Opiate Addiction

Commonly Abused Opiates

Opiates are often prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and include drugs such as Hydrocodone, Morphine, Fentanyl. An illegal substance, Heroin, is also included in this class. Becoming addicted to such drugs may start from a simple dentist visit, a sprained ankle, or minor surgery. Because of the intense high produced by the interaction of several opiates and the brain, the drugs remain extremely addictive, sometimes causing symptoms of addiction in under three days. Opiate addiction can affect your job performance, relationships, and have legal consequences.

Short-term effects can include:

  • Feelings of euphoria.
  • Pain relief.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Sedation.

Long-term effects can include:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Abdominal distention and bloating.
  • Skin abscess
  • Constipation.
  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage due to hypoxia, resulting from respiratory depression.
  • Tolerance.
  • Dependence.

The best-known side effect of opiates is addiction, and it’s surprisingly easy to become addicted without realizing it. Even codeine, a commonly prescribed painkiller, is addictive. Treatment options are available. A Pathway to Life Counseling offers outpatient and teletherapy for opiate addiction. Call 504-410-7008 to discuss your treatment options today!

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