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Opium Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Opium addiction and mental health issuesWhile opium is not a prescribed medication, it is the source for morphine and codeine, substances found in many medications. In addition, heroin is derived from opium. Opium is a naturally occurring substance found in the seeds of the opium poppy. Between the prescribed and recreational use of opium and its derivatives, there is a strong possibility for a person to become addicted.

Effects of Opium Addiction

Opium has been used legally and illegally for hundreds of years in just about every culture in the world. Most people partake in opium because of the pleasurable effects it provides including the following:

  • Euphoria
  • Relaxation
  • Numbness from pain
  • Alleviation of anxieties

However, people who have become tolerant to the pleasurable effects and seek to maintain them often become addicted. Opium addiction has negative effects including the following:

  • Diminished bodily responses
  • Loss of appetite and weight loss
  • Impaired mental abilities
  • Decreased sexual urges
  • Vision impairment
  • Abnormal mood swings
  • Excessive urination

These physical and psychological problems greatly affect daily activities, which may lead to depression or anxiety.

Benefits of Treatment for Opium Addiction and Mental Health Issues

A person suffering from addiction to drugs has spent a considerable part of their life focused primarily on the following:

  • Getting drugs
  • Taking drugs
  • Dealing with the perceived benefits of taking the drug
  • Dealing with the negative effects of the drug
  • Starting the entire process over again

With drugs taking such a dominant role in their lives, addicts have no time or interest in family, work or other activities they once enjoyed. When you couple an addict’s lifestyle with a person who is also suffering from a mental health issue, the result is a person who is in need of significant help. Treatment for co-occurring disorders must address all of the person’s needs to be successful.

The best treatment programs incorporate a variety of rehabilitative services into one comprehensive plan facilitated by a central treatment team. Components of the treatment program need to meet a person’s individual needs medically, psychologically, socially and vocationally to provide the greatest chance for recovery. Treatment options will help the addict do the following:

  • Understand the negative role that drugs have played in their lives
  • Modify their attitudes and behaviors related to drug abuse
  • Identify stressful circumstances and environmental cues that may trigger intense craving for drugs
  • Increase their life skills to handle triggers

Get Help for Opium Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Finding the right addiction treatment program to meet your needs or the needs of someone you love can be an overwhelming experience. While recovery is difficult, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about co-occurring disorder treatment programs. We are here to help.