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How Education Can Prevent Opium Addiction

How Education Can Prevent Opium AddictionOpium creates morphine, codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and several other synthetic opiate painkillers. In addition to relieving pain, opiates can provide any of the following effects:

  • Euphoria
  • Relaxation
  • Numbness from pain
  • Alleviated anxieties

However, people become tolerant to these effects, so they often abuse these drugs to feel relief. Unfortunately this can lead to addiction, which can cause any of the following problems:

  • Diminished bodily responses to certain situations
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Impaired mental abilities
  • Decreased sexual urge
  • Vision impairment
  • Abnormal mood swings
  • Excessive urination

These physical and psychological problems greatly affect daily activities, which may lead to depression or anxiety. In its extreme, an addict may become comatose and even die if she overdoses.

Types of Education to Prevent Addiction

Many government agencies, community service organizations and research companies spend considerable resources to educate people about addiction. Formal educational programs offer a wide range of activities and tools to teach people about types of drugs, the problems of use, the causes of addiction and strategies to avoid drug abuse.

In addition to these structured programs, people can learn about drug abuse during informal discussions among friends, family members, peers or church members who speak candidly about drugs. These informal talks facilitate encourage people to speak directly about their concerns. This allows people to share their innermost thoughts and feelings about addiction.

However, one of the best educational tools against addiction is to set an example. If you acknowledge drugs without participating in them, then the people around you can learn by watching. This educational strategy is most useful within a family. When parents talk to their children about both legal and illegal drugs, it helps them understand what their child believes about drugs. In addition, parents can ensure that their children understand the following truths:

  • Prescribed medications should only be consumed if a physician suggests it
  • People should never use medications unless they have a valid prescription
  • Taking drugs without a prescription can cause significant harm and be lethal
  • Drugs do not make people popular
  • There is no reason to risk yourself with drugs

These messages have much more value when incorporated into everyday conversation, and even more so when parents live by the messages they preach. Giving a child one lecture about drugs is insufficient; parents must find ways to discuss drugs and addiction on an ongoing basis.

Education Programs to Prevent Addiction

If you believe that you or someone you love would benefit from addiction education, please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about addiction education programs.