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Seeking Opium Addiction Treatment for a Loved One

Opium Addiction Symptoms

Seeking opium addiction treatment for a loved oneHow do you know if someone you love is addicted? Symptoms of opium abuse may be as simple to recognize as a change in behavior, focus, finances, and friendships; or as compellingly obvious as the drug evidence associated with addiction, such as a runny nose from snorting, needle marks from injecting, pill bottles, or their focused and urgent need to get a new prescription, among other things.

Opium Overdose Symptoms

An individual already involved in opiate addiction may experience any of these symptoms when overdosing, possibly requiring immediate medical attention:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Clamminess
  • Seizures (more likely to occur in children)
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Restlessness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Constricted pupils
  • Coma

Opium Detoxification Help

As with any detox effort, check with your doctor first for guidance as to the best way to withdraw from any drug—withdrawal can be dangerous when quit “cold turkey” in some cases and will most likely be painful, regardless of the substance abused. Experienced rehab specialists will understand the process and nature of detox, and can help provide guidance as to the best way to approach it.
Opium detox can take as long as a few weeks for toxins to drain from the body to several years for the psychological and physical effects to diminish. With that being said, it is highly recommend for anyone addicted to opiates to find treatment with professional and experienced drug rehab specialists.

Opium Addiction Treatment

The federal government has established the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as the regulatory agency overseeing opium addiction treatment—probably the most difficult form of addiction to remedy. SAMHSA does this by providing guidelines and stringent requirements for treatment centers and hospitals addressing opiate addiction. SAMHSA’s requirements include certification, credentialing and licensing of treatment staff, as well as provisions for the implementation of proven treatment programs.

If someone you know needs addiction treatment for opiate abuse, contact a SAMHSA accredited treatment center or hospital to be assured that certain criteria will be met, including a comprehensive approach to treatment addressing all aspects of addiction. Even if opium is not the individual’s drug of choice, a SAMHSA accredited treatment center is a good choice for treating any addiction because of its holistic and comprehensive approach to addiction treatment.

Seeking Opium Addiction Treatment for a Loved One?

If you suspect your loved one is addicted to opium and you want to get them help, call our toll-free helpline today. Our phones are staffed 24 hours a day, and counselors are waiting to talk to you about addiction and recovery options. One call can make the difference in your loved one’s life!