Category: Opiate Abuse and Addiction

Inspirational Quote

“Although the world is full of suffering
it is also full of overcoming it.”

— Helen Keller


What to do?

What do you do when you or someone you know is an addict?

There are so many different inpatient and out-patient rehabs available for people. You can just type in Google the type of treatment you want and the area you are looking to get the treatment. There are numerous sites that will come up. That is one way to do it. Another way is by taking a look at the links below. These might be more useful to you if you need advice on how to go about the recovery process.


Multiple numbers for many different needs:

Lists of the top opiate abuse clinics all over the world:

Where to start? Guide you in the right direction (888-206-2493):



A user abuses injectable opiates (in the majority of cases, heroin) an average of 14 years before the user admits himself or herself into a treatment program.

Opiates make up 83 percent of admissions for intravenous drug addictions. Second in line is methamphetamine, followed by cocaine.

A survey conducted by the National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that a decade ago (2001), an estimated 16 million Americans ages 12 or older were using illicit drugs at the time, i.e., had ingested drugs within a month of taking the survey. Such a figure does not take into account survey responses that were untruthful (a proportion of respondents are inevitably inclined to lie about the scope of their drug use).

Young adults ages 12 to 17 report that the number one way in which they access opiate drugs (in this case, prescription drugs) is through family members or friends, either directly or indirectly. An indirect example is a teenager who may steal prescription pills from his mother’s medicine cabinet, unbeknownst to his mother.

Due to the nature of opiates, i.e., the way in which opioid receptors bind to the brain’s receptors responsible for feelings of contentment and well-being, prolonged opiate use compromises the brain’s ability to produce endorphins organically. Thus, an integral component of opiate addiction is physical and neurological in nature; science has proven that an opiate addict’s brain reflects differently when scanned and compared to a non-opiate user’s brain


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Where do you stand?

There are organizations that hand out free sterile needles to drug users that inject drugs. This form of harm reduction has caused a lot of controversy. One side says that you are enabling drug users and making it easier for them to get high. The other side believes users are going to get high regardless, but by giving them sterile needles it will deter users from sharing needles and the diseases that come with the used needle. A lot of these diseases are life threatening like HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis. What are your thoughts on this topic?


Below is a clip that I have attached so you can see how horrible withdrawl from an opiate looks like. After seeing this I hope you have a better understanding on why it is so hard for a person to stop using.


NOTE: If you are intrested in following stories you can go on to and search opiate wothdrawl. Hear you will find many people who post, day to day, their own personal recovery story.

Signs of an opiate addiction

Physical Symptoms

  • Slurred speech
  • Poor coordination
  • Slow movements
  • Extreme fatigue (to the point of nodding in and out of consciousness)
  • The use of laxatives (opiates can cause extreme constipation, and the sudden need for laxatives can be a give-away sign)
  • Itching and scratching
  • Needle marks (track marks) or a sudden insistence on wearing long sleeves at all times; this could also be a sign of self mutilation
  • Pinpoint pupils (abnormally small pupils are a telling sign of opiate use)
  • Bursts of energy followed by sudden extreme fatigue
  • Heavy sweating

Other Signs of Opiate Use

  • Unexplainable financial problems (illicit opiates are expensive, and opiate users develop a tolerance quickly, which dramatically increases the costs of their habit)
  • Unexplained legal problems
  • Bent and burned spoons
  • A sudden change in friends (drug addiction often causes a switch away from long-standing friends, to newer and less acceptable associates)
  • Items disappearing around the house or the sale of personal items
  • A sudden drop in school or work performance

REMEMBER: Someone who uses opiates for medical reasons can also become addicted. Use as prescribed and be very cautious.


Where does opiates come from?

Opiates are naturally occurring chemicals that are derived from opium poppy, a beautiful plant.

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Above: This is the picture of the opium poppy that is in the process of being harvested. The white milky substance that is leaking out is called the latex. Slicing the plants and releasing some of the plants latex is a part of the harvesting process of the poppy plant, with the intentions to turn in to a powerful drug.

Above: A picture of a poppy field. The green ones in the back are the imature poppy, also known as pods. Those are used in the illegal opium production. The pink flower is what the pod will look like once it has bloomed.

Opium use dates back as far as 1300 B.C. Egyptians, Greek and Arab cultures originally used opium to treat diarrhea, since constipation is a common side effect of this drug.

What is an addiction?

Below I have attached a clip that explains what addiction is. The clip is an interview with a well-known psychologist in the addiction field, Nora Volkow. In this clip  you will hear personal stories from several addicts and their families. You will get a better understanding of how addicts and their familes are effected by drugs.

What is an opiate?

Opiate: A medication or illegal drug that is  either derived from the opium poppy, or that mimics the  effect of an opiate (a synthetic opiate). Opiate drugs are  narcotic sedatives that depress activity of the central  nervous system, reduce pain, and induce sleep. Long- term use of opiates can produce addiction, and overuse can  cause overdose and potentially death.

Side Effects: Constipation, sedation, euphoria, dizziness, fatigue, depression, tremors, sleeplessness, anxiousness, flu-like symptoms, upset stomach, dry mouth, pupil constriction, itching, hallucination, delirium, sweating, muscle   and bone pain, confusion, extreme irritability and muscle spasms. Severe side effects can include severe respiratory depression, confusion or stupor, coma, clammy skin, circulatory collapse and cardiac arrest.

Opiate drugs include: heroin, morphine, codeine, Oxycontin, Dilaudid, methadone,  hydrocodone, vicoden, opana and others

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