Opiates are derived from the poppy plant and are synthetically manufactured for the treatment of severe pain experienced with cancer or trauma from an accident. These drugs used for medication are marvels in the treatment for pain.
The problem arises when long-term use causes addiction, or the drugs are abused, causing addiction. In these cases, the addict will experience psychological and physical effects if the drug is withheld such as:
- Flu-like symptoms,
- Hot flashes,
- Rapid heart beat,
- High blood pressure,
- Severe cravings,
- Panic attacks,
- Heart attack,
- Suicidal thoughts or actions,
- and akathisia, (a strong feeling of uncontrollable restlessness.)
Infectious diseases are also a risk for opiate abusers because injection is commonly used as the means of ingesting opiates. Sharing needles or having unprotected sex may spread HIV/AIDS, or hepatitis. Try to imagine suffering one of these infectious diseases with the side effects or withdrawal symptoms caused by addiction, combined. It would be a really bad experience, to say the least.
Why bring these threats into your life? If you need help for your opiate addiction and you are tired of being sick from opiate withdrawal symptoms with the cravings and side effects, get into treatment in a long-term residential treatment center and leave addiction behind you.
Heroin, Morphine, Codeine, and Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin are some of the well-known and often prescribed opiates for treating chronic pain. There is also widespread recreational or illicit use of these drugs. When addiction is established, even if using the drugs as prescribed, another pain management may become necessary, and the addiction must be addressed. The individual must go through withdrawal from the opiates before other forms of pain management can be used.
After long-term use of these drugs, the nerve cells in the brain stop functioning normally and stops making endorphins because it is receiving the drug instead. The user no longer has the ability to feel pleasure naturally. The loss of these nerve cells causes a physical dependency to an external supply of opiates.
Seek help to put an end to opiate addiction, and begin your road to recovery.
Call Rehab Help to speak to a compassionate professional who can help you or your loved one find a drug addiction rehabilitation center and treatment program that will best help to achieve lasting recovery goals.
The beginning of the road to a lasting recovery and brighter future begins with picking up your phone and calling Rehab Help. No matter how dark addiction may be, there is light at the end of the tunnel.