Opioids are a type of synthetic or natural drug which is taken from the poppy plant, or designed chemically in a lab. Opioids include drugs which are legal as well as illegal, and examples of legal opioids include morphine, oxycodone and codeine. One of the most well-known illegal opioids is heroin. Opiate narcotics will typically be used as a pain reliever. They achieve this by connecting to receptors in the brain, mimicking certain chemicals which are associated with sensations such as pleasure or pain. Legal opioids work well when they are taken as prescribed, but using illegal opioids or misusing those which are prescribed by doctors can be debilitating and even fatal.
Opiate narcotics have a tendency to be abused because they are highly effective in relieving pain, and they also provide positive psychological experiences, at least initially. When opioids are abused or illegal versions are taken, they often provide a potency which is much higher than usual. Opioids can be smoked, injected into the veins after being mixed with water, or snorted. Even when opioids are used as directed, patients still have an increased chance of becoming addicted to them, and this dependency can occur in as little as two days.
Warning Signs of Opiate Addiction
There are a number of warning signs which indicate someone may be addicted to opiate narcotics. If the user is increasing the dosage, or using it longer than directed, this should be a serious cause for concern. Addicts will often abandon important responsibilities in favor of using the drug or seeking it, and when under the influence of this substance they may appear extremely alert or have enhanced sensitivity. Other warning signs to look for include
- Severe anxiety
- Depression or irritability
- Euphoria and psychosis
- Reduced motivation
- Faster heart rate
- Higher sexual arousal
- Sleep deprivation and agitation
Side Effects of Opiate Abuse
There are many physical side effects which are associated with opioid addiction. Some of these side effects include:
- Dependence both physically and psychologically
- Exhaustion and constipation
- An elated feeling or breathlessness
- Nausea or bronchospasm
- Death (from mixing opioids with other substances)
- Chest pain and confusion
- Strong physical craving
- Upset stomach or diarrhea
- Chills or cold sweats
- Shaking or twitching
- Dilated pupils
Due to their very nature, opioids are some of the most abused drugs in the world. This is why it is so important for those who are addicted to seek help. Because these substances are so addictive, few people can quit by themselves, and even those that do will experience severe withdrawal symptoms. This is why opiate rehab services are so important. They allow you to be treated by experts who are familiar with opioids and the best way to wean users off them.
There are many rehab treatment programs available. Two of the most common are inpatient and outpatient care, and specialized programs such as addiction counseling and medical drug detox are also available. Addicts must be reviewed to determine their addiction level. It’s a fact that rehab services do not come cheap but there are many payment options available, including insurance or credit card payments.
Contact us at NeuroPsychiatric Addiction Clinic to receive more information on how you can get rid of your opiate addiction at a price you can afford!