|Opiate Addiction, Treatment,
Rehabilitation and Detox
What are Opiates?
Opiates are made from opium, a white liquid in the Asian poppy plant.
Opiates is sometimes medically used to depress the activity of central
nervous system, relieve pain and induce sleep, but at the same time
it has high potential for abuse or addiction. Opiates can be found
in the form of drugs called heroin, morphine or codeine. Collectively
opiates and synthetic opiates are called opioids. It’s side
effects may include over sedation, nausea, and constipation. High
dose or long term use of opiates can produce addiction, and sometimes
How is it used?
Opiate in the powder form can be swallowed or dissolved in water
and injected, particularly into vein, which maximizes the effect
and pleasure. Most opiates are taken orally, except heroin as it
is in the powder form. So, heroine is sniffed, or the fumes from
the heated powder is inhaled or gradually advance to injection.
Effects of Opium
Opiate addiction is physiological, not simply psychological. Opiates
is highly addictive and capable of producing a quick, intense feeling
of pleasure followed by a sense of well-being and a calm drowsiness.
This drug can make the user dependent if taken it frequently and
on a regular basis.
Opiates tend to relax the user. When opiates are injected, the
user feels an immediate "rush." Other initial and unpleasant
- Nausea, and
Prolonged use of Opiate tends to show some psychological effects,
as it produces a tranquil and euphoric effect. Like other stimulants
and depressants, a user may become dependent on it, which is the
deadly effect of opiate.
The varied doses and method of administration of opiate show different
physical effects on the users, like
- Slow breathing,
- Slow heart rate
- Slow brain activit
- It depresses appetite, thirst and sexual desire.
- Increases the body's tolerance to pain
- Potential contamination. Use of opiates in combination with
other drugs, and using un-sterile needles all increase the danger
of other prblems like AIDS.
Signs and symptoms of Opiate use
- Lethargy and drowsiness
- Constricted pupils and reduced vision
- Shallow breathing
- Sniffing heroin causes redness and raw nostrils
- Excessive perspiration, vomiting, or other withdrawal symptoms
Putting forward one step to treatment
Opiate and heroin
addiction is a very serious and sometimes life threatening
dilemma. Not only is it difficult for the addict, it is extremely
hard on the surrounding people, like family, friends and co-workers.
Once the user accept the need to seek professional help, treatment
Opiate dependence is a brain-related medical disorder that can
be effectively treated with significant benefits for the patient
and society. Earlier, the only way to get freedom form opiate addiction
was to undergo conventional detoxification procedures, requiring
patients to suffer through a debilitating and painful withdrawal.
But the success rates for this approach are discouraging. Statistics
show that almost after a year following detoxification, the vast
majority of patients have relapsed.
detox programs have a success rate of less than ten percent
after the first year. These statistics are even grimmer two years
after treatment. Treatment entails a grueling detoxification and
withdrawal suffering that can be followed by intense physical and
psychological cravings, lasting months. But today detoxification
is the only way to break free from opiate addiction.
Any type of drug addiction is a self imposed hellish slavery, which
can be broken with the support of self-determination and will power.