Opioids, also commonly referred to as opiates or narcotics, are painkillers that are derived from opium, which comes from the poppy plant. The two most common natural products of opium are morphine and codeine, highly powerful substances that can cause intense addictions. If you use narcotics only to control pain and as directed, then you are unlikely to become addicted to the drugs, but these drugs create intoxicating highs when injected or taken orally, especially in high doses. For these reasons alone, narcotic abuse is one of the most common forms of drug abuse within the US.
Unfortunately, because narcotic abuse is so common, it is likely that either you or someone you know is battling an addiction to one of these substances. In response, you may feel overwhelmed to consider how, when and where to seek treatment, because you may have a hard enough time struggling with the side effects and consequences of addiction. Although an emergency scenario is a powerful reason to seek treatment, there are numerous other reasons to get into rehab so you can recover from drug abuse. In short, seek help before it is too late to recover safely.
Seeking treatment is primarily up to the addict unless a medical emergency or some other problem arises that requires her to seek treatment. Addicts who have yet to experience an emergency must typically be ready for treatment and commit to the recovery process, so they have to want recovery before it will work. An addict may come face to face with an intervention, which leaves her with two choices: either to seek treatment and maintain her relationships or to avoid help and risk losing contact with loved ones. To avoid this situation and painful ones like it, both drug users and their loved ones can take many steps to seek treatment for addiction while also avoiding emergency scenarios. In short, avoid devastating problems by taking any of the following actions:
Only you can choose to seek and complete treatment, but other circumstances (such as legal issues) can require you to enroll in rehab. However, if you commit only halfheartedly to the treatment process, then chances are that you either will quit treatment before it ends or you will relapse shortly after you leave rehab. You have to want to stay clean and embrace the new lifestyle that comes with sobriety to avoid relapse. Once you decide to transition completely into recovery, you then must find the help that you think will best help you.
To find help, you can use common search engines online to research both treatment facilities and treatment options. A vast amount of information is at your disposal on the Internet, and it can get overwhelming to select the options that seem best for you, so you could make an appointment with your family physician to ask for some guidance. Your doctor may know of some community resources or local treatment facilities that would be more ideal for your situation.
When you feel supported by your loved ones, you are more likely to follow through with treatment and to maintain sobriety when you return home. If you find support with non-drug using friends and family, then you can stay motivated for sobriety, talk with people through cravings and rebuild trust with your loved ones. Addiction robs you of meaningful relationships, where trust issues were more than likely a normal aspect of the relationship, so learning to rebuild healthy relationships is an important step in the recovery process.
Early into treatment, you may feel extremely motivated for recovery, but you may find yourself either losing interest in your sobriety or struggling with maintaining a positive mindset as time progresses. Ergo, if you learn how to integrate recovery into your life, then you can avoid relapse for the long haul. Prioritizing sobriety not only helps you make healthier choices, but it also helps other people understand how important sobriety is. If you have relationships that can jeopardize sobriety, then address the issue immediately. If the problem continues to risk your health, then cut ties with that loved one no matter how hard the task may be. Recovery is a lifelong process full of difficult decisions, triumphs and some setbacks, but every struggle is worth the outcome no matter where you are in recovery.
If you or someone you know struggles with opium addiction and is unsure of how to seek recovery, then please call our toll-free helpline now. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to guide you through the treatment process and to answer any questions you have on addiction and rehab. Our staff are here to help in any way they can, so call now for instant, professional support.
 http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/painkillers-and-addiction-narcotic-abuse, Painkillers, Narcotic Abuse, and Addiction, Jennifer Robinson, MD, 02/18/2016, 04/26/2015.