proven effective, particularly when combined with certain medications.

Recovery from opiate addiction

The Role of Medications

Medications are incredibly helpful tools in recovering from opiate addiction. However, it is important to understand that medications alone are not treatment. They are only effective when used in combination with behavioral therapies or counseling. Common medications used include:

  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Suboxone
  • Naloxone
  • Naltrexone

When used with behavioral therapies and counseling, these medications can help recovering addicts get and stay opiate free.

Aftercare and Continuing Recovery

It is important to remember that no matter what treatments are used, no opiate addict can ever be truly cured. Opiate addiction is a chronic disease and must be managed for the remainder of the sufferer’s life. This does not mean that these recovering addicts cannot get off opiates and remain drug free.  It does mean that opiate addiction recovery is an ongoing process and takes time and effort. There is always the possibility of relapse which makes building a recovery support network and a relationship with a treatment center vital.

Having access to further treatment to help you remain drug free are essential parts of ensuring a drug free existence. Though it is a long and difficult road, it is possible to overcome an addiction to opiates and live a normal life.

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A Holistic Approach To Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a complex problem that has many contributing factors. The first bridge to cross would be to get clean which may involve a medical detox, and from then on the addict would need to stay away from addictive substances and activities.

This is not the end of the recovery process, it is not complete. In fact it has only just begun. Addiction is deep rooted and even though the addict may be physically clean from any addictive substances, the negative behavior of the addict and the “stinking thinking” is still very much present.

A Holistic Approach To Addiction Treatment

The Importance Of Holistic Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment very much focuses on addressing making changes to the way that an addict thinks and behaves. This is done through individual counseling, group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, 12 step meetings, religious counseling and/or SMART recovery meetings, as well as holistic addiction treatment. It is through this process that will help the addict achieve long term sobriety.

An addict needs to focus on the physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of recovery from addiction and not just one aspect. Taking a holistic approach to addiction treatment will give the addict a much better chance at long term recovery.

Here are some holistic addiction treatment methods that you can consider including in your recovery plan:

Massage for holistic addiction treatment

Massage

Massage therapy has incredible benefits and incorporating it into your treatment plan is highly recommended.

Being in active addiction is stressful and comes with many worries, feelings of guilt, anger and resentment. Deciding to go to rehab or joining a recovery group is scary and comes with a whole new set of concerns for an addict. Being in early recovery and working through your past and problems can be traumatic in itself.

Massage can help to relieve emotional stress and tension that has built up.

Detox is physically traumatic as well as emotional. Massage increases dopamine and serotonin (the feel good hormones) as well as improving circulation and removes metabolic waste from your system. This will not only help your body to detox faster but also to make the process of detox less painful and stressful.

Massage can also improve sleep which is something many addicts struggle with.

Touch may have invoke negative feelings for addicts. Including massage therapy can help to make touch have a positive association.Very often addicts may have a very emotional reaction to massage therapy which is perfectly normal.

Yoga addiction treatment holistic

Yoga

Yoga is more than just a form of exercise, it is a mindful process that teaches you how to connect your mind, body and breath. It is about self-awareness and focusing inward.

The benefits of yoga for addiction treatment include:

  • improved sleep
  • increase in energy levels
  • stress relief
  • increase in self-awareness and self-reflection
  • improved self-image and self-confidence
  • pain relief
  • reduced fatigue
  • increased physical strength and stamina
  • emotional healing

Yoga provides a healthier coping mechanism for addicts which can help to prevent relapse, reduce symptoms of withdrawals and cravings.

Meditation

Meditation can be done in many different ways such as alone or in a group, in silence or with music, your own meditation or a guided meditation.

Meditation has physical, mental and spiritual benefits which makes it an incredible tool for addiction treatment.

Physical benefits include decreased tension related pain,  lowered blood pressure, increased serotonin and increased energy levels.

Mental benefits include increased calmness, decreased stress and anxiety and improved emotional stability.

Spiritual benefits include increased creativity, open-mindedness and happiness.

Meditation will help you to create that feeling of oneness, of being in touch with your mind and your body.

Acupuncture holistic addiction treatment

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It works on the belief that there are lines of energy running through the body which are called meridians. When there is any pain, discomfort or disease it is believe that these meridians are blocked. Acupuncture uses needles to remove the blockages and free the flow of energy.

The benefits of acupuncture for recovery are:

  • improved sleep
  • reduce in cravings
  • lessened withdrawals
  • decrease in anxiety
  • pain reduction
  • modulated emotions

Reiki holistic addiction treatment

Reiki

Reiki is a Japanese practice used for relaxation and stress relief. It is based on the belief that life energy flows through the body. If your life energy is low then you are more likely to get to get ill or feel stress. If your life energy is high you are more likely to happy, healthy and in harmony. Reiki practitioners make use of palm healing to transfer energy through their hands to benefit their patient.

Nutritional therapy for addiction treatmnt

Nutritional Therapy

The importance of good nutrition during the recovery process cannot be emphasized enough. Addicts make poor eating choices during active addiction and need to focus on eating properly when in treatment and in recovery.

Eating the right foods can make the detox and withdrawal process a little bit easier. Getting in the proper nutrition can also help your body to recover and repair itself after the use of drugs.

Part of recovery is learning healthy living habits and eating properly needs to be high on this list of healthy habits.

Getting in the right vitamins and minerals will have a positive impact on your mental well-being. Good nutrition means stable blood sugar, which in turn will help to keep your moods stable.




These are just some of the types of holistic treatments available for addiction treatment. They key to holistic treatments is that they aim to treat the person as a whole, not just one single element of the symptoms. The same should be said of an addiction treatment plan, just treating the behavioral aspect of addiction is often not going to be adequate.

The best possible approach is to team up holistic treatments with traditional addiction treatment.

The goal is to treat all the underlying issues that an addict is faced with, which will result in changed behaviors, improved physical and emotional health, as well as a spiritual awakening.

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Does Tramadol Get You High?

Tramadol is a prescription drug; it is not banned unlike Cocaine, ecstasy, and other drugs in that category. However, it is an opiate just like heroin, codeine, methadone or morphine which means it can acts on opioid receptors in the brain to help the user relieve pain and also increases serotonin levels which will lead to a feeling of euphoria and pleasure.




This drug is a synthetic opioid analgesic which means it is used as a painkiller to manage different levels of pains such as arthritis or pain experienced after surgery. Your doctor may prescribe Tramadol for you if you are experiencing serious pain. Taking this drug in a moderate amount will help you to experience longer lasting pain relief without the need to ingest more pain-relieving medications.

Tramadol drug is categorized as a schedule IV substance. Taking tramadol in the amount prescribed by your doctor will likely lead to no side effects or addictions. However, there have been cases of many people who overdose on this drug and some suffering from the side effects of tramadol. Overall, the side effects of tramadol is not as serious as that of heroin or morphine

Does Tramadol Get You High

Can I get High on Tramadol?

Yes, you can get high on tramadol. However, unlike cocaine or ecstasy, it carries a lower risk of addiction since it has mild euphoric effects and in some cases, it is imperceptible.

It is also very possible to get addicted to tramadol. However, the risk of getting addicted to tramadol is lower than other opioids. A research showed that some patients who take this drug for a long time may develop a tolerance which leads to patterns of abuse. The drug can as well trigger addiction in the people with no history of drug addiction.

The effect of tramadol will vary among different users. You can get high depending on how much you went over the safe limit. Some people who take tramadol may never experience a euphoric sensation or become high.

You are more likely to become high by taking tramadol when you are not suffering from pain. Some users prefer to take 50mg, while there are others who prefer to take 100mg or 200mg. You can as well become high by taking tramadol for its medicinal purposes.

What Are the Desired Effect of Tramadol?

The main objective of tramadol is to kill pain for a longer period of time. However, most users abuse this drug to feel good. It shares the same effects with heroin and morphine but much weaker.

Some of the desired effects from abusing tramadol include:

  • Euphoric feeling
  • Lack of pain
  • Elated mood
  • Anxiety reduction
  • Feelings of warmth
  • Feelings of well-being
  • Better sexual performance
  • A state of relaxation




What Are the Side Effects of Tramadol?

The problem is that most people take tramadol for recreational uses as a result of their addiction which usually leads to a host of side effects. On the other hand, one may suffer from these side effects as a result of the irresponsible or careless use of this drug.

Some of these side effects include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Tremulousness
  • Sweating

In some cases, abuse of tramadol can lead to serious side effects such as:

  • Agitation
  • Fever
  • Hallucinations
  • Hives and blisters
  • Lack of coordination
  • Rapid heartbeat

What Are the Long-Term Effect of Tramadol?

In most cases, doctors won’t agree to prescribe tramadol for a long term use because of its side effect. Using tramadol for a very long time can lead to a lot of undesirable consequences. Some of these consequences include:

  • Tolerance

Too much intake of tramadol can lead to high level of tolerance. This means the user will need a higher amount of the drug to feel the effect.

  • Physical Dependence

When taken for a long time, the body will now depend on the drug to function properly. In most cases, the user will become sick if he stops taking the drug.

  • Cognitive Decline

Just like other opioids in this category, taking tramadol for a long time will affect the way you reason. Your brain function will be impaired and you may find it more difficult to understand some easy task.

Seeking Help

Are you or your loved one addicted to tramadol? There is no need to feel shame and avoid seeking treatment. The only way out is by talking to a professional who understands how you can safely withdraw from using the drug. Speak to an expert concerning your tramadol abuse and request for treatment before the problem gets worse.

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The Science Behind How Opioids Affect the Human Brain

Did you know that in 2015 more than 52,000 Americans died of drug overdoses? Approximately 33,000 of these were from opioids, according to the CDC. This includes prescription painkillers and heroin.

But while almost everyone has heard about opioids, not many know how they affect the human brain.

And of this reason, we’re shedding some insight on how they affect the brain, and how their abuse became pandemic.

Read on!

how opioids affect the human brain

Some Basic Facts About Opioids

When you get a headache, you probably reach for an aspirin or ibuprofen. These belong to a class of drugs known as NSAIDs or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Opioids are also a class of medicines that relieve pain. Some examples include morphine and codeine. Heroin has no acceptable medical use in the United states and is roughly 2 to 3 times more potent than morphine.

Humans make natural opiate-like molecules, which attach to special receptors in the brain. These molecules send signals that block pain, slow breathing, and calm the body down, especially during times of stress.

But, in cases of extreme pain or severe depression, natural opioids aren’t as effective. This is why many turn to synthetic opioid drugs. Taking opioids reduces the perception of pain by overwhelming the brain’s reward system with dopamine.

The Science Behind Opioid Addiction

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter present in brain regions that regulate movement, emotion, motivation, and the feeling of pleasure.

Taking opioids increases the amount of dopamine in the brain’s limbic reward system. This dopamine overload produces euphoric effects. People who abuse drugs seek to recreate this rush again and again.

This is how our brain works. Life-sustaining activities become associated with pleasure or reward. Whenever you get a jolt of pleasure while eating or exercising, this is why.

Opioids activate the same reward circuit. A brain on opioids notes that this action is pleasurable and should, thus, be repeated.

Opioid Withdrawal

Withdrawal is one of the reasons why one can’t just go cold turkey on opioids. Repeated use and increasing dosages of opioids alter the brain so much. Without them, neurons will release excessive amounts of noradrenaline (NA).

NA is also a neurotransmitter produced in the brain and peripheral nervous system. Arousal and regulation of blood pressure, as well as sleep and mood, are due to NA.

Excess NA will trigger withdrawal symptoms including jitters, anxiety, muscle cramps, and diarrhea.

Helping Opioid Addicts

Naloxone is a popular treatment for overdose. It works by pushing opiates off brain receptors for 20 to 90 minutes. That is plenty of time for the victim to regain consciousness.

There are also drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine. These make it easier for addicts to avoid the physical symptoms of withdrawal.

Medical interventions are just one part of the solution. Prescott House Addiction Treatment Program, for example, follows the principle that recovery is a process involving the mind, body, and spirit.

Medications must be used together with appropriate psychosocial treatments to be effective. Not all addicts are the same. One’s treatment plan should be based on an individual’s unique situation.

When it comes to recovery, there is really no singular path that everyone must follow.

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