Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October 3, 2019
Opioids are narcotic medications which have been designed to alleviate pain. The drugs are a derivative of opium, which comes from the poppy. Opioids are classified as the entire class of drugs including synthetic opiates. These category of drugs work by binding to opioid receptors within the brain, spinal cords, and other regions of the body to reduce pain. Opioids are generally safe when used correctly, however they are commonly misused which often leads to addiction. Opioids are very strong and highly addictive drugs which often causes its users to develop a physical dependency with continuous use.
Opioid drugs includes:
Opioid drugs have effects which produces a sense of well-being or euphoria which people often find addicting. Opioids are generally used for treating pain, when used for pain relief many people develop a tolerance, which causes them to need a higher dosage or more frequent use of opioids to achieve the same effects. Often once tolerance sets in, an addiction soon follows. Opioid drugs are often misused, whether they are in the legal form such as prescription pain pills or illegal form such as heroin. Tolerance for the euphoric effects develops faster than a tolerance for the dangerous effects which often leads to unintentional overdose while trying to achieve a higher high by using too much. A high dose of opioids can induce cardiac or respiratory arrest which often ends fatally.Some of the long and short term effects associated with an opioid dependence/addiction includes:
Opioid addiction is characterized by the compulsive use of opioids despite consequences associated with its use. Some of the signs and symptoms associated with an opioid dependence/addiction includes:
If you answered yes to at least three of the questions listed above than there’s a chance you may be addicted to opioids and should seek professional help.
Withdrawal from opioids can be very painful and uncomfortable, the process of withdrawal can also be dangerous if one attempts to stop using opioids without seeking the help of a medical professional. Opioid withdrawal occurs after stopping or significantly reducing one’s heavy use of opioid drugs and generally onset within 12 hours of one’s last use. Some of the more common symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal includes:
Withdrawal from opioids can last anywhere from one week to one month. Emotional symptoms such as low energy, anxiety, and sleeping difficulties can typically last for months following the sudden cessation of heavy opioid use.
Treating an opioid addiction is possible by following proper treatment protocol. There is currently no single treatment which is effective in treating all individuals suffering from opiate addiction, therefore diverse treatment options should be implemented including the use of medications and psycho-therapeutic approaches. Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, and methadone are medications for opioid addictions which are most commonly use in treatment for opioid addiction. It is most important to have a recovery plan in place upon completion of treatment, steps that should be implemented into one’s recovery plans includes: adopting relapse prevention skills, creating a strong support system, attending 12-step meetings and more!
If you or a loved one are struggling with an opioid addiction or may be abusing opioids, call us today to learn more about being effectively treated at Harbor Village.