Opiate Addiction and Withdrawals
Opiate addiction is defined as an inability to stop using opioids. The three true opiates are morphine, heroin (diacetylmorphine ) and codeine. Those who suffer from opiate addiction have a preoccupation with obtaining and using the drug. There are 6 major factors that help diagnose dependence.
– Compulsion to use the drug.
– Inability to stop using the drug.
– Physiological withdrawal when you do stop.
– Increased tolerance to the drug.
– Neglect of alternative interests.
– Continued use after knowing the consequences.
All true opiates are direct derivatives of the opium poppy. All of these are used as pain relievers, including methadone and oxycodone. The misuse of any of these results in opiate addiction. Opium was first used in the 1490′s. Since then the derivatives have become more common and more diverse. In 1898 Bayer launched the best-selling opiate ever, heroin.
Do you have a problem with opiate addiction? We can help!
The first sign of opiate addiction is unexpected cravings. You are no longer able to control the urge to use. You seek a way to control the urge and fail.
The solution is to commit to stopping. Treatment requires a willingness to do anything to stop using. If someone is not ready to quit you cannot make them. It has to be a personal decision. Many people come into treatment unwilling. Once they come into treatment many start to realize that being sober is the better way. They begin to develop the willingness. Absence of the drug clears the mind and allows them to make this choice for themselves.
The main goal of treatment is to reduce the social consequences of the drug. Opiate addiction is a social disease. Those who suffer from it affect everyone they come in contact with. Treatment of opiate addiction also reduces the spread of infectious diseases cause by intravenous drug use. Criminal activity is reduced with every person who goes into treatment and stops using. Putting men and women in jail with drug offenses only causes them to build resentments and come out worse than before. Treatment helps bring them back as productive member of society. Those who get treatment for Opiate addiction can go to work and begin to support themselves.
California Treatment Programs help those who suffer from opiate addiction. We help them recreate their life drug free. We help them reintegrate into society. We help get them a job. We help them get their families back. We can help.BACK
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