Opiate addiction causes an increasing tolerance to the drug which results in many overdose deaths.
Opiate addicts ingest as much as 3 to 5 times the lethal dose to keep their high. Detox from a high tolerance opiate addiction produces dangerous withdrawal symptoms and can cause death. When opiate addicts relapse after a period of time it can be fatal because the tolerance level is not there anymore and the same amount of the last fix will kill the opiate addict. Opiate addiction has led to pharmacies to being robbed or forged prescriptions being written so people can obtain opiates.
Recovering from Addiction
Opiate addiction requires immediate attention from people that are trained and practiced in dealing with opiate addiction. This level of care can best be found in a residential rehabilitation facility that is equipped to monitor the addict day and night in a secure environment.
Some who are addicted to opiates will prefer a treatment facility that offers medicated detox. Medical detox involves a recovering addict being offered medication, under the supervision and guidance of a medical professional, that will ease the discomfort of withdrawals. The most commonly used medication for opiate withdrawal is methadone. Methadone is an opiate that is often used to treat opiate addiction, but the use needs to be carefully used as directed and preferably under close supervision, because it can be addictive.
For those who wish to avoid the use of drugs during detox, there are also treatment programs known as holistic methods that rely on a natural approach to managing withdrawal pain. This is the best approach for recovering from an opiate addiction because you eliminate the risk of trading one addiction for another. This holistic approach also focuses on treating the client mentally, physically and spiritually by providing a program of nutrition, meditation, skills training and valuable support and guidance from compassionate addiction specialists. The goal is to achieve long-lasting recovery for the client.
Some of the side effects of opiate addiction are:
- Psychological and physical dependence
- Muscle spasms
- Shallow and labored breathing
- Low blood pressure
- and coma
In addition to these, the addict may also experience consequences in their personal life such as damaged relationships, family dysfunction, failing in school, lost employment, financial problems or legal trouble. From the first time the opiate abuser gets high, their life begins a downward spiral that can only end in despair.
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