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Dangers of Maintaining an Opium Addiction

Dangers of Maintaining an Opium AddictionOpium is a drug made from poppy seedpods and can be used medically or as a narcotic. Drugs derived from opium are highly addictive and include morphine, heroin, paregoric and codeine.

Why Treat My Opium Addiction Now?

You may be wondering why it is so important to get help for your opium addiction now rather than waiting until a month, a year or a few years down the road. Maybe you are afraid of making your opium addiction known to your loved ones. You may be struggling with whether or not you actually want to break your opium addiction. It is even possible that you are not sure if you have an opium addiction. If you are abusing or addicted to opium, it is essential that you get treatment immediately. The earlier you get treatment, the easier your treatment process will be. That is not to say that it will be easy, but it will be easier. Additionally, if you end your addiction early on, you can avoid or lessen the physical and psychological effects, as well as any other consequences that accompany an addiction.

What Are the Consequences Of Long-Term Opium Addiction?

The consequences of long-term opium addiction are severe. The physical effects of long-term opium abuse include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Brain damage
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
  • Low blood pressure
  • Respiratory failure
  • Weakened immune system

Long-term opium addiction does not just affect a person physically. Opium addiction affects users in every area of life. While the effects of opium addiction vary from person to person, the following are a few ways that users can be negatively affected by opium addiction:

  • Psychologically – Addiction can lead to mental health issues, including depression, or other substance abuse. You may be plagued with feelings of fear, anger, loneliness and lack of control.
  • Socially – Social circles may change due to your addiction. Your loved ones may no longer want to spend time with you because your addiction has changed you, or you may isolate yourself from others in order to maintain your addiction. You may find new friends who enjoy using with you. Relationships may be broken due to trust issues or because you put your addiction before your friends and family.
  • Mentally – When you are under the influence of a drug, you do not think clearly or make well-thought-out decisions.
  • Financially – An addiction is expensive to maintain, and long-term use can lead to financial problems. Additionally, you may lose money because you have to take sick days from work due to your weakened immune system or other health problems related to your addiction. You may even lose your job because of your addiction.

If you allow your addiction to continue, it will become even more severe, and the consequences of your addiction will become even more serious – especially physically. By getting quality opium addiction treatment now, you are improving your chances of achieving and maintaining long-term recovery and giving yourself the opportunity to live your life to the fullest.

Is There Hope for Ending My Opium Addiction?

If you are struggling with an opium addiction, there is hope. Call our toll-free helpline today to find a quality treatment program that will address your individual needs. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you in any way possible. Don’t wait to get treatment for your opium addiction. Call now!