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How Opium Abuse Affects Families

How opium abuse affects familiesThe context of family life can be one of the most difficult places to deal with a drug addiction. However, if you have made or eventually make the decision to seek treatment and rehab, the family structure can be a consistent and beneficial network of support to provide you with accountability throughout your recovery.

If left unchecked, an opium addiction can contribute to financial ruin and alienate an individual from their family. The best thing you can do for someone you love is to encourage them in their decision to seek treatment and provide consistent support for them throughout the process.

Uses of Opium

Derivatives of opium, or opiates, are active ingredients in many different types of prescription pain-relievers, and they work by stimulating receptors in the brain. Often this creates intense feelings of pleasure and reward. Opiates work well in the world of medicine for the purposes of pain management, but their use is always associated with a high potential for abuse and addiction. In the world of recreational drug use, opiates are some of the most common and powerful substances available for illicit use.

In recent years, the United States has become the largest consumer of prescription opioids in the world, meaning that now more than ever, individuals and the families they belong to are at risk for the devastating effects of prescription and recreational opiate addiction.

Medicinally, opiate addiction usually begins after a patient is prescribed a pain-reliever with an opiate base. If they use their medications for longer than prescribed, or in higher than recommended doses, they develop a tolerance, and eventual dependence upon the drug.

If an opiate is used for recreational purposes, the user usually takes chronic doses of an opiate medication to provide feelings of euphoria and pleasure for short periods of time. The potential for addiction is similar to the drug’s use in prescription form, but usually happens at a faster pace. The problem is, people take such large doses that they become addicted to the euphoria.

Need Help Finding Recovery Solutions for Opium Addiction?

If you are watching someone you love suffer from an addiction to opium, we are available 24 hours a day at a toll-free helpline to help you find the answers you are looking for. Before an addiction takes control of your marriage, family or household, consider making the first steps toward recovery. Please call us today.