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STDs and Opium Addiction

STDs and Opium AddictionOpium is a black or brown tar-like narcotic taken from the poppy plant. While use of opium has declined over the last century, it is now processed chemically to produce several powerful painkillers. Although derivatives of opium can combat pain, opiates are highly addictive, and therefore closely monitored by physicians. Physical and psychological dependence develop quickly, and can easily promote behaviors that promote STDs. Get help today to quit using this drug and treat any problem that it created.

Signs of Opium Addiction

Opium is highly addictive, so users may get hooked rather quickly. Even someone who doesn’t mean to become addicted can succumb to the drug’s powerful effects and continue taking it despite the warnings of addiction. Signs of opium addiction include the following examples:

  • Mood swings that were not present before
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Participating in risky and harmful behaviors
  • Irregular eating habits
  • Changes in appearance (disregarding cleanliness, washing hair, clean clothes and etc.)
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Apathy and depression
  • Social isolation or loss of friends
  • New friends who use drugs
  • Stealing money from loved ones to buy opium
  • Neglecting things once loved, such as family or hobbies

If you or someone you love shows these signs, seek professional help immediately. The longer you abuse opium, then the greater the side effects can be and the greater the risk of accidental overdose.

How Opium Abuse Leads to STDs

Opium is particularly dangerous because of how it affects a person’s reasoning. As a depressant, it slows down the brain’s ability to function. A person on opium may have dulled senses or appear to be in a stupor, she may act irrationally or without thinking. This can lead to risky behaviors, including unprotected sex, which may lead to an STD. This can cause many medical complications, including sterility.

An opium addict who acquires an STD faces a difficult recovery. Not only will he deal with the addiction, but he must also deal with the uncomfortable effects of an STD. In addition, the medications that treat STDs may complicate the recovery process with unwanted side effects. This underscores the importance of seeking professional help to treat both opium addiction and a resulting STD.

Help for Opium Addiction and an STD

If you notice the signs of opium addiction in yourself or a loved one, know that we can help. You can call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline anytime to speak with an addiction recovery specialist. Our specialists will help you determine the best treatment options for your unique situation. There is no shame in admitting that you need help, so call us today to start on the road to freedom from your opium addiction.