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      Although there are many different opiates and opioids (I shall abuse notation and lump them together under the single term opiates), all can lead to addiction and dependence. I shall discuss in this post the most common methods used to come off these drugs, and outline some specific detoxes. Let me add at this point that many of the drugs referred to are prescription only, and you are advised to see a doctor as with any drugs there are possible side-effects and dangers. If you proceed to follow any advice given it is imperative that you do you research. Harm reduction advice notwithstanding, there are many people who undergo successful home detoxes without medical intervention.


      1. Do you want to detox? Why do you want to detox? What should you expect?
      2. Other Options?
      3. Detox Methods.
      4. Ibogaine.
      5. Rapid/Ultra-Rapid Opiate Detox.
      6. More conventional opiate Detoxes for Home Use.
      7. Long taper from Opiates.
      8. Taper with a switch to buprenorphine.
      9. Fairly quick taper.
      10. Very rapid taper.
      11. Cold Turkey detox.
      12. Clonidine caveat.
      13. Why 5 days in the slow taper?
      14. Should I drink or smoke marijuana or take other drugs when I detox?
      15. Adjunct medications and supplements.

      Published on 09-03-2010 11:27 PM
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      Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known to man, and tobacco is the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world.

      However, if someone has come to the decision to try and quit, there are many kinds of assistance available. This article seeks to explore those ways and give a list of reliable helplines and products to aid in the quit process.

      Smoking is legal in almost all countries in the world, and available over the counter in the majority of outlets in every corner of the earth, which can add to the difficulty in quitting.


      1. Nicotine Facts.
      2. Smoking Cessation Products.
      3. Quitlines.

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      People who abuse prescription drugs often do so believing the pills are safe because they are prescribed by doctors and approved by the Food and Drug Administration, addiction experts say.

      In 2005, non-medical use of painkillers contributed to more than 8,500 deaths. Overdose deaths involving prescription pain relievers increased 114 percent from 2001 to 2005, the most recent year for which nationwide data is available, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

      Heath Ledger and Anna Nicole Smith, two celebrities whose deaths resulted from accidental overdoses, had each taken a lethal combination of prescription drugs -- painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping aids. The cause of Michael Jackson's death remains under investigation, pending the result of toxicology screening.

      Non-medical use of prescription drugs is most prevalent among young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
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      Alcoholism, or alcohol dependence is a medical term with a deliberately more precise meaning than the problems that can occur, sometimes as one-offs, through an uncharacteristic binge.

      In alcohol dependence a number of features come together in the behaviour of the person affected.

      • Drinking begins to take priority over other activities. It becomes a compulsion.
      • Tolerance develops, so it takes more alcohol to produce drunkenness.
      • Withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety and tremor develop after a short period without a drink, and are reduced by taking more alcohol.

      Often alcohol dependence remains undetected for years. Both the availability of alcohol and the way it is used (the social patterns) appear to be major factors in influencing the likelihood of a person becoming alcohol dependent.
      There may also be a genetic component, because alcohol dependence clusters in some families. However, itís hard to be sure that this is not because of learned behaviour.

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