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Opium Addiction

Opium Addiction Facts

What is Opium?

Opium is a narcotic drug derived from the opium poppy plant(lachryma papaveris). The drug is dried latex obtained by scratching the immature poppy seed-pod. The latex seeps from the pod and then is allowed to dry before being harvested. The latex contains the alkaloid morphine, and it is used to create heroin and other synthetic opiates. Opium addiction and addiction to drugs derived from opium is a major health concern and growing problem.

How is Opium used?

Opium can be smoked to produce an initial euphoric state that quickly fades to a sleepy, sedated feeling. Most opium use today comes in the form of more potent derivatives. Opium is the base substance for producing all heroin and synthetic opiates used for medical purposes. Heroin can be injected intravenously, smoked, or snorted. Intravenous use is the most potent, though all forms are extremely addictive and dangerous.

Opium Addiction Symptoms

Opiate addiction occurs from repeated exposure to the drug. Escalating use alters the brain function until it begins to require the drug to operate normally. A person using opium will acquire a tolerance for the drug in which higher dosages are required to reach the desired effect.
When someone is addicted to opium they will exhibit telltale signs. Addicts will exhibit alternately wakeful and drowsy states. The pupils of someone on opiates constrict to pinpoint needles, even in dark settings. Because opium depresses the central nervous system, mental cognitive abilities become clouded. When an addict is separated from the drug, they will experience anxiety, jitters, diarrhea and muscle cramps.

Opium Addiction Withdraw

One of the major factors spurring the addiction is the withdraw that occurs from discontinued use. Withdraw systems are only present in people who have developed a tolerance for and dependence on the drug. The withdraw process is very painful and distressing, and it can prevent someone from quitting even if they have the desire.
Early withdraw symptoms include restlessness, anxiety, muscle aches, and sleeplessness. As the withdraw progresses, symptoms intensify into diarrhea, abdominal cramping, vomiting, high blood pressure, and a rapid heartbeat. All of the symptoms occur because the body is trying to regain normal function without the presence of the drug.

Opium Addiction Treatment

Opium addiction treatment ranges from detoxification facilities, which aid in the withdraw process, to full-scale residential treatment programs. Addiction reaches much deeper than the physical dependence, so passing through the withdraw process does not ensure opium addiction recovery. A deep psychological dependence also occurs, and even people free from the physical symptoms may return to use when they experience stress.
Opium addiction recovery is a long-term process that continues to treat the psychological stress, which can continue to trigger cravings.

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