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Opiate Addiction and Treatment

Opiates come from the poppy plant and are made from opium. There are many beneficial uses for opiate drugs in the medical field today. Opiates can be found in cough medications which are very useful for suppressing coughs. Opiate's are also used as very necessary and useful painkillers and sometimes used to control diarrhea. Vicodin and morphine for example are potent pain pills and codeine can be found in many cough medications. Other examples of opiate drugs include Dilaudid and Methadone.

Unfortunately many people choose to misuse pain medications and abuse them to get high. Codeine is also abused for the euphoric effects produced when using codeine cough syrups to get high. When opiate prescription painkillers and codeine are used for medical purposes, they're extremely useful for treating the patient's medical needs but when they're abused they can cause life threatening problems.

prescription painkillers

Prescription pain pills like Vicodin and Morphine are becoming more abused every day. People of all ages use these pain medications to get high and sometimes combine them with other drugs or alcohol to intensify the effects. There are serious consequences associated with misusing them and can even lead to overdose and death.


Opiate drugs like Vicodin and morphine are sometimes crushed and the opiate user snorts the pain pills to get high. Some people ingest painkillers orally while others liquefy the crushed power and inject it. OxyContin is another opioid drug that's designed as a controlled release pain medication.

When an individual abuses OxyContin they usually do so in high doses. They're putting them self at risk of an overdose because of the extreme amount of medication that gets into their bloodstream at one time.

Opiate pain pills and codeine are very dangerous when misused and can lead to dependency and possible overdose. Opioid drugs can cause drowsiness and when they're misused in high doses this can cause respiratory depression or death.


Heroin is another opiate drug that's manufactured from morphine. Heroin is abused throughout the world by people of all ages and the consequences are very serious. Heroin is usually a white or brown powder but can also be found as black tar heroin which is a sticky black substance. There are various ways people use heroin and they're all equally dangerous.

Heroin users snort, smoke or inject the drug to get high. No matter what way heroin is administered the drug is highly addictive and the user is risking serious health issues including overdose or death.


When a person abuses opiate drugs for any length of time they become tolerant and need to increase their dose in order to experience the high they're looking for. When this happens the opiate user has become dependent on the drug and if they stop using it they experience withdrawal symptoms.

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

  1. Drug craving
  2. Anxiety
  3. Nervousness
  4. Achy muscles
  5. Watery eyes
  6. Sleeplessness
  7. Runny nose
  8. Perspiring
  9. Yawning
  10. Stomach cramping
  11. Diarrhea
  12. Pupil dilations
  13. Nausea
  14. Vomiting

Methadone, Buprenorphine and Naltrexone are all effective medications used for treating opiate drug addiction. Combining comprehensive behavioral therapy treatment that's individualized for each patient along with medications that help relieve cravings and withdrawal symptoms, the opiate user is able to successfully recover from opiate addiction.

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Comments & Replies:

  • Halie @ May 17th, 2011

    This is a really bad a gross and disgusting so don't do it.

  • January Michels @ May 25th, 2012

    What are you talking about the addiction or the medications to get you off of the drugs?

  • Eva @ September 19th, 2011

    I have known somany people lost to overdosing on heroin the most rececent was a young man who I've known as a child, also a 15 y.o. niece and now I am so afraid for my own 28 yo son. My family goes way back with heroin addiction. Two brothers have survived to adulthood by the grace of my Divine. Please pray for my son that he pulls out of this addiction. Namaste

  • Cory @ December 9th, 2011

    methadome is no better than heroin

  • Cindy @ June 21st, 2012

    I lost my husband to a heroin overdose Aug 2011. As a user myself I knew I had to stop before I had the same outcome. The withdrawals are insane! I wouldnt wish this on my worst enemy. I agree with the posting from Cory that methadone is no better. While I have used it to stop the cravings, I now am struggling with this addition. I beg anyone that reads this to help and support anyone who is fighting as I am. While I have made steps forward, it is the hardest and longest road I have encountered. SEEK HELP.

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  • Acavalier, At Times @ December 7th, 2012

    I need help. I am currently seeking help but don't have the financial means, at the moment, to gain the help I need. Does anyone know where I can find a nonprofit organization? Or a public clinic in Texas. I am scared of what will happen to me if I continue my path. I have not always been like this. I have the most amazing son! He is not aware of my addiction and I want to end it before he does! Please help me!

  • Mario Rivera @ April 19th, 2014

    I have taken Cymbalta, Lyrica, tramadol and clonazepam for about 5 years at the beginning for fibromyalgia diagnosis, but later, 2 years ago I was a surgery for 2 low back hernias, and 1 year ago for one cervical hernia, so my doctor tell me that I don't have fibromyalgia, but for chronic pain before and after surgery he told that I must take Cymbalta, tramadol and clonazepam, but really I feel bad and when I tried to withdrawal or leave those, I can't, and feel worse. So I want to withdrawal those medications!

    My pain is the same with or without them.


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