Opioids are one of the most abused drugs all over the world as they are very easy to get hold of. It can be easily prescribed and can be highly addictive. The reason it is called opioids or opiates because the main ingredient of the drugs are derived from the sap of the opium, poppy. Prescribed opioids or not, it has the same effect as natural opioids, which include drugs like Hydrocodone, Oxycodone and Fentanyl. Opioids are generally very useful in pain management and works effectively from cough suppression to severe lung conditions. But these drugs do come with a dark consequence. Regular use can cause addiction and thus it is one of the most abused drugs worldwide. If you need help, check out Your Sober Solutions for some treatment options.
Individuals, who abuse opioids, grow tolerance and reliance on the dosage that they were originally prescribed with and continuously find them taking more and more of such drugs to get better and more satisfying high or feeling of euphoria. In extreme cases they try to mix alcohol and other cns drugs like Benzo with the opioids which lead to polysubstance abuse. This high might give pleasure but it will eventually lead to severe consequences and might lead to overdose and death. Opiate addiction and withdrawal are two very dangerous and complex situations to handle and should be done with professionals’ help.
Some of the co-occurring disorders of opiate abuse are,
- Bipolar disorder
- Severe Depression
- Anti Social behaviors
Individuals who grow up in adverse environment and in chaotic situations tend to get addicted to such narcotics very easily. In some cases trying to self medicate for certain diseases or pain or trying to treat an undiagnosed symptom can lead to co occurring mental disorders. There can be hundreds of symptoms to opiate abuse and they can happen in step by step. Not everyone shows all of the symptoms and they can vary from person to person. The most common symptoms and effects shown can be physical, mental or even both. Physical symptoms may contain,
- Pain relief
- Excessive Sweating
And all of these in extreme cases can be fatal and even cause death. The psychological symptoms may contain,
- Memory Impairment
- Delusional behaviors
- Severe mental distress
- Decline in emotional well being
The effects of opioid abuse can be very devastating to the victim and everyone surrounding the individual. The impacts of opioid significantly affect every aspect of the victim’s life. These can be socially devastating as well as mentally and physically. The effects might be,
- Legal actions
- Domestic abuse
- Resorting to illegal activities
- Medical bills and other payments
- Financial ruin
- Property loss.
Not to mention that all of these can happen on top of the risk of overdose or a fate even worse, death.