What Do You Mean I’m Positive For Fentanyl?
Steve Carleton, LCSW, CAS, is the Executive Clinical Director at Gallus Medical Detox Centers and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Gallus clients’ stories usually start the same way, “I started using pain killers after an injury” — insert traumatic event. Before they knew it, their doctor stopped […]
What is Polysubstance Use?
Polysubstance use is taking two or more drugs simultaneously or within a short period. Combined drug use may include prescription drugs, illegal drugs, or alcohol. Dangers of polysubstance use include an increased chance of falls, risky behavior, physical or mental harm, or overdose, all of which may result in death. The Centers for Disease Control […]
How Detox Can Help You Stop Taking Suboxone
Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat opioid dependence.1 The drug, which is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone, helps reduce uncomfortable side effects of opioid withdrawal, including cravings. Because Suboxone is a combination of two medications to treat opioid use disorder, it is known as a MOUD, or medication for opioid use disorder. […]
Why Does the Fear of Withdrawal Stop People From Seeking Treatment?
Millions of people worldwide misuse drugs, alcohol, or both, often suffering personal, professional, financial, and sometimes deadly consequences. In 2017, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported almost nineteen million American adults struggled with a substance use disorder, yet only about twelve percent received treatment1. The study also found over eight million […]
Why is Fentanyl Use So Widespread?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid prescribed by doctors to treat severe chronic, post-surgical and cancer-related pain.1 Experts warn fentanyl is twice as potent as heroin and up to 100 times more potent than morphine. If used as prescribed, the drug is effective, but if misused or purchased illegally, fentanyl can be deadly. The Food and […]
What is Fentanyl-Based Opioid Use Disorder?
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid about 50 times more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. While doctors can legally prescribe fentanyl to treat severe pain, prescription drugs are often diverted for recreational use. In some cases, fentanyl is made illegally and sold on the streets. Opioid use disorder (OUD) is […]
Euphoria: A Look at the Madness of Opioid Withdrawal
This past Sunday, Zendaya gave a masterful performance on the hit HBO show Euphoria. While fictional, it gave viewers a real look at the devastating realities of the opiate epidemic. Particularly impactful was the ability for all to see what our patients and their families are confronted with daily. To summarize, Rue, an adolescent girl […]
Is Marijuana Physically or Psychologically Addictive?
Marijuana prescribed for medical purposes is now legal in more than half of U.S. states. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have also legalized the possession and use of marijuana recreationally. But legalization does not mean the use of marijuana is without risk. Health experts warn that marijuana can cause severe physical and psychological […]
What Does Cocaine Do to the Body?
Cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs on the illegal drug market. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that over a million people in the U.S. are addicted to cocaine. Experts warn it is possible to develop a cocaine addiction after the first use. Classified as a stimulant because it speeds up […]