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Treatment for the Underlying Causes of Opium Addiction

Treatment for the Underlying Causes of Opium AddictionIn the past, opium was widely used for medicinal purposes. Opium is manufactured by drying the latex contained within poppy seeds. This substance contains 8-10% morphine which is the painkilling substance that makes opium addictive. Today, opium is very rarely used for medicinal purposes. Instead, it is often abused recreationally, a practice that commonly leads to addiction.

Why Does Opium Addiction Begin?

Opium use often begins from a combination of the following factors:

  • Genetics/family history. We are all a product of our families. If you have family members that have struggled with addiction, chances are you are more susceptible yourself.
  • Certain personality types are more attracted to opium use. Individual who are curious, adventures, looking to relax and have fun, inpatient or in need of instant gratification are more inclined to abuse opium.
  • Availability/access. Some individuals lead a lifestyle that results in frequent exposure to the drug. With increasing exposure, the temptation to experiment similarly increases.
  • Depression/loneliness
  • Extreme anxiety

Opium Addiction Dual Diagnosis

The reasons as to why a user may initially try opium or continue to use are complex. Mental health issues often perpetuate drug addiction. A mental health issue (whether diagnosed or undiagnosed) can be a key component in drug addiction, because it distorts perspective and rearranges values. When a person has both a mental illness and an opium abuse problem, it is important to find integrated treatment or Dual Diagnosis treatment. An integrated treatment approach helps recovering opium users tackle co-occurring disorders by using some of the following recovery tools:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Medication
  • Appropriate self-help
  • Support groups
  • Assistance in developing positive social networks

How to Heal from Opium Addiction

If you are addicted to opium, we can help. Please don’t hesitate to call our toll-free helpline today to receive more information about integrated treatment. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the recovery solutions you need. Life is too short to waste on addiction.