What is Opiates Addiction?
Opiates addiction develops when there’s a dependence—physically and/or psychologically—on opioids. The term opiates and opioids are often used interchangeably, however, opiates are naturally derived prescription pain medications whereas opioids are semi-synthetic or synthetic drugs manufactured in a lab that resembles their natural opiate counterparts.
The body has its own natural pain relief system. When opioids are taken, they hijack this pain system creating a higher tolerance and preventing the natural chemicals known as endorphins from working appropriately.
Both are so highly addictive that there is a serious addiction epidemic in the United States today. In fact, opiates and opioids are one of the leading causes of deaths resulting from overdose.