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Inner City Opium Use

Inner City Opium UseMany people mistakenly believe opium abuse is an ancient tradition with no relevance to today’s drug culture. However, the truth is that this highly addictive drug remains readily available in modern inner cities. Some people think it is less addictive or safer than heroin or other opiates, but opium is far from safe. Whether smoked or infused into a tea, this drug causes powerful physical and psychological addiction and often devastates users.

What Is Opium?

Opium is a tar-like substance that comes from poppy varieties throughout Asia. People have been using opium as a medicinal treatment and a recreational drug for thousands of years, but recently scientists have identified the active compounds in opium and can synthesize the drug into more potent forms. For instance, drugs like heroin, morphine and prescription painkillers are directly related to opium.

Opium binds to chemical receptors in the brain that transmit physical and emotional pain signals. When this happens, users experience overwhelming comfort, peace and euphoria, and the brain then builds new neural pathways in the central nervous system to keep this relief coming. The body also stops producing its own natural chemicals that manage pain, so it relies on opium to feel well. Users are quickly left with a physical need for the drug and an emotional craving that they are unlikely to resist.

Opium in the Inner City

Opium is usually cultivated in Asian or Sub-Asian places such as Afghanistan, Turkey, India or Myanmar and then smuggled into American cities. In some cases the seed pods of opium poppies are sold and used to brew an opium tea. While traditionally associated with Asian communities, opium is now used everywhere from back alleys to college dorm rooms. Its popularity in urban areas may be related to its relatively low price compared to more refined opiates such as heroin. Others view it as a traditional, or even holistic, experience. In poor urban communities drugs such as cocaine and heroin are more common, but opium can still be found.

Symptoms of Opium Addiction

Symptoms of opium addiction include the following problems:

  • Growing tolerance (needing higher or more frequent doses)
  • Preoccupation with using opium
  • Feeling pain, itching or flu-like symptoms when unable to use opium
  • Continued use despite negative personal, relational, financial or legal effects
  • Continued use after deciding to quit

If you recognize these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, get help to overcome this problem.

Opium Addiction Treatment

If you have become addicted to opium, or if you are concerned about the opium use of a friend or loved one, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline anytime. Our counselors can answer any questions you have and will connect you with the most effective recovery programs available. Opium rehab must treat both the physical and psychological aspects of the disease with the following tools:

  • Personal counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Education
  • Medically assisted detox
  • Learning ways to cope with long-term recovery

The odds of ending your opium dependence without professional help are extremely low, so call us today and let us help you beat this deadly disease.