Opioid Abuse Disorder
The opiate and opioid family of drugs suppresses the central nervous system, which lessens pain perception. They could make you feel excited and sleepy. Natural opiates come from the opium poppy, while synthetic opiates are created by artificial means. Millions of millions of opiate medications are prescribed each year. Opioid misuse is still a significant problem on a national and worldwide level, despite recent increases in state-level regulation of these medications. In the United States, 500,000 people are dependent on heroin, and another 2 million are addicted to prescribed opioids. Overdose-related fatalities have almost tripled since the start of the century.
Opiates carry a large risk of addiction due to their high potential for misuse. When taken, opiates and opioids create a spike in dopamine and synthetic endorphins in the brain. Since these neurotransmitters are in charge of feelings of reward, pleasure, and satisfaction, the opioid’s effect on them causes a spike in euphoria. Since the high is unlike any dopamine or endorphin surge that happens naturally, the only way to get it again is to take medicine.
Regular use, however, will reduce the brain’s natural ability to produce dopamine and endorphins. Consequently, unless they use opioids, a person could never experience this sensation again. They could be drawn to opioids by the powerful and enjoyable feelings they provide as well as a potential loss of the ability to enjoy pleasure in other ways. People choose to abuse opioids in order to reduce pain and maintain these delightful effects anytime they wish. This is a significant reason why opioids lead to such severe addiction.
Opioid dependence grows gradually over time. Some of the reasons why opioids are so addictive include:
- Tolerance, which happens when an opioid must be used in higher amounts to have the same effect.
- Experiencing of withdrawal symptoms if the person stops taking the drug, resulting in the development of mental desires for opioids that lead to addictive behaviors.
Even short-term use of opioids, whether purchased legally or not, may lead to addiction. The first sign of addiction is tolerance, characterized by a need for ever-higher drug dosages to provide the same results. You could also suffer withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to reduce your drug use. Another indication that you could be addicted is if you are hunting for more doctors to issue you analgesic prescriptions. Additional warning signs include:
- Financial problems (borrowing or stealing)
- Issues at school, or relationships
- Mood swings
- Delayed reflexes.
- Digestive problems
- Lung problems
- Immune system harm.
Get The Best Help for Your Opioid Addiction
Opioid addiction is a serious illness that needs rigorous inpatient treatment. It is often essential for patients to undergo detoxification under professional supervision to get over the physical symptoms of withdrawal.
Medically-assisted therapy lessens the intensity of withdrawal symptoms. Patients benefit from extensive inpatient treatment tailored individually after drug and opiate detoxification and opiate therapy. If you or a loved one is going through an opiate addiction, call Taylor Recovery Center in Dallas to speak to a treatment expert.