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How Opium Rehab Works

How opium rehab worksOpium is a substance found naturally in the opium poppy seed. Opium contains morphine and is commonly used to make heroin, an illegal substance that is fast acting, highly addictive and among the most oft abused drugs in America. Heroin is generally sold as a brown powder. Because it 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.

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 brain stem, which is important for critical processes such as breathing. Opium, particularly in the form of heroin, 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 Addiction Treatment

The first step of treatment for opium addiction is detox. Detox is the process by which a toxic substance like opium is allowed to run its course so that it can be removed from the body. Before the addiction can be broken, the drug must be out of the patient’s system.

Many rehab plans involve medically assisted detox using drugs like methadone or buprenorphine. Unfortunately, while these drugs may make detox easier, they are also addictive and using them can result in another addiction, meaning that another round of detox and treatment will be needed. The best option is to find a treatment plan that does not involve taking another drug. There are plenty of treatment options that can offer the treatment you need without substituting one addiction for another.

It is important that detox not be the end of your treatment for opium addiction. Opium addiction can be very strong and behavioral therapy along with detox and withdrawal treatment can be the best way to prevent relapse. A therapist can help you address the factors that may have contributed to your addiction initially and that, if left unchecked, could cause a relapse. This type of therapy can take any of the following forms:

  • One-on-one with a counselor
  • In a group setting with friends and family
  • With a group of other recovering users

Get Help for Opium Addiction

If you or someone close to you struggles with opium addiction, call us. Our addiction counselors are waiting to speak to you through our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. In one phone call we can help you determine the treatment that’s right for you. We can even check your insurance coverage for free. Don’t let opium stop you from being your best. Call today.