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How Do I Identify Opium?

How Do I Identify Opium?

Opium is a powerfully addictive drug that is sold either in pod form or as a ball of poppy seed tar

Opium is one of the oldest and most problematic drugs available. It has been used medicinally and recreationally for hundreds of years, and it is highly addictive. The extreme profitability of its trade has lead to international wars, slavery, violent criminal networks and countless ruined lives. On the other hand, opium and its many derivatives have been used as effective painkillers for countless people.

While illicit opium use has diminished as more powerful and concentrated opiates have come to be, the original version of the drug has made a comeback in recent years. Many drug users mistakenly believe that, due to its primitive nature, opium must be safer than more concentrated versions; however, this drug can be every bit as addictive and dangerous as any other narcotic.

Opium is rare in the modern drug culture, as it is only cultivated in the Middle East and Asia, and because it is more difficult to smuggle than other drugs. However, due to the trendiness of its use, unscrupulous drug dealers often sell counterfeit forms of this drug to people who want to experiment with it. These counterfeit substances range from synthetic intoxicants to incense, and they can be even more dangerous than real opium.

How to Recognize Real Opium

Opium is a thick, tar-like substance scraped from the seedpods of papaver somniferum, a specific species of poppy. In its raw form it is usually sold in small, golf-ball sized balls; its color ranges from black to deep, dark brown and it is tacky or slightly sticky to the touch. While the most common way to use the drug is via smoking, many people make a poppy tea as well. Some users even combine opium with marijuana or alcohol, and some people can make powder versions of it by combining the tar with certain chemicals, which is how heroin, codeine and Vicodin are made.

Overcoming Opium Addiction

Opium abuse almost always escalates to harder drugs, but the following symptoms can indicate an opium addiction:

  • The onset of withdrawal symptoms when use is discontinued
  • Continued use despite negative repercussions
  • Defensiveness or dishonesty when confronted about your drug use
  • Increasing tolerance to the drug means you need more and more to feel the effects

Opium addiction recovery requires careful, experienced treatment of both the psychological and physiological aspects of the disease. This is most often accomplished through a combination of counseling, education and coping skill development. Opium rehab programs can help even the most hardened opium addicts get and stay clean.

Help for Opium Addicts

Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now if you want to end your opium dependence, or if you worry about a loved one’s drug abuse. Also, if you have found a substance that you think might be opium, we can help you identify it. Opium can make you a slave, ruin your finances, destroy your relationships and compromise your future, but call our admissions coordinators now to find the most successful treatment programs in the country. Call now for instant support.