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.
Opiates Addiction Warning Signs & Risks
According to statistics, opioid dependence affects approximately five million individuals in the United States each year and is responsible for 17,000 deaths each year in the U.S. The abuse potential for opioids begins at a young age, usually during adolescence or early adulthood and continues into middle and late adulthood. America makes up approximately 5 percent of the world’s population but is responsible for 80 percent of the consumption of the world’s opioid supply. No wonder it has one of the largest opioid crises in the world. Prescription opioids are primarily responsible for this crisis which resulted in 46 deaths per day in 2012 alone.
Needless to say, it’s critical to reach out for help as soon as possible. The professionals here are ready to take your call.
Symptoms of Acute Alcohol Intoxication
Opiates can have a wide range of physical and mental signs and symptoms depending on the dosage, purity, and frequency of use. The following are known side effects resulting from their use:
- Feelings of detachment
- Suicidal tendencies
- Superhuman strength
- Rapid heart rate
- Violence and/or aggression
- Sensory impairments
- Illogical speech
- Inability to feel pain
- Speech impairment
- Blurred vision
- Repetitive abnormal eye movements (nystagmus)
- High blood pressure
Opiates Addiction and Mental Health Treatment
While there are many treatment options available, the number one priority is asking for help—and beginning now. When a commitment is made, the process can start. Generally speaking, the first step is beginning a detox program with the help and support of experts and caring professionals. Once stabilization is achieved, the client can begin uncovering the root cause of the addiction and get on the road to becoming whole again. Cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, family intervention, nutritional support, and education are just some of the tools at your disposal.
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If you or someone you know is struggling, we’re here for you. Discovery Mood and Anxiety Program specializes in treatment for mental health, substance abuse, and dual diagnoses, by creating unique programs to help every individual find their way to recovery. For more information, resources, or to consult with one of our specialists, call 714.828.0808.