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How to Watch for Signs of Trauma in a Co...

How to Watch for Signs of Trauma in a Combat Veteran
Some people cannot hide their sadness or shock following a traumatic event, but other people may not show such obvious signs of trauma. The signs of trauma are shockingly high for combat veterans who are returning home, and the symptoms can cause major problems if left untreated. Everyone reacts differently following traumatic experiences, so look for changes in behavior to know when...

The Addictive Effects of Benzodiazepines

The Addictive Effects of Benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines are commonly abused partially due to the toxic effects they produce along with their widespread availability. These medications can either be intentionally or accidentally taken in overdose and can be chronically abused. Although death and serious illnesses are a result from benzodiazepine abuse alone, many abusers combine this medication with other drugs, such as other...

Addiction to a Behavior as a Sign of Sub...

Addiction to a Behavior as a Sign of Substance Abuse
Addiction comes in many forms. A person can become addicted to a substance such as alcohol or to a behavior such as eating, gambling or sex. The concept of addiction is hard to define and until recently behavioral addictions were not listed as an official mental disorder. It has become obvious, though, that anything that causes stimulation can lead to an addiction. Behavioral addictions...

Five Dangerous Symptoms of Opium Overdos...

Five Dangerous Symptoms of Opium Overdose
People may overdose on opium for any of the following reasons: Inconsistent dosages – Opium is a product of a plant, so it does not come in standard sizes. As ScienceBlogs explains, “[it] is an alcoholic tincture of the pod latex and is comprised of approximately 10% morphine, 0.5% codeine, and other lesser naturally-occurring opioids” (“University of Colorado Student Dies of...

Differences Between Side Effects of Opiu...

Differences Between Side Effects of Opium and Addiction Symptoms
Knowing what to expect when you take a drug is one of the first steps in preventing or identifying addiction. Separating early signs of tolerance and dependence from typical side effects of opiates allows you to take action and talk to your doctor if these unwanted symptoms appear. The American Public Health Association[1] states, “Primary drug abuse prevention efforts that aim to...

Unexpected Side Effects of Opium Use

Unexpected Side Effects of Opium Use
Opium always has been a dangerously addictive drug. This narcotic is created through distilling the liquid of the poppy plant, and it can cause significant side effects that can be temporary, permanent and/or deadly. When abused, opium produces euphoric effects, such as a sense of calmness and relief from pain. However, opium can also produce more dangerous effects. Unexpected Side...

Five Signs that Someone Is Experimenting...

Five Signs that Someone Is Experimenting with Opium
If you think a friend, family member, coworker, or other individual in your life is experimenting with opium or related opiate or opioid drugs, there are indicators that can verify your suspicions. Withdrawal Symptoms That Indicate Opium Use Withdrawal symptoms are often associated with detox and long periods of abstinence, but some symptoms begin to appear between doses, especially if...

How Opium Affects Sleep

How Opium Affects Sleep
Opium is the raw tar found in opium poppy plants and the active ingredient in all opiates. It is commonly used in prescription painkillers or synthesized into heroin, but people can also consume opium directly in the following ways: Include the opium tar in a marijuana joint Heat it on a spoon and inhale the fumes through a straw Inject it after dissolving the tar in a liquid The...

Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Opium

Drug Paraphernalia Associated with Opium
Admitting to yourself that a loved one is addicted to opium can be a difficult experience. You care about that person and want your suspicions to be proven wrong. As a loved one who spends time around the addict, you may be able to spot common signs and paraphernalia associated with this kind of addiction, which can help you know if your loved one needs treatment. Paraphernalia...

How to Know When an Opium User Needs Eme...

How to Know When an Opium User Needs Emergency Help
Opium is a dangerous drug that is still commonly used in many forms. The risk factors associated with opium can include addiction, overdose, serious health complications and death. Despite these risks, opium is still commonly used in its original form and as opiate derivative drugs like heroin and oxycodone. Opium can be smoked, snorted or swallowed, and some other forms of the drug can...

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