The poppy plant has the distinct reputation of being the source material for one of the most in-demand narcotics to ever be manufactured: opium. It is from this narcotic that opiates are derived. The highly-addictive narcotic properties of opium are passed on to the opiates made from it, hence the high rate of addiction to it.
Although they are often interchanged with each other in reference, opiates are actually different from opioids. Opiates are typically chemical compounds extracted from natural sources, such as plants.
Opioids, on the other hand, are mostly synthesized from other materials, much like most synthetic chemicals that are made in labs. Some opioids are partially synthesized from natural sources, but most are manufactured in laboratories. The differences between the two are further validated by how they are termed: there are synthetic opiates, but since almost all opioids are synthesized, it would be redundant to call them synthetic opioids.
The most common reason for addiction to opiates is exposure to them while taking them for pain relief. Not only is the relief from incessant pain uplifting, but there is the added property of opiates flooding the body with the organic chemical dopamine and hormone endorphin.
These two compounds work together in the body to not only inhibit pain but also produce a sense of euphoria and intense pleasure. For many people dealing with pain, the option to have relief by taking it from a simple source is not a difficult choice to make, which is why it is so easy to get addicted to opiates.
The problem here is that in many cases, people don’t wait to experience pain to want to take opiates. In fact, many people being treated for opiate addiction admitted to not having any significant instances of pain that required opiates. The sheer pleasure they derive from the experience is what drives them to take it even more regularly.
The need to experience the euphoria and pleasure given by opiates makes it quite easy to overdose on them. This is even more evident in people who experience bouts of sadness, disappointment, rejection, or failure. The need to find emotional relief pushes them to completely forego any thoughts of safety and take dangerous amounts of opiates, often with fatal consequences.
Opiates as an abused substance are quite powerful, and as such, tend to have quite obvious signs and symptoms on the user. Apart from the physical manifestations, some dramatic behavioral changes come with it. Some of the symptoms are so pronounced that it does not take an expert to spot them, and because of the lasting effects of opiates, most users are not really aware enough or have the mental clarity to try to hide the signs.
- “Track marks”, or needle entry points
- Small, unresponsive, and constricted pupils
- A constant state of stupor or semi-consciousness
- Incoherence or slurred speech
- Lack of or compromised physical coordination
- Aversion to going outdoors
- Mood swings whenever they are conscious
- Lack of interest in anything other than their next “hit”
- Drastic weight loss
- Pallid complexion
- An unstable state of mind
We here at Achieve Wellness and Recovery know how sensitive opiate rehab is. We have seen more than our fair share, and we understand how important caring and nurturing are to the recovery process. We don’t just provide opiate rehab, we help people get back on their feet, and teach them not to fall down again on bad habits because part of being sober is staying that way. Contact us today to start your recovery journey.