What is an Opiate?
Opiates are so named because they are constituents, or derivatives of constituents, found in opium which is processed from the sap of the opium poppy. The major biologically active opiates found in opium are morphine, codeine, thebaine and papaverine. Synthetic versions such as heroin, oxycodone, oxycontin and hydrocodone are derived from these substances, especially morphine, codeine and thebaine.
Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical treatment. The most effective pain-relieving drugs are opiates – narcotics. But too often the use of the narcotics continue beyond direction from a professional medical practitioner.
Abuse of narcotics occur when people seek feelings of well-being or escape which are beyond and apart from the original and intended purposes of opiates. Or when someone continues to use opiates despite having no immediate medical need or direction to do so. People can often use the easiest method to escape pain. And once they find this relief, though temporary it may be, they often do not take further steps to correctly diagnosis nor heal the underlying condition- which eventually gets worse due to being covered up.
What Are The Common Symptoms of Opiate Use?
-Fingertips and lips turn blue
Over the long term, opium addicts may display these kinds of symptoms:
-Collapsed veins (if the drug is being injected)
-Refusing to eat
-Ignoring basic personal hygiene
Signs of addiction to opiates include:
-Needing to take larger doses of the medication to get the desired effect
-Spending a lot of time focusing on the drug, using it and being able to take it multiple times over short periods of time.
-Depression; suicidal thoughts
-Unkempt physical appearance, including weight loss
-Social withdrawal and introversion
What Are the Withdrawal Symptoms from Opiates?
A drug detox and rehab facility, such as Pür Detox, help an opium addict get free from the drug. Opium withdrawal symptoms include:
-Aches and pains
-Cravings for the drug
Pür Detox: Your Professional Withdrawal and Detox Specialists
The staff at Pür Detox understand the severity of addiction and work with medical professionals to deliver competent and caring assistance to those in need. We are highly trained experts in detox and the handling of all adverse effects of withdrawal.
If you or someone you know is in need of opiate drug detox and rehabilitation, we urge you to call our friendly and caring admissions staff. Call 1-888-803-3869 now and one of our Withdrawal Specialists will help answer any questions you have. The call is confidential, toll-free and we’re here 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help.