Have you noticed an increase in your tolerance when it comes to taking opiates? Have you felt the need to take them with increasing frequency? Are opiates all you can seem to think about? Have you tried to stop or cut back without success? Have you lost interest in activities not related to your opiate use? Do you recognize the negative effects opiates have on your life, but continue to use anyway? When you attempt to stop using opiates, do you experience symptoms of withdrawal?
If the answer is YES to even just three of these questions, then you would be classified as addicted to opiates.
Commonly known opiates include heroin, OxyContin, Vicodin and Morphine, and can lead to physical dependence and addiction with extended use. They are known to produce feelings of euphoria and a sense of utter wellbeing; however, because tolerance to opiates develops quickly, these pleasant feelings are quickly replaced by mild to extreme symptoms of withdrawal.
The terms opiate and opioid are commonly used interchangeably, with the main difference stemming from their production. While opiates are derived from a natural opium poppy, opioids are at least partially manufactured through the use of chemicals. Used to relieve physical pain, opiates work by depressing the central nervous system by interfering with nerve signal transmissions. Because they also effect the area in the brain that has to do with reward, opiate use has a high likelihood to lead to the compulsive drug seeking that characterizes addiction.
Overdosing is common on opiates because users need to take increasing amounts to get the same high and either end up taking too much, or they attempt to take it in ways other than how it was prescribed. If you are experiencing a compulsive need to find and take opiates, despite being aware of the negative consequences it is having on your life, call TIME Recovery Center at 561.317.4010 today to schedule a consultation with one of our accredited addiction counselors.