Opium is the raw tar found in opium poppy plants and the active ingredient in all opiates. It is commonly used in prescription painkillers or synthesized into heroin, but people can also consume opium directly in the following ways:
The Latin name for opium poppy is “papaver somniferum,” which means “sleep-inducing poppy.” While it is true that opiates induce drowsiness, the name’s implication is somewhat inaccurate, because scientists have recently discovered that opium can actually inhibit proper sleep patterns.
People who use opium to treat pain or chase a euphoric high often think the drug promotes sleep. While the drug does sedate users, it also causes any of the following sleep problems:
Opium represses a neurotransmitter called adenosine that initiates and regulates sleep, so the net effect is it simultaneously stimulates the brain’s ability to induce sleep and wakefulness. This shoves opiate users in a dilemma where they are sleepy, but unable to fall asleep; furthermore, when sleep does occur, it provides few benefits.
Opium can impact sleep patterns, but it can also affect users in other ways as addiction takes hold. For instance, the following effects may all stem from opium addiction:
With a decrease or stop in opiate use, users experiences extreme withdrawal symptoms, which also contribute to sleep issues.
Professional rehab is the most effective way to treat opiate addiction. Backed by research and experience, rehab facilities break addiction in any of the following ways:
Opium addiction can cripple users, but rehab has the tools to counter this damage and promote a healthy recovery.
Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now to discuss opiate addiction, warning signs and rehab options. Our counselors can help with any issues you have, and they can also check your health insurance policy for treatment coverage. Opium disrupts sleep, but it also takes lives. The risks are too high to delay treatment, so please call now.