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Negative Life Events and Opium Addiction

Negative Life Events and Opium AddictionOpium is an addictive narcotic substance derived from the poppy plant. It has been synthesized to make prescription opiate medications used for the treatment of both chronic and acute pain, from mild to severe. While opium has been effective in relieving pain for many patients, it can also be a destructive force in the lives of those who abuse it. Heroin is also an opiate-based narcotic drug. Opiate pain relievers are addictive and can cause great devastation in the lives of people who use them irresponsibly.

Why Do People Abuse Opium if It Is So Destructive?

The psychological components behind drug abuse and addiction are complex and multilayered. Past experiences greatly impact the way we view the world, and negative life experiences can either be a powerful force for people to overcome self-destructive habits or a motivation that fuels those habits. Negative life experiences are associated with such mental health disorders as depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. These disorders challenge the people who struggle with them every day.

Unfortunately, many people who have these issues do not have effective ways of coping with stress, anger and grief. They turn to drugs like opium to temporarily experience a sense of euphoria and ease the pain. Some of them self-medicate for stress or anger by taking a drug that relaxes them.

Some life events that often cause emotional struggles such as depression, anxiety and impulsivity that factor into an individual’s decision to use opium can include the following:

  • Illness
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Injury
  • Broken relationships
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Bullying
  • Job loss
  • Financial troubles

Many people struggling with a history involving one or more of these events learn to cope with it but may find themselves struggling when they face another difficult time. Multiple negative events can deeply affect a person’s outlook on life and cause him to make destructive decisions such as using opium, which in turn can worsen mental health issues.

Side effects of opium, both physical and psychological, include the following:

  • Risk of respiratory depression
  • Malnutrition
  • Seizures
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Tiredness
  • Psychosis

Treatment for Opium Addiction

Treatment for opium addiction includes a medically assisted detox phase, which may involve a methadone maintenance program or use of another drug that helps relieve withdrawal symptoms from stronger opiates. Detox is followed by weeks or months of rehab, including counseling and therapy for a long lasting recovery.

Help for Opium Addiction

If you or a loved one is addicted to opium, call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator about your treatment options. We are here 24 hours a day to help you find the resources you need to heal from your opium addiction. Please call today.