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Opium Use Problems among 25-40 Year-Olds

Opium Use Problems among 25-40 Year-OldsAn increasing number of 25-40 year-olds are experimenting with, and becoming addicted to the ancient drug opium. For some, it is a way to satisfy their prescription painkiller addiction. Others mistakenly believe opium to be a safer drug than heroin and the many others that are synthesized from it. But the truth is that opium has been a problem for thousands of years and today’s adults are not immune.

Why Is Opium So Addictive?

Opium is a tar-like, sappy substance that is harvested from the seedpods of certain poppy species. The pods are scored and the sap collected, and then refined. Archaeological evidence suggests that opium has been used as a medicinal and religious substance since the Neolithic age. In its raw form it can be smoked or eaten and gives users a euphoric high.

Opium contains roughly 12% morphine, which was first isolated and used as a painkiller over a century ago. The active ingredients in opium can also be refined into heroin. Heroin is twice as powerful as morphine and much easier to smuggle than raw opium. Although still common throughout Asia, raw opium is increasingly rare in the US. However, home growers and online purchasers can use the actual seedpods of poppies to make an intoxicating opium tea.

Modern prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone are chemically synthesized opiates designed to treat moderate to severe pain. As with opium and heroin these drugs are highly addictive.

Unique Addiction Challenges for 18-40 Year-Old Opium Users

Opium enjoys an inaccurate reputation as a traditional, organic or even “safe” drug. It is often found at music festivals frequented by adults and fits into the counter-cultural lifestyle many post-college individuals favor. The truth is that opium is highly addictive. Individuals with co-occurring emotional disorders or a family history of substance abuse are especially at-risk for the development of physical and psychological opium dependence. Users also develop a tolerance to opium very quickly. As this happens they require higher doses in order to feel the desired effects and often eventually escalate to heroin as the effect of opium diminishes. Some symptoms of opiate addiction include the following:

  • Agitation or irritation when unable to use drugs
  • An inability to relax or have a good time without using drugs
  • Dishonesty with friends, family or medical professionals related to drug use
  • The onset of flu-like withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug (pain, fever, itching, paranoia, nausea, diarrhea)
  • Aching in the muscles and bones
  • Sleep disorders
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities and relationships

Many 25-40 year-olds self-medicate symptoms of depression, anxiety or personality disorders by using opium or other narcotic drugs.

Effective Opium Addiction Recovery

Opium addiction recovery requires comprehensive physical and psychological care. The most effective opium treatment programs develop unique treatment plans for each patient based on his individual needs. While no two treatment experiences are identical, the following therapeutic tools are often involved:

  • Counseling
  • Medically supervised detox
  • Support group sessions
  • Coping skill development
  • Massage, yoga and other new-age relaxation and wellness exercises
  • Ongoing aftercare

If you have been experimenting with opium, or if someone you know is showing signs of addiction, please call our toll-free helpline immediately. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with confidential advice and access to the best treatment programs in the world. Opium might be traditional, but it is not safe. If you need more information or immediate help, call now.