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The Differences Between Dilaudid And Morphine

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Dilaudid and Morphine are two drugs known for their pain relieving capabilities. However, there is a basic difference between the two and that difference lies in the source where they come from. Even though Morphine and Dilaudid both are very addictive drugs, the former comes directly from the poppy plants while the latter is a market name for hydromorphone.

Different Strengths

Hydromorphone is made by morphine synthesis and thus, is a variant of morphine itself. As per latest studies, Dilaudid is at least 3-4 times stronger than Morphine, but is used less commonly as a drug. During severe pain, usually Morphine is administered first to the patients. Both of these opioids are popular among drug addicts.

Dilaudid is more soluble in water than Morphine, which is why it is the preferred drug during many surgeries. Also, since it acts faster than Morphine, it is given when the patient requires a quick dosage.

Side Effects

Dilaudid and Morphine both can be highly addictive, as they are both derived from opiates. In fact, according to studies, Morphine can be at least as addictive as heroine and is definitely stronger than alcohol. But since Dilaudid is higher in strength than Morphine, it can be far more addictive when taken in the same doses. It is usually prescribed to persons who require a high level of Morphine.

Some reports link Morphine with mood swings, nausea, and cognitive distortion, while these symptoms in Dilaudid takers seem less likely. That being said, there can be no conclusive statement about their side effects, as the effects may differ from person to person. This is why different variants of these drugs are prescribed to different people.

Prescription

Dilaudid is available (only when prescribed) in the medical stores. It can be availed either as an IV or pill form. It is usually prescribed to those who have a dry, persistent painful cough. It is an alternative to Morphine and is also used as an anti-tussive, or cough suppressant.

However, it must be noted that taking either drug in high quantities may cause serious respiratory problems. Also, because of the highly addictive nature of these drugs it is advised to take them in low doses and only if prescribed.

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Get The Facts About Panic Attacks

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Panic attacks are emotionally debilitating incidents that can happen anywhere and at any time. Some are aware of the triggers but many never learn what causes them to experience this dreadful condition. They simply cope with it when it happens. The unpleasant feeling typically lasts for minutes at a time and then it subsides on its own. However, it can recur just as quickly, waves of panic in succession leaving a person exhausted and utterly distraught. The lack of any discernible cause compounds the problem. Patients are physically okay yet psychologically devastated and they don’t know how to get well.

The Effects of Panic Attacks

Individuals experiencing panic attacks can be so traumatized that they start developing fears that exacerbate the situation. Since the incidents can happen without warning, they are in constant state of dread about the next time it might appear. They worry that it might come up while they are out in public, possibly leading into some embarrassing situations. This thought may cause them to retreat inwardly. They will prefer to stay in places where they feel comfortable like their home and refuse to go out unless it was absolutely necessary. They may begin to withdraw from friends thinking that nobody understands them, not even themselves.

Treatment Options

Those who suffer from panic attacks are likely to feel like they are all alone in a fight against an invisible shadow. Yet the truth is that there are more than 4 million Americans suffering from different forms of panic attack. This represents a significant portion of the adult population. The numbers may even be a lot higher as this condition tends to be grossly under-reported.

The good news is that people don’t have to live this way all their life. There are a number of treatment options available and most of them can produce tangible results within a short time span. Cognitive/behavioral therapy is a particularly effective treatment for panic attacks and agoraphobia. It is often described as a how-to therapy as it focuses on the present moment and the ways to get rid of the anxiety.

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Mental Health Treatment At Avalon Malibu

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Mental health disorders range from anxiety to depression to obsessive compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders and personality disorders.  Mental health treatment is coming out of the shadows.  It is no longer taboo to admit you need help maintaining or improving your mental health.  Facilities like Avalon Malibu are offering care that treats patients with eating disorders, psychological problems, psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders.

Patients get respectful, kind and compassionate care as they are ushered through healing programs at their licensed facility.  Using the sanctuary model, Avalon Malibu’s highly trained staff treats psychiatric illnesses and Axis 1 patients with individualized care.  Using a combination of effective techniques each patient follows a customized plan uniquely beneficial to them.

Metal Health Treatment At Avalon Malibu

Mindfulness helps the patient focus on seeing life without any internal emotion-based narratives.  Instead of allowing negative assumptions to multiply, meditation is used to experience awareness and then intentional thought is used to guide one’s actions.  This meditation is used repeatedly to help patients begin to rely on this method to relieve stress and redirect unhealthy thinking which often aggravates their condition.

Treating The Problem

Mental illness is treated at Avalon Malibu in a systematic manner.  Instead of simply treating the symptoms, the actual causes are rooted out in order to treat the real problem.  Prescription drugs that don’t mask the true symptoms are used in moderation.  But the primary treatment focus is facing the problem and developing coping mechanisms to deal with everyday life given the patient’s life experience.  In fact, many of our patients come to us for help with one issue and end up forced to address long forgotten problems that were the actual reason for developing the original issue.

Overcoming A Mental Illness

Combining the compassionate and humane treatment of our patients and the sanctuary model of care, we successfully treat mental illness every day.  We understand helping patients understand how to initiate their own healing is the key to their success in life. We work to help our patients develop the tools to help themselves.  When they are empowered they have succeeded at their jobs here at Avalon Malibu.

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What Are Hallucinations? Hallucinations Explained

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We have all heard about hallucinations — seeing things that aren’t really there, hearing sounds, and feeling sensations — and how frightening they can be, but what exactly is a hallucination?

What Are Hallucinations?

Simply put, a hallucination is the brain or body reacting to or creating sights, sounds and sensations that are not actually present, only perceived. In some cases the brain makes up these hallucinations, while it is reeling from other effects, in order to cope with or make sense of what is happening. While visual hallucinations are the most commonly talked about, hallucinations can also be either auditory (Sound) or Sensations.

What Causes Hallucinations?

Hallucinations can be caused by nearly anything, including lack of sleep! Because hallucinations are just the brain trying to cope with something it does not understand, anything that confuses the brain can cause hallucinations. Lack of sleep is actually one of the biggest causes of hallucinations, and you may not even realize it is happening. Have you ever been so tired that your thoughts start racing and you start thinking of strange things? Those are technically “mind’s-eye” hallucinations, which can be likened to dreaming. The effects are usually quite mild with sleep deprivation except in the cases of extreme sleep deprivation where the hallucinations start to take on a psychotic level.

Drugs and Hallucinations

We have already established that hallucinations are actually quite normal and can be caused by something as simple as a fever, migraine, or sleeplessness. Hallucinations can also be brought on by drugs and alcohol (Which often brings on more severe hallucinations). While adverse reactions to some drugs may cause hallucinations in a small group of those taking it, there are also drugs that have the main effect of causing hallucinations: Hallucinogens.

Hallucinogens

Hallucinogens are drugs that — as their main effect — cause hallucinations. With these drugs, we will see the most intense of hallucinations. While minor hallucinatinos might be as simple as thinking you saw something out of the corner of your eye, Hallucinogens bring on much stronger effects, leaving the sufferer unable to see straight lines. In this state, everything moves around like it is molten or melting, unable to understand this, the mind begins to fill in the blanks with images that it can better understand (i.e. pink elephants, dancing bears, strange monsters). The higher the dosage of these Hallucinogens, the more intense the hallucinations become. If a high enough dose is taken, the user enters an almost trance-like state, where it seems as though they are almost unconscious. The user is not unconscious, but is having mind’s-eye hallucinations. Again, mind’s-eye hallucinations are almost like dreaming, so the hallucinations seem VERY VERY real! Most often when drug users talk about going on a “journey in their mind,” this is what they are talking about.

What Drugs Cause Hallucinations?

  • LSD (Acid) — One of the strongest Hallucinogens in existence, this drug tends to cause the strongest visual hallucinations, and its effects can lest for 12 – 20 hours.
  • Mescaline — Again, a very strong hallucinogen, likened to LSD, though is found in nature and not only in a lab. Causes strong hallucinations and the effects last for 6 – 10 hours.
  • DMT — Another very strong hallucinogen, this drug tends to be more of a mind’s-eye hallucinogenic and has been used in the Amazon rainforest for hundreds of years by locals to take them on a “Spiritual Journey.” While it is said that this is possibly one of the strongest hallucinogens on earth, not enough studies have been done to confirm or deny this.
  • Psilocybin (Magic Mushrooms) — A naturally occurring hallucinogen, P. Cubensis mushrooms produce this hallucinogen, and is often considered a milder form of LSD. Though the effects are much less intense that LSD, one mushroom might have a much stronger level of the drug than the next. This means that judging how intense the “trip” will be is next to impossible and many fall into the “mind’s-eye” hallucinations all of the sudden and without warning.
  • Marijuana — Though not often considered a hallucinogen, it truly IS. For someone who has a low tolerance for marijuana, hallucinations are a real danger. Though mild, these hallucinations include the following marijuana effects that are not often looked at as hallucinations:
    • Munchies (Hallucination of a strong Hunger)
    • “Cartoon Vision” (Shading is harder to identify for the brain when it is high, so it makes everything look more flat, like a cartoon)
    • Auditory Hallucinations (Ringing in the ears, feeling music or sounds, etc.)
    • Paranoia (This paranoia can often lead the brain into thinking people or things are there, when there really isn’t)
    • Funny, Strange, or Odd Thoughts (This is a very baseline level mind’s-eye hallucination, where you are not vacant, are still aware, but those mind’s-eye hallucinations are subtly at the back of your head)
  • Alcohol — In high doses, during benders, and especially during withdrawals alcohol can cause very strong visual hallucinations as well as psychotic episodes.
  • Caffeine —  The hallucinations associated with caffeine are usually only seen in extremely high doses, but mild hallucinations are quite common with even a single cup of coffee. Some might get the sensation of their skin vibrating or a tingling in certain places, this is a form of hallucination.

That basically sums up how hallucinations occur. After all that information, you should begin to see that hallucinations are actually quite common, and you have probably had one or too before, and not quite realized that it was a hallucination. Even though hallucinations can be natural, taking drugs or abusing alcohol or substances should not be done in order to bring on hallucinations. If you have experienced any of the above hallucinations occurring naturally, you should check with your doctor immediately.