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Isolation and Opium Abuse

Isolation and Opium AbuseOpium has been trapping people its deadly cycle of addiction for millennia. It can be considered the mother of all narcotics, as a wide variety of legitimate and illicit drugs are derived from morphine. These substances include the following:

  • Heroin
  • Demerol
  • Hydrocodone
  • Vicodin
  • Propoxyphene
  • OxyContin

While opium and opium-related drugs do work as exceptional pain relievers, it is frighteningly easy to become dependent on this ancient substance. Opium addiction may start with medical, recreational or social experimentation, but it ends in depression, physical harm and isolation.

Physical Dependency on Opium

Opium and related opiates have similar effects on the human body. The active chemical in these drugs binds with certain receptors in the brain to block pain, anxiety and stress signals in the central nervous system. While in the user’s system it stops the production of naturally occurring “feel good” chemicals, and this will lead to users requiring the drug in order to feel normal. When opium is not present, the dependent individual will experience a wide range of withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms vary but are universally uncomfortable and potentially harmful. With proper medical supervision, opium withdrawal can be safe and as comfortable as possible.

Psychological Opium Dependency and Isolation

Opium creates a powerful psychological addiction. The high associated with opium blocks any negative emotions, concerns or stresses. This feeling is so desirable, the brain will work against its own health in order to maintain a supply of the drug. Opium use creates a subconscious obsession that becomes the focus of the user’s life. The opium addict will be more concerned with finding and taking opium than relationships, hobbies, work or school. This leads to isolation and loneliness. The user’s mind tells him or her to avoid good friends, family members and anyone else who may be concerned or offer help for recovery. Other drug users are easier to hang out with, but the personal connection with fellow opium addicts is shallow at best and often leaves a person with no meaningful relationships outside of the opium itself.

Freedom from Opium Addiction and Isolation

Opium addiction leads people away from the community of those who love them and would help them get free from addiction. The psychological aspects of opium addiction can convince users to do the following:

  • Not trust anyone
  • Not admit or acknowledge that there is a problem
  • Not consider getting clean

Getting free from opium addiction and isolation requires caring professional help. Medically supervised detox services can help opium users get free from the physical addiction with a minimum of discomfort. These services need to be followed by intensive psychological addiction rehab. Mental healing happens through a variety of treatment options including the following:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Support groups
  • Education
  • Relapse prevention training

As individuals heal, they learn how to rebuild relationships and can meet new like-minded friends through support groups and other healthy group activities. Rehab provides the social, physical and emotional healing needed for long-term sobriety from opium.

Find Opium Abuse and Isolation Help

Not all opium treatment programs are created equal. Call our toll-free helpline and speak with one of our addiction counselors to learn more. We are available 24 hours a day and can help you find the recovery resources you need, or we can simply listen to your concerns. We are here for you. Please don’t struggle with isolation and opium abuse any longer. Call today.