Addiction to opiates can be one of the hardest things for an individual to overcome on their own. For this reason, it is highly suggested that one seeks out a support system that will result in the empowerment needed to win the battle against this drug abuse. Opium addiction has destroyed countless lives for many centuries, and has become the subject of many drug wars across the globe. One thing that should be remembered is that even though this plant has slowed down the lives of people for ages, many are able to beat their opium demon into submission. Keep reading in order to gain understanding on how opium affects the brain and how many have found the answer to addiction.
How does opium affect the brain?
To be able to understand what the afflicted are dealing with, it may be a good idea to give you some background as to what opium is and how it affects the brain. Opium comes from the iconic poppy flower pods, which grow all over the world, but mostly in Asia and the middle-east. Poppy seed pods contain opium, which is a sort of blood for the plant. When this fluid is smoked or consumed, dopamine is released from within the brain. This gives the user a sense of being stoned or high from the contents. Over time, dependency to the alkaloids will only cause the user to feel the opium less and less. This is a downward spiral, for the amount that the user consumes only increases over time, many times, leading to a concentrated form known as heroin.
At this point, the body goes through extreme withdrawal whenever the levels of opium within the body are not at adequate levels. This usually results in extreme stomach cramping, night chills and sweats, and restlessness. Often times, users do not sleep again in full until they have either gotten another dose of opium, or have waited out the detoxification process. Many tell themselves that they will never encounter this again, only to repeat the cycle over and over again.
This is why it is highly important to speak with counselors on a regular basis. Forming a support system is the only way that one can maintain proper perspective during moments where the addiction has taken over. The whole addiction disease must be addressed properly and understood by all that form your support system. Building this system takes a considerable amount of determination for all that are involved, but you can begin your search for opium-free living by making a choice to call one of our counselors today. Well-versed in the treatment of opium addiction, you will be given answers to just about anything pertaining to the recovery you know you can achieve and maintain.
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If you find that an opium addiction has taken hold of your life, or the lives of those that you care deeply about, please take a moment to contact one of our counselors. Never before have the afflicted been so empowered to manifest a new way of sober living.