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Opium Residential Rehab Programs

Opium residential rehab programsOpium is the oldest and crudest opiate drug. It has been used as a pain-killer, an analgesic and as a recreational drug for thousands of years. The name comes from the Greek word for the sap of a plant, which is exactly what opium is. The sap harvested from opium poppies turns into a black tar-like substance which is most commonly smoked but is sometimes eaten or injected. Opium provides users with euphoric feelings followed by sedation and feelings of contentment. Opium tolerance develops quickly and causes users to need larger doses to achieve desired effects.

Effects and Risks of Opium Use

Opium functions as a central nervous system depressant and presents several significant health risks. Heavy users may experience respiratory failure, especially if used in conjunction with other depressants such as alcohol, other opiates or barbiturates. Opium is both physically and psychologically addictive. It has led to massive sociological problems over the last several centuries and is currently making a strong resurgence in various parts of the world.

In the nineteenth century, the components that give opium its painkilling properties were isolated and purified, resulting in the creation of the following opiate drugs:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Papaverine
  • Heroin

The entire class of opiate drugs, all derived from opium, affect the brain in much the same way. Opiates enhance, and eventually replace, the naturally occurring neurotransmitters found in the brain. As they stimulate the pleasure center and reward systems in the brain they create powerful dependencies. When a user quits taking opiates, he or she will experience intense withdrawal symptoms. Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Cravings or obsession
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Seizures
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy

While many people who have become addicted to various opiates were first exposed to the drug through prescribed use, this is not the case with pure opium, which has no prescribed medical use.

Sings of Opium Addiction and Treatment Options

Signs of opium addiction include:

  • Anxiety regarding withdrawal
  • Obsession with obtaining and taking opium
  • Irrational self-confidence
  • Pain or other physical side effects when not on the drug
  • Noticeable emotional shifts
  • Laziness
  • Extreme restlessness or over-activity
  • Continued use despite negative results

It is crucial that opium addicts receive professional help in order to successfully get off the drug. Opium residential rehab centers address the physical and psychological aspects of addiction. Medical supervision during detox helps alleviate many of the symptoms of withdrawal by weaning the user off the drug gradually. Meanwhile, the emotional and spiritual needs of the addict are addressed through counseling, teaching, 12-step programs and re-learning of life and relationship skills.

Need Help Finding Treatment Centers for Opium Addiction?

If you or someone you know is either dependent on or addicted to opium please seek caring, professional help immediately. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the help you need. Please call our toll-free number and get started on your road to recovery.