Opiates are natural drugs. They are extracted from opium poppy plants. Opiate medications are typically prescribed as painkillers. Some common opiates are morphine, fentanyl, and oxycodone. Opiates are usually seen in pill form. They are taken orally and swallowed. But, when people become dependent on these drugs, they may seek ways to feel the effects faster. This may cause them to crush the pills and snort them. Or, people may dissolve the pills in water to infect the medication directly into their bodies. Others may choose to chew the pills.
Opiate drugs can be extremely powerful. They often cause people to become dependent on them. But, first, people build a tolerance for the drugs. Many individuals who are given a prescription for opiate medications benefit from the pain-fighting properties of these pills. But, after taking the opiates for a while, a person might begin to need more of the drugs to feel the same effects which a smaller dose may have produced before. This means that the person has built up a tolerance for opiates. After this tolerance has increased, the individual may begin to struggle with dependence. When people are dependent on opiates, they feel that they have to consume the drugs in order to feel “normal”. A person might take their medication even when they are not feeling any pain. They may abuse the drug, using it outside of the instructed times and amounts.
Some signs and signals that could indicate that a person is dependent on opiates include the following:
Some of the symptoms might only occur in more extreme cases, especially if the person does not get help immediately. It’s important that, should a dependence problem arise, the person seeks assistance.
When a person withdraws from opiate use, they will experience some symptoms. These include depression, sleep problems, moodiness, irritability, and muscle pain. It can be very hard to deal with these intense withdrawal symptoms. When people attempt to go through the detox process after opiate abuse, they may have a hard time getting through the withdrawal stage. That’s why it’s important to go through detox and treatment under the supervision of medically trained professionals.
Here at Mountainview Recovery, we provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT). This method of treatment is known to help people who have become dependent on an addictive substance. We use medication to assist those who are dealing with dependency. Prescriptions such as Suboxone and Vivitrol can help make the detox and recovery process much easier.
If you or someone you know has been dealing with an opiate dependence problem, help is available. You don’t have to fight alone. Do you think MAT can help you? If so, please contact Mountainview Recovery today to get the help you need.