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What is addiction?
Addiction is a disease that affects your brain and your behavior. At first, you have control over your ability to use drugs. If you abuse any drug, their pleasurable effects eventually make you want to keep using them. Over time, your brain actually changes, so that you develop a powerful urge to use the drug.
What are opiates?
Opiates are a type of medicine often use to help relieve pain. They work by lowering the number of pain signals your body sends to your brain. They also work, in part, by changing how your body responds to pain. Doctors often prescribe opiates to relieve pain from toothaches, surgery, and other chronic conditions.
What is the difference between opiates and opioids?
That is determined only by whether a substance is naturally occurring, or is manufactured. Heroin and opium are naturally occurring. Oxycodone, methadone, and Suboxone are not.
What are the symptoms of opiate addiction?
The first step toward recovery is recognizing that you have a problem with opiates (or opioids). The symptoms of opiate abuse may be physical, behavioral, or psychological. Often they are all three.
What causes opiate addiction?
Opiate drugs alter your brain by creating artificial endorphins. Besides blocking pain, these endorphins make you feel good. Too much opiate abuse can cause your brain to rely on these artificial endorphins. Once you do this, it can even stop producing endorphins on its own. The longer you use opiates, the more likely this is to happen.
What is drug tolerance?
Drug tolerance is wen your body, over time, gets used to the effects of a drug. As this happens, you may need a higher dose to get the same pain relief. If you stop using an opiate for a time, your tolerance drops. If you begin using this again, it is unlikely that you will need the same dose as before. This is one of the reasons people overdose taking drugs.
What is drug dependence?
Drug dependence is when the way your body works changes because you have taken a drug for a long time. These changes cause you to have withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the drug. Withdrawal can be mild to moderate, or severe, and may include sweating, nausea or vomiting, chills, diarrhea, shaking, depression, insomnia, and fatigue.
How do I know if I’m addicted?
You might be addicted if you feel you can’t control the urge to take drugs, or, even if you crave them. You may also be addicted if you keep using drugs without your doctor’s consent, even if the drug is causing trouble for you. These troubles may be with your health, money, work, school, the law, or even relationships with family and friends.
Call us if you have any of these symptoms, or if you simply WANT HELP.