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Why Does Opium Addiction Escalate?

Why Does Opium Addiction Escalate?

Opiates are some of the most addictive, life-altering drugs available. Drugs containing opiates include heroin, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone and many more. Opiate addiction is not a joke, as use of this class of drugs leads to both a strong physical and mental dependency rather quickly.

What Makes Opiates Addictive?

There are many receptors in the brain that produce endorphins (feelings of reward, happiness and satisfaction). These receptors spark when we do things that produce good feelings, such as exercise, learn, accomplishing something and many other things that create a sense of happiness. When people take opiates, these receptors get taken over by the drug, and are told that they no longer need to do their job, as opiates will be taking their place. It’s an invasion of the receptors, and the opiates always win.

What Keeps Users Addicted to Opiates?

People who take opiates have great difficulty quitting, and this is usually for any of the following reasons:

  • Endorphin loss: as the brain has lost its natural ability to produce endorphins, the user must continue to administer her choice of opiates to keep from experiencing severe depression and lethargy. If the brain does not receive its opiate dose, it will not be able to allow the user to feel any emotion related to satisfaction or happiness, as the chemical in the drug has killed the brain’s ability to produce these reactions on its own.
  • Feeding the brain: as the brain is now unable to produce endorphins, it is fully relying on the opiates to do so. As the process of use continues, other receptors in the brain begin to demand more opiate use to keep the body and mind in a comfortable state. This means that the user’s dependency has become stronger, and he will need to intake more opiates than before.
  • Withdrawal symptoms: opiate withdrawal symptoms are incredibly difficult to bear. Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, sweating, insomnia, anxiety, depression and more can deeply affect a user to a point where symptoms are unmanageable. To avoid these symptoms, many people will continue to use to prevent the painful symptoms.

As opiate addiction is incredibly painful, difficult to understand and even more challenging to overcome, it is important to know that it cannot be handled on its own. For those battling an opiate addiction, seeking treatment is the best and most beneficial way to find sobriety. A safe, medically-supervised detoxification program can help each individual recover with less pain, less stress, and a much higher degree of success. Treatment will also provide an opiate user with the proper social support along with mental and emotional skills needed to move past this highly invasive addiction.

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