Opium is found naturally in the opium poppy seed. It contains morphine and is commonly used to make heroin, an illegal substance that is potent, highly addictive and among the most commonly abused drugs in America. Heroin is generally sold as a brown powder. Because heroin is sold at various strengths and can have any variety of other ingredients added to it, the risk of fatal overdose is very high with heroin. Opium, or heroin, can be injected, snorted or smoked. Though all three methods are dangerous and addictive, injecting the drug produces the most intense reaction and can be the most dangerous for that reason. Opium has a very high risk of addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it.
Opium works by affecting the areas the brain involved with the body’s perception of pain and pleasure. The drug binds to opioid receptors in the brain that are located, among other places, in the brainstem, which is important for critical processes such as breathing. Obviously, thisis not process that you want interrupted. As you can see, opium’s effects on the brain are the reason that abuse can easily result in death. Even in the best-case scenario, opium will make it nearly impossible for a person function normally, affecting motor skills and altering perceptions. It’s not difficult to see how these effects could make one’s social life, family life and career difficult to maintain.
As dangerous as opium abuse is, abruptly stopping your use of the drug can be just as dangerous. Suddenly deprived of the substance it depends on, the body will go into shock in such a way that it can result in death. Asking for help and getting into a rehab treatment facility is the safest and surest way to start recovering from opium addiction. Without a safely supervised detox, the brain can never begin to adjust to life without opium and, in turn, neither can you. Every day you continue abusing opium is another day you risk your life.
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