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Plastic Surgery and Opium Addiction

Plastic Surgery and Opium AddictionOpium is a black or brown tar-like narcotic drug taken from the white liquid inside the poppy plant. It contains morphine and codeine. While use of opium has declined over the last century, it is now processed chemically to produce heroin, which is taken by intravenous injection. In that form, opium is twice as potent as morphine. Although derivatives of opium can be used to combat pain, opium-based products are highly addictive and therefore are monitored closely by physicians. Physical and psychological dependence develops quickly.

The Relationship between Opium Abuse and Plastic Surgery

CNN reported that in 2012, over 14 million people underwent cosmetic (plastic) surgery, an increase of over five percent from 2011. Surgeries included a wide variety of procedures, including face-lifts, tummy tucks, cheek implants, injections, and breast and buttock augmentation.

On the surface it would seem that opium abuse and plastic surgery have nothing in common. However, the two may share common roots. Many people who struggle with their self-esteem—including body image problems like body dysmorphic disorder (as defined by the Office of Women’s Health)—undergo plastic surgery. Those people may try to use opium to escape from their negative feelings about themselves.

It is also possible to become addicted to opium after surgery. If one is not happy with the results of plastic surgery and the lingering underlying feelings of self-doubt and low self-esteem remain, then he or she might try to escape these painful emotions by using drugs.

Rehabilitation for Opium Addiction

Treatment for opium addiction begins with detoxification, which involves tapering off opium usage until there is no more opium in the body. After detoxing from opium, you will undergo either inpatient or outpatient therapy, or a combination of both over time. You can choose among several treatment options. Most treatment facilities offer 30-day, 60-day, or 90-day treatment for opium addiction. Many offer even longer stays, including up to 12 months of treatment and rehab. Your length of stay in rehab is determined in part by the strength of your addiction and in part by a circle of caring professionals who want to give you the best chance of recovery.

During treatment, you will identify and seek to break the habits that you developed as an addict. You will also identify and work through any underlying emotional or relational issues you have that could have triggered the addiction. This will happen in group therapy and/or individual counseling. You will likely be encouraged to find healthy ways of dealing with stress and life’s struggles, such as journaling, physical activity, and conflict resolution. You will also work on developing the skills necessary to re-enter your life drug-free.

Getting Help For Your Opium Addiction

Don’t allow opium addiction to take years off your life. Get help by calling our toll-free helpline right now. We are available any time, 24 hours a day. You can talk to an addiction recovery specialist who will help you determine the best treatment options for your unique situation. Don’t live in an opium haze any longer. Take the first step to a healthy life and call us today.