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Opium Integrated Treatment

Opium is the source for morphine, codeine, and heroin. In addition, when taken legally or illegally, opium is also a highly addictive drug.

Opium Effects

Opium can provide pleasurable effects including the following feelings:

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

Opium Side Effects

Opium and any of its derivatives may cause side effects including these:

  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Fast or slow heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Slowed or difficult breathing
  • Tremors
  • Vision changes

Allergic reactions to any legal or illegal drug require immediate medical attention any may include the following symptoms:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue

Opium Withdrawal Symptoms

When a person uses opium, they experience a rush of pleasure, followed by an extended period of relaxation, freedom from anxiety, and the relief of physical pain. Because of these desired effects, it is often difficult to discontinue the use of the drug. However, continued use of opium leads to tolerance and dependency. Tolerance to the current level of the drug means that a person needs to take more to receive the desired effects, while dependency means that the person feels that using the drug is required.

When a person chooses to withdrawal from opium, they can expect to experience any of the following symptoms for at least three to five days:

  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Yawning
  • Muscle pains
  • Involuntary motion
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Cold sweats
  • Cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Integrated Treatment Services for Opium Addiction

Research shows that at least 50% of people with identified psychiatric disorders also have a co-occurring substance use disorder, and at least 35% of people with an identified substance use disorder also have a psychiatric disorder. With such significant statistics, more and more private, state, and federal recovery facilities are looking into integrated treatment services.

Some of the key principles in such an integrated approach include the following:

  • Treat people using the same approach whether they initially present for treatment with a mental or a substance abuse disorder.
  • Design a program that is clinically appropriate that responds to the co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse.
  • Ensure that the program gives the person the opportunity and ability to pass from one level of treatment to another based on their changing needs.
  • Avoid limiting the progression of moving through treatment options by a rigidly established time limit or a strict progression from one phase to another.
  • Provide varying levels of supervision in housing depending on the needs of the individual client.
  • Assign the patient to a single person or clinical team to manage his or her care within the treatment system.
  • Design support services based on specific individual assessment and diagnosis.
  • Promote client involvement, family support, and community based resources as appropriate.
  • Ensure flexibility to respond to change based on periodic evaluation.

Finding Out About Integrated Treatment Services for Opium Abuse

If you or someone you know could benefit from integrated treatment services for opium abuse, call our toll-free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about integrated treatment services. Recovery is within reach—call us today.