Opiate addiction is a dangerous and potentially deadly condition that requires long term treatment and care in order to promote recovery. It is recognized as a brain disorder that is caused by the use of opiate based drugs such as Oxycontin, morphine, oxycodone, opium, heroin and others.
Over time, people become physically dependent on these drugs as the body becomes accustomed to their presence. Opiate addiction can happen to anyone, whether you are taking the drugs because you are prescribed or if you are illegally abusing them.
Prolonged use of opiates can lead to nerve damage within the brain that causes cells to stop producing their own opiates (natural painkillers known as endorphin’s). This can lead to an inability for the body to stop pain because there are no endorphin’s to mask the pain initially. The degeneration of the nerve cells that reduce pain can lead to a physical dependence on opiates as an external supply source. This leads to what is known as opiate addiction.
Common Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:
- Cravings to use the drugs
- Cramping in the stomach
- Chills or goose bumps
- Irritation or agitation
- Muscle aches
- Shakes or trembling
- Dilated pupils
- Bone pain