Opiates include numerous substances such as heroin, morphine, and thebaine, but they all have the same method of action. These highly addictive substances are called opiates because they are derived from chemicals found in the sap of the opium poppy – one of the biggest moneymakers in the Afghan mountains. Prescription opioids, which have essentially the same mechanism of action as natural opiates, include drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and fentanyl.
Opiates are extremely useful in the management of pain and for cough suppression in the case of severe lung conditions, but they do have a dark side. They are among the most abused drugs in the United States as they’re easy to get hold of, readily prescribed, and very addictive–a dangerous combination. Those who struggle with an addiction to opiate pain medication often feel like they’re stuck in a never-ending cycle of abuse. Fortunately there are caring and dedicated substance abuse counselors at i-Kare Treatment Center who have helped countless others overcome their struggles and finally reach a happy, pain-free life.
The side effects of opiate abuse are fairly varied and may include:
- Respiratory depression
Because of the intense high produced by the interaction of several opiates and the brain, the drugs remain extremely addictive, sometimes causing measurable symptoms of addiction in under three days. Opiates also cause your irises to relax, creating pinprick or pinpoint pupils. This is one of the big giveaways of opiate abuse, and it’s hard to disguise. Because of the intense high produced by the interaction of several opiates and the brain, the drugs remain extremely addictive, sometimes causing measurable symptoms of addiction in under three days.
Opiates also cause your irises to relax, creating pinprick or pinpoint pupils. This is one of the big giveaways of opiate abuse, and it’s hard to disguise. Because of the way opiates often reduce your reaction times, driving while under the influence of opiates is often dealt with harshly, and you could lose your freedom along with your license.
In some states, the mere presence of an illegal drug is enough to determine that you were driving while intoxicated, although the federal government is pushing states toward defined limits, just like with alcohol. How someone finds themselves abusing prescription pain medication doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is finding the right help so they can turn their life around as soon as possible. At i-Kare Treatment Center, anyone can find the help they need to start making the choices which will benefit their mental, physical and emotional health. Call i-Kare Treatment Center today and learn more about how prescription pain medication treatment can help you get your life back on the right track.