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What to Do If You’re Addicted to Opium

What to Do If You're Addicted to OpiumOpium is extracted from the opium poppy plant. While it is often converted to heroin for easier illegal use, it is also used in its purer form. While opium can be used for medicinal purposes, it is also regularly abused. Regardless of the reasons behind opium use, addiction can occur quickly.

How Opium Addiction Takes Hold

“Pure” opium is weaker than other opium derivatives but is still highly addictive. Like its fellow opioids the drug works by interacting with receptors in the brain to prevent pain and induce a euphoric high. Humans develop a tolerance to opium quickly, meaning that with every use of opium, the drug becomes less effective and more must be taken to achieve the desired results. Users take increasingly larger doses, and the risk of overdose increases accordingly. Physical and psychological dependence also results from opium use. Withdrawing from opium is difficult, and therapy is often required to combat the mental hold the drug has on a user’s mind.

Who to Talk to about Opium

There are many people and places available to help opium users. The first people users may turn to are family members. Family is often the main support system for a recovering opium user, and counseling and therapy options exist that include the whole family. Close friends are also a helpful and caring resource. A user needs more than loving family and friends, however, and must seriously look into a rehab center. While the best rehab centers are often residential rehabilitation centers, a recovering opium user may choose to attend outpatient counseling at the rehab center instead.

Help with Opium Addiction

If you are looking for opium addiction help, call our toll-free helpline. We can talk to you about the next steps in recovery and how to find the best treatment options that match your needs. We are available 24 hours a day. Recovering from an addiction requires more than just wishing for things to change. Take action, and call now.