Opium Addiction is a growing addiction. The powerful painkiller’s heroin-like effects attract both those that have been prescribed it and those that just want to get high quickly. Opium Addiction is spreading rapidly and for a variety of reasons. An elevated dosage of opiates makes it more quickly addictive. If you compare it to drugs such as cocaine or heroin which is often laced with other substances, Opium is more dependable. You can always count on it to be consistent, where with cocaine and heroin they may be stronger or weaker with each new batch made. Finally, Opium is covered by most health insurance plans, so it is significantly cheaper than street drugs. In fact, Opium is sometimes referred to as “hillbilly heroin” or “the poor man’s heroin.”
Opium is the least potent of the Opiates and is also highly addictive. Today, Opium is sold on the street as a powder or dark brown solid and is smoked, eaten, or injected.
Opium is medically used to fight extreme pain. It is commonly prescribed to cancer patients as an alternative to morphine. The drug is addictive, can be expensive, and when it is misused, it can be lethal. The powerful prescription pain reliever has quickly become the hottest new street drug. The high is much like high-quality Heroin, but with more consequences. Oxycodone, also known as OXY is stronger than Percocet. A 40mg OXY is like taking 8 Percocet at once or 80mg of OXY is like taking 16 Percocet at once. It first produces a feeling of pleasure and euphoria, but with its continued use, the body demands higher amounts of the drug to reach the same high as before. Once this happens, the body begins to develop a tolerance for the drug making the withdrawal symptoms from the drug even worse. Opium Addiction has similar effects on the body as heroin addiction. Once a tolerance has developed, the chances of overdose increase tremendously.
Signs and symptoms of overdose include:
- Slow breathing
- Loss of consciousness
- Cold and clammy skin
- Small pupils
In situations involving overdose, please seek emergency medical help immediately.
Withdrawal symptoms associated with Opium Addiction are extremely uncomfortable, and addicts typically continue to take the drug to avoid the pain rather that to try to reach the initial state of euphoria. Just like with heroin, Opium Addiction is very hard to recover from alone. The withdrawal symptoms from Opium are worse and last longer than they do with heroin. Professional help from a heroin detox center is the best and safest way to do this, but there is NO painless way.
Opium Addiction is a serious illness that affects not only the addict but also everyone around them. It is an addiction that can be life threatening and needs to be treated as such. Only help from certified addiction counselors or a residential drug and alcohol rehab center can help with recovery. It can not be done alone. If you or someone you know suffers from Opium Addiction, please call us for help. We can help with the long, hard road to recovery.