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What is Opiate Addiction?

Opiate addiction is caused by the consumption of opiate based drugs which include opium, Oxycodone, Oxycontin and Morphine.

While some people use these drugs for recreational purposes, others may get easily addicted to them and become physically dependent on the substance. Opiate addiction is a deadly disease in which the affected person suffers from a central nervous system breakdown.

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Lakewood Rehab Center: Prescription Drugs Are Often Abused

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise these days. Prescription drugs are supposed to be taken only when the doctor tells you to or when you have been prescribed to take them for a certain amount of time. If you start taking these drugs without proper authorization by the doctor, that activity is known as abuse.

Prescription drug abuse can happen if:

  • You start taking medicines which are prescribed to someone else
  • You Increase the amount from what you were supposed to take in
  • You dont take the medicine in the right way for instance: crushing tablets and injecting them
  • You use these medicines for getting that high feeling.

Abusing this way can cause a person to become addicted to these medicinal drugs. Sometimes, the drugs abused are sedatives, stimulants, tranquilizers and narcotic painkillers which have some serious side effects and are very addictive.

Kinds of Opiates

There are multiple forms of opiates available in Lakewood and are primarily extracted from poppies which are prevalent in Middle Eastern and South Asian countries. These include opium, morphine, heroin, codeine and methadone. OxyContin and Dilaudid are other less extreme forms of the drug.

Opium addiction is extremely detrimental to the health of an individual and requires long term treatment. The addict typically has to go through a detoxification process to allow the drug to completely flush out of the bloodstream. Treatments may include opioid replacement which includes the use of medication to reduce the effects of opiates and reduce dependency on them.