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How to Get Clean from Opium

How to get clean from OpiumOpium is a drug derived from the opium poppy. Illegal forms of opium are most often used intravenously, and unmodified opium can be smoked. Many prescription pain relievers, such as the following medications, have an opiate base:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Methadone
  • Fentanyl
  • Meperidine

How Opium Addiction Begins

The majority of opiate addiction begins when someone is prescribed an opiate-based pain reliever and, through continued use, becomes dependent on the drug for feelings of normalcy. Chronic opiate use is very dangerous and can result in the following health problems:

  • Coma
  • Seizure
  • Respiratory failure
  • Heart failure
  • HIV/Hepatitis C (from intravenous injection)
  • Heart valve infections

Stopping Opium Use

Opium has powerful withdrawal symptoms and use should not be stopped abruptly. Withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Extreme depression
  • Bone pain
  • Abdominal pain/cramping
  • Tremors
  • Muscle spasms

Rehabilitation services offer the safest, easiest and most successful options for opium addiction recovery.

Opium Addiction Rehabilitation Methods

Drug substitution is a common addiction rehab method for opiate users. Synthetic forms of opium, such as Methadone or Suboxone, are taken in place of the opiate drug. These substances are less addictive and less harmful and dosage will gradually be decreased. This method will be monitored by healthcare professionals who will ensure recovery is progressing as it should.

Another form of opiate addiction rehab is traditional detox. Medical professionals monitor the withdrawal process at a designated rehab facility. During this method of recovery, users will do the following:

  • Learn the science behind your addiction
  • Be given physical and psychological care
  • Learn how to fight future drug problems and avoid a relapse

Traditional rehab relies on education and accountability and often has better long-term results than medically managed addiction rehab.

Need Help Getting Clean from Opium?

Are you or a loved one addicted to opium or an opiate drug? Please call our toll-free number to get more information about addiction and recovery options. We are available 24 hours a day, so please don’t hesitate to call now and get the help you need.