Opioid Addiction Treatment 

What is an Opioid?

An opioid is a form of a drug that helps relieve pain from the brain, spinal cord and other nervous system areas, in other words known as a painkiller. Opioids can come in a form of a tablet, capsule or liquid. People can be prescribed by medication, which then can lead to misusing or in other cases sold to someone else.

The mistreating of opioids can lead to severe damages of the entire body. Doctors can prescribe these drugs depending on your situation and how severe your pain is. When prescribed an opioid medication, the need for the drug will increasingly rise due to achieving the same effect of decreasing pain.  Once someone has been regularly using opioids, the time to quit may be a problem.  People can start abusing these drugs by crushing the pills into a powder substance, then snorting or injecting in to the body. This allows the drug to enter the bloodstream and reach the brain surprisingly quickly.

How Can You Tell If You’re Addicted?

People who are addicted to opioids tend to consecutively seek out for these pain medications. The misuse leads to poor decisions in an everyday life aspect. Commitments to work, family, friends and other obligations tend to be a struggle for someone who is addicted.  Opioids tend to make users detach from their pain, allowing them to feel more relaxed and create a euphoric presence.

Some common symptoms people may find are:

  1. Drowsiness
  2. Slower breathing
  3. A warm feeling from within
  4. Happiness
  5. Stretching of blood vessels
  6. Relaxed attitude
  7. Constipation
  8. Slower heart rate

Here is a list of some common opioids:

  1. Heroin – Many people do not realize this is a form of an opioid
  2. OxyContin
  3. Fentanyl
  4. Percocet
  5. Buprenorphine
  6. Vicodin

 


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When to Seek Help

If you or someone you know is mistreating opioids and it’s causing more harm than good, seeking immediate treatment is advised. Using opioids when you have no pain to the body means you’re mistreating the purpose of this prescription. Not being able to go hours or a day without this drug means you’re extremely dependent. Many will go through a withdrawal phase, which can cause serious damage to the body such as fatigue, tenseness, bowel problems, temperature changes, goosebumps and muscle and bone pain. You may find out that trying to get clean by yourself is extremely difficult. Taking opioids increases anyone’s risk for addiction as well as an overdose. Seeking immediate direction from professionals is highly advised.