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Breaking the Cycle of Opium Addiction

Breaking the cycle of opium addictionMany people who try opium are surprised at how quickly they want the drug again. Because of the initial high, users seek to emulate that high through subsequent doses, but take more opium to do this. Users develop a tolerance to opium very quickly. This can lead to accidental overdose which can be fatal. Escalating use also radically increases the speed of the addiction process. A dependency will develop very quickly because opium replaces naturally occurring “feel-good” chemicals in the brain, and suppresses their production as long as it is present. As a result the user will feel extremely ill-at-ease; a condition called dysphoria (the opposite of euphoria.) They will feel intense anxiety, skin crawls, fear and flu-like symptoms for at least 3 – 5 days. This withdrawal effect usually sends the user back for more opium just to feel “normal.” But even if they can withstand the withdrawal or detox phase, they are most certainly not out of the woods.

A powerful psychological addiction has also been created that will produce intense and even irresistible mental cravings for the drug. Many people mistakenly believe that the psychological addiction is easy to beat and that recovery is just a matter of willpower or personal strength. This could not be further from the truth. The psychological addiction is much harder to conquer than the physical. The majority of opium relapses are a direct result of the psychological addiction. Opium addicts are unable to stop themselves from taking the drug.

The cycle of opium addiction often looks like the following:

  • Experimentation (some people become addicted the first time they smoke opium)
  • Continued use because of pleasurable experience
  • Tolerance builds requiring heavier or more frequent doses
  • Dependency established (user doesn’t feel “right” without opiates in his or her system.\)
  • Physical and psychological addiction
  • Possible escalation to “harder” opiates like heroin

Breaking the Chains of Opium Addiction

Opium users may be able to endure the symptoms of withdrawal, but their brains have been rewired and can’t stop obsessing over getting more of the drug. In time opium will shut down crucial body systems and can lead some to depressive or suicidal thoughts or actions. The addict will need external help from caring experts who know how to rewire the brain. The process of opium rehab will look something like the following:

  1. Coming to grips with the reality that you have a problem that you cannot control on your own
  2. Confide in a good friend or family member about your addiction
  3. Find the right treatment center or facility (our toll-free helpline can help with this)
  4. Medically supervised detox allows doctors to alleviate the worst symptoms of withdrawal as the drug leaves your system
  5. Holistic rehab can help restore an addict’s mind, body and spirit
  6. During rehab the user learns new habits or diversions to help them steer clear of opium

Need Help Finding Opium Rehabilitation?

If you have an opium problem and need someone to talk to about recovery, please call our toll-free helpline today. We can answer all of your questions, confirm your insurance coverage and plug you into the best treatment center for you. We’re open 24 hours a day. Make the call today and let us help you find your drug-free future.