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Opium Intervention

Opium is a source for morphine, codeine, heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and several other semi-synthetic opiate painkillers.

Signs of Opium Addiction

When a person uses opium, they experience a rush of euphoria, 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. When a person stops taking 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 or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Cold sweats
  • Cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Opium Overdose Symptoms

If someone you know is addicted to opium, watch for symptoms of overdose. The symptoms of opiate overdose are the heightened effects of the drug’s natural depressant qualities, which control involuntary organ and body functions. Overdose symptoms may include:

  • Respiratory depression
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Cold or clammy skin
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Weakness
  • Irregular breathing
  • Seizures

Intervention Tips

Most addicts do not seek treatment when they first start abusing. This is particularly true for teens who typically avoid addiction treatment until after age thirty, even though they may have developed their dependency in middle or high school.

Early intervention has a significant financial impact on society in terms lost wages, property damage, and health care expenses. A study at Iowa State University recommended more state-sponsored interventions because it estimated that preventing a single case of drug addiction saves society almost $120,000.

Research found that a primary reason for delayed treatments in early intervention for teens was that parents were often unaware of their children’s problems. The longer a person is addicted, the more resistant they may be to treatment; so an early intervention is critical in helping to prevent teenagers from developing chronic addiction.
While many people believe that unless an addict seeks treatment on their own, the treatment will not work; however, this has been proven false. A study at University of California-Los Angeles found that treatment outcomes were not different for a group of methamphetamine addicts who were legally pressured into treatment from a group that entered treatment without such pressure. Other studies indicate that once a person is in actual treatment, the original way they got there is not very relevant.

Intervention is difficult, but the alternative of doing nothing is worse for the future of the loved one. There are several options available to those seeking to get a teenager into addiction treatment, including:

  • Hiring a third-party, professional interventionist to lead the family through the process
  • Seeking help from the family doctor
  • Using the assistance of treatment center counselors to help with interventions

Opium Intervention Help

Intervention is an effective strategy for many people who are addicted to drugs. However, planning and conducting an intervention is not always easy, and we can help. Please call our toll free number today at (866) 932-8797. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about opium addiction treatment and having an intervention. We want to partner with you in this process. Call today.