Opiate addiction is defined as a central nervous system disorder caused by continuous opiate intake. After continued use of opiates, the nerve cells in the brain no longer work properly. These nerve cells release natural painkillers into the body. The brain stops making these nerve cells, because the body is receiving opiates (artificial pain killers). This causes the body to become dependent on opiates, because the brain no longer makes the necessary nerve cells
How Does an Opiate Addiction Begin?
Many people accidentally find themselves with an opiate addiction. Chronic pain sufferers, surgical patients, sickle-cell patients, and cancer patients all need relief from their pain. Because of their pain they are prescribed pain killers. After taking these pain killers (opiates) for a long period of time, the patients eventually become dependent. Some people believe that just because the drug they are abusing is a prescription drug, they are not a drug addict. This is not true, whether it is a prescription drug or a street drug someone is addicted to they are still a drug addict.
The Dangers of Opiate Addiction
Some people take opiates orally and others inject the opiates. The most dangerous method is crushing opiate pills and injecting them.
The signs of an opiate addiction are:
- Feeling no pain
- Feeling high
- Respiratory depression
- Small pupils
- Itchy skin
- Slurred speech
- Cconfusion or poor judgment
After an opiate addict ceases use of the drug he or she will have fairly severe withdrawal symptoms for approximately a week. There are many natural remedies to help with the withdrawal symptoms. Many addicts prefer to go back to their addiction, rather than to go through withdrawal. Others like to take time off from work to spend their time relaxing to help get through the opiate addiction withdrawal symptoms.
There is help available for those battling an opiate addiction, call or fill out the form below to begin your recovery.