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Stay-at-Home Opiate Detox

Kick Opiate Addiction at Home

Jul 9, 2009 Jennifer Marsh

Heroin - Laridant - Wiki Commons
Heroin – Laridant – Wiki Commons

Detox is required for anyone who wants to stop using opiates. Opiate addiction slowly requires more use of the drug to where it costs too much money and sacrifices. Contrary to common media propaganda, opiate addiction does not completely destroy the abuser’s ability to realize that it’s time to quit. Opiate detox is offered by many out-patient facilities, but the cost is high, and it requires several days off from work. The idea of explaining to management that time off is needed to deal with opiate addiction is unacceptable for most employees.

Initial Opiate Detox

The first couple of days are the easiest but be aware that opiate detox is a difficult task to do alone. As the drug begins to exit the system, the opiate withdrawals set the stage for the next week. Detox involves complete cessation from opiate addiction, so the body starts to crave the drug. Irritability, insomnia, and diarrhea make opiate withdrawal symptoms unbearable for the first few days. There are several ways to deal with the opiate withdrawal symptoms. The one ray of hope for opiate addiction is that the major physical withdrawal symptoms begin to subside after approximately a week to two weeks.

Opiate Detox Help for Diarrhea

Diarrhea symptoms last almost the entire week. Immodium AD (loperamide) is an over-the-counter remedy that helps patients through the opiate withdrawals. Although this medication helps with diarrhea, too much can cause constipation. Additionally, loperamide is an opiate, so it has a small effect on the central nervous system, although there are arguments in the drug user community as to its efficiency to cross the blood-brain barrier.

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Treatment for the Insomnia

Cessation from opiate addiction and use brings extreme insomnia. The diarrhea symptoms play a large role in the patient’s inability to sleep, but night sweats, irritability, and depression cause insomnia. Several herbal remedies are available to help patients sleep. Valerian root or kava root are available from a local vitamin store in pill form or in tea bags for hot tea. These help the patient sleep and even increase mood and lower anxiety. Antihistamine medications like Benedryl that are over-the-counter have a drowsiness side effect that is also helpful.

Opiate Detox and Muscle Pain

Aches and pains throughout the entire body tempt the opiate addiction to return. Under no circumstances should any narcotics be used to treat the aches. Over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and naproxen are available. These are recommended to help alleviate some of the muscle aches that last for the duration of the opiate detox.

Opiate Addiction and Depression

Depression is an opiate withdrawal that lasts for weeks or even months depending on the patient. Care should be taken to deal with the depression especially during the first month. Exercise, diet, fresh air and sunshine are the best way to keep the body healthy and active. It also helps to forget the temptation and keep the mind off of the depression. Supplements like 5-HTP increase serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for mood. Vitamin B6 is also a precursor to epinephrine, serotonin, and norepinephrine which are the neurotransmitters that improve mood and help patients kick the depression from opiate withdrawals.

Finally, the encouragement to stay clean and kick the opiate addiction means a lifestyle change. While these tips will get the patient through the withdrawals, the temptation and cravings remain. Some opiate addicts claim the cravings never go away. For some people, staying away from certain friends is essential for recovery. Keep one’s health in mind and focus on oneself throughout the process. Opiate detox is a difficult task, but it can be done with determination and a little help from the remedies listed.


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Lee Russell Bisher Jr. died Aug. 13, 2003 at home. He was 44

Lee Bisher Jr.
CLINTON TWP. – Lee Russell Bisher Jr. died Aug. 13, 2003 at home. He was 44. The cause of death remains under investigation because it was an unattended death. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Lee Russell Bisher and Dorothea Katherine Elizabeth Michell Bisher. He resided in Clinton Township for the past five years, having previously lived in California, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Raritan Township. He was a home improvement specialist with CJ Construction in Hunterdon and previously worked as a cabinet maker. He formerly owned and operated a saw mill in Bethlehem Township. He was also a licensed professional diver and dive instructor and ship’s captain. In addition to his mother, of Raritan Township, he is survived by two sisters, Helen Dorothy Bisher and Margaret Bisher, both of Raritan Township. Funeral services were held yesterday at Calvary Episcopal Church in Flemington. Burial was in Fountain Grove Cemetery in Glen Gardner under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home in Flemington. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hunterdon County SPCA, 576 Stamets Rd., Milford, 08848.

Smarter Than You Think

War Machines: Recruiting Robots for Combat

David Walter Banks for The New York Times

An armed robot, called Maars, maneuvering at a training site at Fort Benning, Ga.

Published: November 27, 2010

FORT BENNING, Ga. — War would be a lot safer, the Army says, if only more of it were fought by robots.

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REMOTELY CONTROLLED Some armed robots are operated with video-game-style consoles, helping to keep humans away from danger.

And while smart machines are already very much a part of modern warfare, the Army and its contractors are eager to add more. New robots — none of them particularly human-looking — are being designed to handle a broader range of tasks, from picking off snipers to serving as indefatigable night sentries.

In a mock city here used by Army Rangers for urban combat training, a 15-inch robot with a video camera scuttles around a bomb factory on a spying mission. Overhead an almost silent drone aircraft with a four-foot wingspan transmits images of the buildings below. Onto the scene rolls a sinister-looking vehicle on tank treads, about the size of a riding lawn mower, equipped with a machine gun and a grenade launcher.

Three backpack-clad technicians, standing out of the line of fire, operate the three robots with wireless video-game-style controllers. One swivels the video camera on the armed robot until it spots a sniper on a rooftop. The machine gun pirouettes, points and fires in two rapid bursts. Had the bullets been real, the target would have been destroyed.

The machines, viewed at a “Robotics Rodeo” last month at the Army’s training school here, not only protect soldiers, but also are never distracted, using an unblinking digital eye, or “persistent stare,” that automatically detects even the smallest motion. Nor do they ever panic under fire.

“One of the great arguments for armed robots is they can fire second,” said Joseph W. Dyer, a former vice admiral and the chief operating officer of iRobot, which makes robots that clear explosives as well as the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. When a robot looks around a battlefield, he said, the remote technician who is seeing through its eyes can take time to assess a scene without firing in haste at an innocent person.

Yet the idea that robots on wheels or legs, with sensors and guns, might someday replace or supplement human soldiers is still a source of extreme controversy. Because robots can stage attacks with little immediate risk to the people who operate them, opponents say that robot warriors lower the barriers to warfare, potentially making nations more trigger-happy and leading to a new technological arms race.

“Wars will be started very easily and with minimal costs” as automation increases, predicted Wendell Wallach, a scholar at the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and chairman of its technology and ethics study group.

Civilians will be at greater risk, people in Mr. Wallach’s camp argue, because of the challenges in distinguishing between fighters and innocent bystanders. That job is maddeningly difficult for human beings on the ground. It only becomes more difficult when a device is remotely operated.

This problem has already arisen with Predator aircraft, which find their targets with the aid of soldiers on the ground but are operated from the United States. Because civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan have died as a result of collateral damage or mistaken identities, Predators have generated international opposition and prompted accusations of war crimes.

But robot combatants are supported by a range of military strategists, officers and weapons designers — and even some human rights advocates.

“A lot of people fear artificial intelligence,” said John Arquilla, executive director of the Information Operations Center at the Naval Postgraduate School. “I will stand my artificial intelligence against your human any day of the week and tell you that my A.I. will pay more attention to the rules of engagement and create fewer ethical lapses than a human force.”

Dr. Arquilla argues that weapons systems controlled by software will not act out of anger and malice and, in certain cases, can already make better decisions on the battlefield than humans.

His faith in machines is already being tested.

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Ex-House Leader DeLay Found Guilty in Texas Case

Ex-House Leader DeLay Found Guilty in Texas Case


AUSTIN, Tex. — Tom DeLay, one of the most powerful and divisive Republican lawmakers ever to come out of Texas, was convicted Wednesday of money-laundering charges in a state trial, five years after his indictment here forced him to resign as majority leader in the House of Representatives.

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Tom DeLay.

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Tom DeLay outside the courthouse with his wife, Christine, left, and daughter, Danielle Garcia.

After 19 hours of deliberation, a jury of six men and six women decided that Mr. DeLay was guilty of conspiring with two associates in 2002 to circumvent a state law against corporate contributions to political campaigns. He was convicted of one charge of money laundering and one charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

As the verdict was read, Mr. DeLay, 63, sat stone-faced at the defense table. Then he rose, turned, smiled and hugged his wife and then his weeping daughter in the first row of spectators. He faces between 5 and 99 years in prison, though the judge may choose probation.

A few minutes later, Mr. DeLay said outside the courtroom that he would appeal the decision. He called the prosecution a political vendetta by Democrats in the local district attorney’s office, and revenge for his role in orchestrating the 2003 redrawing of Congressional districts to elect more Republicans.