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Opiates are narcotic substances derived from opium. Examples include heroin, morphine and oxycodone.

When you take opiates on a regular basis, changes take place in your body and nervous system so you need to keep taking those opiates just to feel normal and cope with life. Or worse still, you may find yourself taking opiates to avoid feeling pain. What’s more, your body keeps on changing, adapting its own responses so that more and more drugs are needed just to get through the day. It’s little wonder that people who are addicted to opiates often say that they feel “out of control” and that opiates have taken over their lives. Treatment offers a way of trying to get some control back over your body – and your life – and begin the journey to undoing some of those physical changes

Gambling Addictions

UCT manages the National Responsible Gambling Network's clinical aspects, incl advice and counselling and sometimes rehab for problem gamblers.

Click here to visit the responsible gambling website or call 0800 006 008 The service is free and may involve family when necessary. It is probably best if patients contact them directly, they also do telephonic counselling and would be able to direct individuals to a qualified doctor and psychologists in a specific area.

Drug-drug interactions in opioid therapy

What are drug−drug interactions?

Drug−drug interactions are a significant source of morbidity and mortality. Most of these deaths are related to interactions between opioid medications and other drugs.

New website and mobile apps

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Starting Substance Abuse Treatment

Many people have faced codeine dependence. They have been treated and are continuing to manage this chronic medical condition. It’s important to know that they started where you are now – learning how Substance Abuse Treatment could help and by answering a few simple questions using the Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST). The DAST is a screening tool used by many healthcare professionals (HCP) to help recognisze if you have any of the signs and symptoms of codeine dependence. With the results of your DAST you can begin a conversation with your healthcare professional (HCP) and together, decide on your next steps
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