- Opiate Addiction Resd my story and the danger of opiates and share or RT or like.
Opiates are prescribed to relieve acute pain, however prolonged use can lead to addiction and abuse. Common opiates in Ireland include prescription painkillers such as Tramadol, Tylex, Oxycontin, Fentanyl, Methadone as well as Heroin Opiate addiction is the leading cause of the drug overdose in the United States, with an estimated 20,000+ deaths due to prescription painkillers and 12,000+ deaths due to heroin use in the most recent stats I could get- (2015)
I believe it’s significantly over 500 dead a week from opiates and that’s rising . I am chasing European figures, but we are not far behind. Opiates (prescription medication type) nearly made me lose my mind, but I have conquered them.
Opiate addiction is a disease that has destroyed the lives and families of millions. While there is no cure for addiction, this disease can be treated in drug addiction rehabilitation. I personally have been in-patient in a private location that my health insurance thankfully covered. The dates were July 2-August 16. 45 days and 45 nights. I will categorically say the group of people I met were amongst the most “normal” I’ve ever met. They were good people fighting tough addictions and conditions. The peer support was incredible. I actually miss being there!
I battled their programme- 4 weeks of groups, 1-1’s, lectures and presentations as well as a 45 day detox. It was the detox that hurt me. I sweated so much, I developed a tremor, I collapsed on one occasion, I developed low blood pressure, I had rebound pain and anxiety and I had insomnia. I told myself I couldn’t do it and I was in agony. I made it though and I feel pretty good, Under no circumstances ever again will I take an Opioid or addictive medication.
I want to talk about Opiates so others don’t have to go to rehab for 45 days! .
What are Opiates??!!
Opiates are drugs used to treat pain and are derived from the opium plant. Opiates are highly addictive and pose the threat of opiate addiction to any person who takes the drug for a prolonged period of time. Opiate use disorder is a medical disengagement phase that causes an abuser to seek out and continue using opiates, despite experiencing negative side effects. Again important to say, it is a disease.
The Intended use of opiates
In a lot of cases, opiates are prescribed following a surgery or procedure of some kind. Common legal opiate drugs include:
* Morphine, a highly addictive, naturally occurring substance found in the opium plant.
* Codeine is addictive. Codeine is typically prescribed as a combination medication. If the purpose is to treat pain, then typically paracetamol is combined with the drug. For my many American friends and readers – Acetaminophen is used. Codeine/Acetaminophen is used for cough relief too, however, an Antihistamine (or other ingredient) is usually prescribed also alongside the codeine/Acetaminophen
*Oxycontin is a semi-synthetic opioid that is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. OxyContin is often prescribed in combination with aspirin and acetaminophen. It can also be prescribed alone .
* Fentanyl is a highly addictive opiate that is produced synthetically, so it is known as a synthetic opioid analgesic. This powerful drug is prescribed to patients in severe pain, usually following a surgical procedure or during terminal illness. Fifty times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine, patients are warned about the drug’s very high potential for abuse. I can’t believe I was prescribed this, something 50 times the strength of heroin and lived to tell the tale. I believe Fentanyl should be profoundly monitored.
Are Opiates Addictive?
Opiates are highly addictive drugs. Trust me!! When a patient takes an opiate, the drug enters the brain through the bloodstream, creating a flood of artificial endorphins and dopamine — for feelings of reward, pleasure and satisfaction. This creates a rush of happiness and euphoria. This high is so unlike any naturally-occurring rush of dopamine or endorphins that the only way a person can experience it again is by using the drug again. It’s insanely powerful.
After repeated use, however, the brain will stop creating dopamine and endorphins, limiting a person’s ability to experience these feelings again to only when they use opiates. I experienced this! Because of the strong and desirable feelings that flood the brain, and because they cannot feel pleasure naturally any longer, it is easy to crave an opiate high. People choose to abuse opiates in order to lessen their pain and continue experiencing these euphoric feelings on demand. For me, it was genuinely to lessen pain.
How can I get addicted to Opioids?
The first sign is tolerance — when a person has to use increasingly larger doses of opiates to experience the same high. Next comes physical dependence, when the body will enter withdrawal if the abuser stops taking the drug. Finally, psychological dependence. or cravings for opiates set in — the hallmark of addiction.
Many people become addicted to opiates unintentionally. For some, they begin using the drugs with a legitimate prescription in response to an accident or surgery that would have caused them pain. Me!!!!!!
By the time they no longer need the drugs for their pain, however, opiates have taken hold in the brain and cause a physical dependence starting an opiate addiction. Ultimately, that was me!
Some addicts will fake continued pain symptoms in order to get refills on their prescription, or “Doctor Shop ” and visit different doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions at once. Guilty of the later! Prescription painkillers are also available on the black market or dark web, but can be very expensive.
For this reason, many opiate addicts who start their addiction using prescription opiates will end up abusing heroin as it is cheaper to use and easier to get a hold of. I never went a million miles near this, but it’s not uncommon.In fact, a survey three years ago found that nearly all of the respondents in treatment for opioid addiction resorted to using heroin because prescription pills were more expensive and harder to obtain.
Sobering statistic -sobering Four out of five new heroin users started out by taking prescription Pills
Science bit I learnt!
Long-term Opioid use changes the way nerve cells work in the brain. This happens even to people who take opioids for a long time to treat pain, as prescribed by their doctor. The nerve cells grow used to having opioids around, so when they are taken away suddenly, the brain has a volatile reaction. This results in unpleasant feelings and reactions, known as withdrawal symptoms. Logical.
One of the hallmarks of addiction is a person who abuses opiates even though it has negative effects on their life. They have strong urges to take opiates — called cravings — and they no longer feel satisfied by natural rewards (like chocolate, sex, TV, their work or a walk)
Opiate addicts will exhibit several significant changes in their life.
When to get help?
If you notice any of these signs, your loved one may be addicted to opiates:
* Arrest for opiate possession or use
* Selling family heirlooms to pay for opiates
* Loss of custody of children
* Loss of employment due to tardiness, absence or poor performance
* Wearing long sleeves in warmer months or climates to cover track marks
End the Stigma…….
With stigma still being attached to the word addiction, many people avoid going to treatment and end up endangering themselves. I believe that there is no shame in addiction — it is a disease. And, as with any disease, it requires medical care and attention. With the right course of action, detoxification, treatment plans and supervision from the best staff, you can put addiction in the past and go about living a happy and successful life. I did! If I did, anyone can
Opiates offer one of the toughest withdrawal processes to make it through. The physical effects of the withdrawal period are very short, compared to the mental symptoms that will be with you for a very long time. The withdrawal timeline you’re going to experience will vary for each person. It’s not easy. I was lucky with 6 weeks. I had an aggressive taper down and had 24/7 nursing staff with me.
The best advice I can give is don’t start an opiate.
The next best advice I can give is -Early intervention. The sooner you tackle this problem, the better for all
The final advice is -Don’t relapse. However if you, do, immediately contact your Doctor/Specialist/Counsellor/Therapist.
Don’t give up on the hospital that treated you and know some Crisis/Emergency lines too.
Be safe guys