Category Archives: DOT Substance Abuse Professional

Opiate Addiction

Commonly Abused Opiates

Opiates are often prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and include drugs such as Hydrocodone, Morphine, Fentanyl. An illegal substance, Heroin, is also included in this class. Becoming addicted to such drugs may start from a simple dentist visit, a sprained ankle, or minor surgery. Because of the intense high produced by the interaction of several opiates and the brain, the drugs remain extremely addictive, sometimes causing symptoms of addiction in under three days. Opiate addiction can affect your job performance, relationships, and have legal consequences.

Short-term effects can include:

  • Feelings of euphoria.
  • Pain relief.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Sedation.

Long-term effects can include:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Abdominal distention and bloating.
  • Skin abscess
  • Constipation.
  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage due to hypoxia, resulting from respiratory depression.
  • Tolerance.
  • Dependence.

The best-known side effect of opiates is addiction, and it’s surprisingly easy to become addicted without realizing it. Even codeine, a commonly prescribed painkiller, is addictive. Treatment options are available. A Pathway to Life Counseling offers outpatient and teletherapy for opiate addiction. Call 504-410-7008 to discuss your treatment options today!

Has America’s “Opioid Crisis” Invaded Your Home?

It’s almost impossible to turn on the television or scroll your favorite social media site without hearing about “America’s Opioid Crisis”. Opioids are a class of drug that can occur naturally or made by scientists in a lab. Opioids are often prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and include drugs such as Hydrocodone, Morphine, Fentanyl. An illegal substance, Heroin, is also included in this class (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Becoming addicted to such drugs may start from a simple dentist visit, a sprained ankle, or minor surgery. What happens when these drugs end up in your medicine cabinet? What happens when America’s crisis becomes personal? Addiction changes the dynamics of relationships. Trust, communication, finances, and child-rearing can all be affected. Home can start to feel like a battleground. However, addiction is a disease and help is available. If you, your spouse, or someone you love is struggling with opioid addiction there are several treatment options. Don’t wait another day. Your house can be a home again! Call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services at 504-410-7008 today.

Opioids

Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. 
All opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. Opioid pain relievers are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, but because they produce euphoria in addition to pain relief, they can be misused (taken in a different way or in a larger quantity than prescribed, or taken without a doctor’s prescription). Regular use—even as prescribed by a doctor—can lead to dependence and, when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to addiction, overdose incidents, and deaths. ( National Institute on Drug Abuse). You can get help today! Call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services at 504-410-7008.

Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)

The Substance Abuse Professional (DOT SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

As a Department of Transportation Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. Wework with employees in safety-sensitive positions for assessment, treatment, and aftercare to ensure the public’s safety and return individuals to work as soon as possible.

If you need an assessment, treatment, or follow-up, please contact us at 504-410-7008 or Jeny.Apathwaytolife@gmail.com. We look forward to working with you!