Opiates are drugs that come from the opium poppy plant. They are very effective at treating pain and are found in many different types of painkillers, such as the following:
Opiates help block the feelings of pain by blocking the pain receptors in the brain. They can also give the body a feeling of euphoria and relaxation. Although opiates can be physically addictive, they are psychologically addictive as well.
Physicians often prescribe opiates to those who need help to subdue pain, but they also cause the body to build a tolerance and eventually lead to addiction.
This addiction can cause many physical issues including dependency. Eventually the patient will need the drug in order to function properly. In fact, once they become addicted, it is almost impossible to quit without experiencing adverse side effects. These side effects are not only physical but also psychological. The psychological addiction is very hard to break, especially for those with a pre-existing mental condition.
Many times a patient will become addicted to an opiate because it may help him escape from something he is dealing with. Even if people begin using them for legitimate reasons, people often find the effects of the drug so pleasing that it becomes easy to take them for other reasons.
Prescription drugs that contain opiates will then soon be used recreationally to temporarily make them feel better about their situation. Other patients may already be suffering from illnesses like depression, and the opiates will help them feel better.
Any of the above mental health issues can affect opiate addiction. Opiate addiction can also affect any one of these disorders. Basically, having any of the above health issues can cause an even stronger psychological addiction than normal. More often a patient will relapse when they are suffering from one of the above mental health issues than those that don’t have them. If this is the situation you are in, you need Dual Diagnosis treatment to better heal from both addiction and the mental health condition.
This is just as important as the physical cleansing because the cravings can be so strong, especially with a mental health condition.
If you or someone you know has an addiction to opiates, we are here to help. Even if you aren’t sure that your addiction is real, then we can help you find that answer. You can call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day at 877-345-3357.
We can even help you figure out your insurance coverage for addiction services. We are here to see you through a safe and quick recovery. Don’t do this alone. Call us today.
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