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Autoimmune Disorders and Opium Addiction

Autoimmune Disorders and Opium AddictionSerious and ongoing medical conditions can trigger dependence on and addiction to certain medications. Autoimmune disorders can be costly and often bring on painful symptoms that may lead to opium abuse.

Opium and Addiction

Opium comes from the dried latex that can be obtained from processing the seedpods of the papaver somniferum (opium poppy). It contains analgesic alkaloids, such as morphine and codeine. Its alkaloid constituents are mainly prescribed as narcotics for pain relief and as treatment for chronic pain, but these drugs can also be abused in illegal ways. Heroin and morphine are the most often abused processed derivatives. Abuse of opiate drugs can lead to physical dependence and drug tolerance.

Addiction can trigger harmful effects, such as the following:

  • Respiratory difficulties
  • Lung edema
  • Coma
  • Respiratory collapse
  • Cardiac arrest

Although there are effective treatments to recover from opium addiction—such as treatment with methadone—abuse of opium and its derivatives remains a worldwide problem.

Autoimmune Disorder and Opium Addiction

Many autoimmune disorders cause the body to over-defend against outside particles. In a healthy person, white blood cells come into action when the body is threatened by an infection-causing antigen. These antibodies fight and destroy antigens, such as viruses, toxins, fungus, cancer cells, and any foreign agent. However, when this defense system loses its ability to differentiate between healthy and harmful body tissues, an autoimmune disease occurs. This causes the body to react negatively to a substance that it would normally ignore.

Another disorder of the immune system is immunodeficiency, or under-defense against outside particles. This happens when the activity of the immune system as a defense mechanism falls below normal, permitting the entrance of antigens into the body. An example of this is AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) through the infection of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

Autoimmune disorders and opium addiction often occur together, and some people may turn to opiate drugs to alleviate some common autoimmune symptoms, such as the following:

  • Chronic pain and discomfort
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Fever and the consequences of raised body temperature
  • Side effects of other medications

It is not uncommon for a person with an autoimmune disorder to feel the need to find a way to cope with ongoing symptoms, especially when the symptoms worsen. Unfortunately, abusing any opiate or opiate derivative—including the semi-synthetic kind—can lead to fatal consequences, especially if the person is already struggling with an autoimmune disease. That is why it is important to look for the right treatments for a full recovery.

Overcome an Opium Addiction while Fighting an Autoimmune Disease

Our toll-free helpline is available to offer you help 24 hours a day. We can give you all the information you need to recover. By calling our number, you can learn more about opium rehab and specialty addiction treatment concerns for patients with autoimmune disorders. We offer free intervention services, medically supervised detox programs, assistance on filing health insurance, and a variety of other services. Call today to find out how we can help you.