What is Opiate Addiction?
Opiate addiction has become, tragically, one of the worst problems faced in society today. Thousands of opioid and synthetic opiod brands are marketed and prescribed for relief of pain. The availability of these products are no longer limited to prescriptions, but through illegal sales on the street, fraudulent prescription obtainments, and the overabundance of access to these drugs nationwide. The alarming increase in dependencies and addictions have been substantiated in the number of individuals who seek treatment daily to overcome the physical, psychological, and emotional effects from use of these drugs. Many first time users of opiates have begun with experimental doses obtained within their own households. Dependency on these medications can be felt in very few days. Addictions begin when the individual’s tolerance increases and they begin a regimen of seeking the drug in compulsory ways. The results are negative behaviors, persistence of use, obsession with obtaining and using, inabilities to cope, unwillingness to quit, denial in lieu of consequences, and states of withdrawal when not using.
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Side Effects of Opiate Addiction
Besides the physical side effects from opiate use, there are numerous psychological and behavioral side effects that not only harm the addict, but also has an effect on family, relational involvements, society interactions, and legal or economic issues. Physical dependence produces withdrawal symptoms that are extremely unpleasant and may be dangerous in some cases. Psychologically, the emotions and cognitive behaviors of an addict are disrupted with an intensified lack of control. The addiction controls the way an addict deals with every aspect of their life, impacting family, friends, employment, finances, and day to day functions.
Opiate Addiction Help
Overcoming this addiction requires help. When an addict recognizes their addiction, seeking help in a qualified treatment center is the first step. Opiate Rehab treatment involves a detox process that can be managed safely with medical supervision to decrease the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms while providing medication and qualified support as needed. Professionals can evaluate each addict and prescribe a beneficial treatment plan that promotes continued recovery with the best possible outcome of success. Individual and group counseling is combined with therapies that address physical, psychological, and emotional issues with access to resources and tools for positive living and abstinence. 12 Step programs are strongly advised as a source of continuing to maintain sobriety.
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