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Opiate/Opioid Addiction

A Dangerous, Even Deadly, Problem

Opiates are drugs that are derived from the opium poppy plant whereas opioids refer to any drugs that produce effects similar to those of opium and morphine. Drugs in this category include heroin, hydrocodone, morphine, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, fentanyl, etorphine, and codeine, among others; morphine, codeine and thebaine are naturally derived, while others are considered semi-synthetics. Regardless of their origin, or even the type, opiate/opioid addiction is a dangerous, potentially deadly, problem that must be stopped carefully, with medical care being virtually necessary.

What causes opiate/opioid abuse?

It’s a scary fact that not everyone who becomes addicted to or dependent on opiates and opioids did so because they were looking for a new way to get high; the majority of those who struggle with this kind of addiction were genuinely in pain that was treated with an opiate or opioid to suppress it. Morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl and others are all prescription drugs that people who’ve sustained severe injuries or damage may need to take just to handle their pain; unfortunately, either because of the addictive qualities of these drugs or simply an increasing tolerance, users may come to need higher doses, or graduate to stronger drugs. Opiate/opioid abuse can happen to anyone; knowing the symptoms of this problem can help point out a potential addiction in you or your loved one.

Why are some symptoms of opiate/opioid addiction?

People who have an opiate/opioid addiction generally exhibit the same symptoms. These include an overwhelming desire or compulsion to take the drug, even when they don’t ‘need’ it, difficulty or even inability to control the times, dosages of drug use, and moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms when use is reduced or halted completely, increased tolerance, abandonment or neglect of previously enjoyed hobbies or interests outside of drug use, and the continuation of such use even knowing the hazardous effect it has on their mind and body.

Why is treatment necessary for opiate/opioid withdrawal?

As with other drug and alcohol addictions, opiate and opioid withdrawal can have damaging effects on the mind and body of the person going through the process; the symptoms from opiate/opioid withdrawal, however, have the potential to be catastrophic. It is for that reason that medical care and supervision is so important when undergoing opiate/opioid detox and treatment.

What are the symptoms of opiate/opioid withdrawal?

The withdrawal symptoms of someone who has stopped or reduced opiate/opioid abuse can range from mild to devastating. These symptoms can include, but are not limited to, tremors, depression, cravings, paranoia, tachycardia, vomiting, weakness in the muscles, chills, dysphoria, insomnia, anxiety and excess sweating. The more severe symptoms can include stroke, seizure, serious dehydration, suicidal ideology or attempts, and cardiac arrhythmia.

How to Find Detox and Rehabilitation for Opiate/Opioid Addiction Near You

If you’re in need of helpful information regarding opiate/opioid treatment, methodology or locations, you can give the staff at the Detox Help a call. Their hotline and website are available 24 hours a day, and can help you get the answers you need to get you or your loved one on the road to recovery today.