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Opiate Addiction

Opiate AddictionOpiate addiction is a common type of drug addiction where the addict is mentally and physically addicted to and dependent on opiates. Usually, the opiate addict has an opiate drug of choice, most commonly heroin, but nowadays oxycontin is becoming more and more common. Especially among the youth. Other opiates commonly associated with opiate addiction include morphine, opanas, and methadone. The term “opiate” comes from the opium poppy plant which is the plant that provides the active ingredients in all of the narcotics listed above.

Opiate addiction can become a serious problem that can ruin peoples lives. In many cases, successful people are introduced to opiates, love the way they make them feel and before too long, all of their success goes down the drain in the name of drugs because it’s simply too difficult to get off the drugs and they can’t function without them. Opiates are different than many other drugs because they cause serious and painful withdrawal symptoms after quitting which makes it very difficult to get off them.

Treatment Options

Common treatments for opiate addiction include Methadone and Suboxone. Methadone has not had a very good success rate because it is a full opioid agonist just like the popular opiate drugs such as heroin, oxycontin, and morphine. Because it’s a full opioid agonist, it causes the individual to get high and crave more. And if the person stops using Methadone, the same opiate withdrawal symptoms occur which makes it very difficult to get off of the Methadone. Suboxone, on the other hand is not a full opioid agonist and therefor does not cause the person to get “high” when they take it. It basically takes away the withdrawal symptoms caused by the opiates and allows the person to function normally without pain. With Suboxone, though, it’s important to taper off the drug until you only need a very small dose to feel normal and not experience painful withdrawals. Otherwise, it can just lead to intense withdrawals after you stop taking the Suboxone (called Suboxone Withdrawals) which may cause a relapse. But if taken properly, Suboxone can be and has been a very effective drug at treating opiate addiction.

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