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Why Can’t I Have Just One Drink?

Why Can’t I Have Just One Drink?
You’ve already been through the most difficult and painful aspect of the recovery process, which included the withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, shakiness, and even possible severe complications such as seizures and rapid heartbeat. After this stage is done, why would you want to risk the possibility of going through it again? [1] While in recovery, especially early into recovery,...

What Might Happen If I’m Caught by Polic...

What Might Happen If I’m Caught by Police Using Drugs?
Opium is a natural narcotic that pharmacists synthesize into painkillers. Naturally, these drugs (opiates) are highly powerful, as they manage mild to severe pain: opiates include numerous mediations such as codeine, morphine, methadone, hydrocodone and even heroin. While the medications have proven quite effective for the treatment and reduction of pain, they also have extremely...

What Role Do Habits Play in Addiction?

What Role Do Habits Play in Addiction?
Throughout every day, people make multiple choices at random times. Some of these choices are easy to make, while others are quite difficult, but, when it comes to addiction, a choice can either feed or starve her addiction. Some addicts view their addictions as burdens or hindrances to their lives, while other people choose to continue in their addictions, because they have not yet...

What Causes Addiction?

What Causes Addiction?
What many people do not understand is why addicts become addicted to drugs in the first place nor how a drug changes the brain to foster compulsive drug abuse. One of the most common stereotypes about addiction is that many people see it strictly as a social problem and that only those who are morally weak become addicts. Some people also believe that addicts, if they truly desired to...

Overlooked Causes of Trauma

Overlooked Causes of Trauma
Trauma is often associated with events (such as sexual assault) or violent acts (such as crime or war), but trauma can be caused by a great number of events. Everyone reacts differently to problems, so something that traumatizes one person may not do so for someone else. Understand what can cause trauma to identify symptoms in yourself and people who are close to you. Trauma can only be...

How Addiction Fosters Further Desire for...

How Addiction Fosters Further Desire for Unhealthy Behavior
When you suffer from addiction, it changes the way you lead your life, not just what you do for fun. For instance, you may notice some changes in your work ethic, relationships and in other areas, but you probably do not realize all the ways your behavior has changed due to substance abuse. To prove that someone has an addiction, people often point to the damage someone causes her loved...

How Drugs Affect Men’s Brains

How Drugs Affect Men’s Brains
Drug abuse takes a toll on your body and affects the way your brain functions, but opium users are often unaware of the impact their abuse has on the brain. While you will regain much of your brain function over time if you stop abusing opium, the effects of addiction can take years to wear off and even then your brain chemistry may not be the same as it originally was. The sooner you...

Why Opium Isn’t Harmless

Why Opium Isn’t Harmless
Television and movies have made drug use look like a positive experience. Images of groups of people laughing together and enjoying themselves without any negative consequences may cause some people to believe that drug use is harmless. One of the drugs that may be perceived as harmless is opium. Basics About Opium Opium is a highly addictive drug that is derived from the white liquid...

Taking Inventory of Your Opium Use: How ...

Taking Inventory of Your Opium Use: How Is It Affecting You?
When wrapped up in the cycle of opium abuse and addiction, it is easy to push the negative effects out of your mind. Unfortunately, opium use affects people’s lives in many damaging ways. Those who abuse this drug may notice its effects in their physical and mental health, as well as the social, spiritual and financial parts of their lives. Physical Health Often, it is easiest to...

Extreme Behavior Related to Opium

Extreme Behavior Related to Opium
Papaver somniferum is a species of poppy plant whose latex contains opiate compounds like morphine, codeine, oripavine and thebaine. In order to make opium, incisions are cut into the seedpods and the latex sap that exudes from the plant is collected and dried. Specific opiate compounds are used to make various drugs, e.g., morphine can be synthesized into heroin or codeine into...

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