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I Am Addicted to Opium and I Need Help

I Am Addicted to Opium and I Need HelpWhen an individual recognizes that he has an opium addiction, the addict may experience a feeling of shame, followed by denial. The addict may fear that he will be seen as weak and undisciplined because he allowed a craving for opium to take root in his life. However, admitting an opium addiction can often be the first step toward recovery.

Initial Effects and Warning Signs of Opium Addiction

The allure of opium has drawn mankind into addiction for nearly 2,000 years. It is often easy to begin abusing this narcotic since it can produce a variety of positive initial effects, including the following:

  • Pain relief
  • Warmth and euphoria
  • Calm
  • Dreaminess
  • Untroubled sleep

Once the user has found the experience of using opium to be pleasurable and has begun taking it regularly, he can rapidly become addicted. Once addiction sets in, sudden cessation of opium use may cause unpleasant withdrawal effects, including the following:

  • Restlessness
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Crying
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle spasms
  • High blood pressure

The presence of physical withdrawal symptoms can indicate that an opium addiction has become established.

Initial Responses to the Realization of Addiction

When an addict sees his opium habit as an addiction, this realization may trigger a variety of reactions, including the following:

  • Trying to convince himself that the addiction is only a temporary problem
  • Maintaining that he is happier under the influence of opium
  • Feeling that the pain in his life entitles him to the relief he finds in drug abuse
  • Assuming that treatment will not work and is not worth the effort
  • Believing that he cannot survive without the drug
  • Considering himself a special case who does not need to stop using opium or has the ability to stop using opium at any time

These excuses may only prolong and worsen the addiction. In order to find recovery, the addict must face his opium problem and admit that he has an addiction that he cannot overcome on his own. Recovering from an opium addiction often requires perseverance and humility. Admitting the need for help and seeking treatment are accomplishments that a recovering addict and his loved ones should take pride in.

Finding Recovery Help for Opium Addiction

If you or your loved one is struggling with opium addiction, please call our toll-free helpline. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your questions about opium addiction and to connect you with the right treatment program for your situation. Please call now.