Most Frequent questions and answers about alcohol, opioid and other substances use disorders.
Yes. Although many people seeking a residential treatment plan to help overcome their addictions use their vacation and sick days, some people don’t have that option. Others choose to keep working to maintain the one piece of normality they have in their lives, or are afraid of losing their jobs if they seek help. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects individuals in recovery programs. This means your employer can’t fire you if you decided to attend rehab. Rehab centers also offer outpatient programs which allow you to continue to work while receiving treatment. Talk to your doctor to find the right style of rehab for you.
No. Cocaine is not an opioid. However, cocaine is often mixed with synthetic opiates. It is a highly addictive substance.
Yes. Codeine is an opioid and is found in some painkillers prescribed by doctors. Although less potent than other opioids, it is highly addictive and when taken in large doses can lead to overdoes and death.
No. Xanax is a benzodiazepine medication, a central nervous system suppressant which induces sleep, relieves anxiety, helps with muscle spasms, and prevents seizures. Although it is not an opioid, Xanax is an addictive medication.
Yes. Heroin is one of the most addictive opioids. More than 14,000 people died from a heroin overdose in the US in 2019.
Yes. Alcohol triggers a release of dopamine and endorphins which makes us feel content and less sensitive to pain.
Alcohol stimulates the release of chemicals in the brain which produce feelings of pleasure and happiness. People who drink alcohol also report feeling more relaxed and braver due to their lowered inhibitions. Alcohol overloads the pleasure centers of the brain and users often seek to repeat those experiences.
Yes. The effects of opiate withdrawal include fever, sweating, dysphoria, insomnia, vomiting and diarrhea. Persistent vomiting and diarrhea, if left untreated, can lead to dehydration and elevated levels of sodium which result in heart failure. If you’re going through these symptoms, seek medical help immediately. Deaths from opiate withdrawal are preventable.
Yes. It is possible to have an allergic reaction to Naltrexone (Vivitrol). If you experience itching, swelling of the face, tongue, or throat, develop a rash, or are experiencing trouble breathing or chest pain, call your doctor immediately.
The naloxone challenge test is performed to assess the physical dependence of people seeking treatment for their opioid addiction. It is used to see if a patient will experience withdrawal symptoms.
#NaloxoneChallenge is a social movement aimed at destigmatizing seeking help for drug addiction. Participants are asked to go to their local pharmacy, request naloxone from the pharmacist, and then reflect on how they feel following the experience. The aim is convince lawmakers and regulators to make Naloxone readily available over the counter for anyone who needs it.
Suboxone is a semisynthetic opioid used to treat addiction to other opioids, such as heroin and hydrocodone. It prevents the painful withdrawal symptoms caused by opioid addiction. It is one of the formulations of buprenorphine and naloxone. It has been a go-to drug to treat opioid addiction for a long time.
Suboxone blocks opiates for 24-72 hours. It takes 15-30 minutes for the body to begin to feel its effects
Suboxone blocks the effects of opioids. Opioids like heroin and morphine are known as “opioid agonists.” These “opioid agonists” block the pain receptors in your brain, altering perceptions of pain and releasing endorphins which mimic feelings of pleasure. Suboxone is a “opioid antagonist.” It negates the effects of opioids in your system by preventing them from activating the pain receptors in your brain. It helps to manage cravings for opioids and reduces symptoms of withdrawal.
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