Opioids Glossary

Abstinence: The act of self-restraint when it comes to avoiding opioids. Abstinence Syndrome: The set of withdrawal symptoms that develops when use of opioids is stopped. Affinity: In this context, the word refers to the strength of the interaction between a receptor and a ligand, a molecule that binds to a receptor to form a […]

Chronic Pain Management

Pain is an unfortunate part of the human experience. It affects millions of people worldwide and can be acute in nature or long-term and chronic. For some, relief is elusive. However, others find temporary respite and some people are able to find effective methods of pain management that work for them. Pain is often indicative […]

Improving daily

March 6, 2003 To Clare W. Kavin and Staff: Three weeks ago today, I was in the ICU, about to undergo “rapid detox” with Dr. Clifford Bernstein. I left for home a mere 24 hours later, weak, wobbly and totally opiate-free. Wow! My story fits into the classic – one minute I was sitting at […]

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What Is Kratom?

Kratom is a tropical tree in the same family as the coffee tree; its botanical name is Mitraguna speriosa. This drug is a newcomer to the US but has been used for centuries in its native Southeast Asia. It is also related to Psychotria Viridis, the Amazonian shrub used as a source of dimethyltryptamine (DMT) […]

FDA Issues Draft Guidance Regarding Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

Prescription painkiller abuse is a problem that’s rapidly escalated in recent years, overwhelming law enforcement agencies and treatment centers across the country. Attempts in the past by manufacturers to make formulations abuse proof have failed and one federal agency would like to see that change. The U.S. Food And Drug Administration has issued a draft […]

Hazards Lurking In Your Medicine Cabinet

  When medicines in the home are not secured properly, they are a risk to everyone. Overdose from accidental poisoning is possible in the case of many medications, including opiates. Medicine cabinets across the nation are filled with half full bottles of pills that could potentially harm children or pets. Worse, people using prescription meds […]

Misconceptions About Rapid Detox

Professional detox is an invaluable component of successful opiate treatment. This process can be lengthy and intense with the possibility of painful withdrawal symptoms. People fear this so much that many hold off getting treatment. But there are plenty of treatments that can minimize or eliminate a painful withdrawal, such as rapid opiate detox. But […]