Opiate and opioid drugs have similar properties in the nervous system and the brain. Although opioids are manufactured, opiates may also be found naturally. Opioids encompass synthetic and naturally occurring opioids, in contrast to “opiates,” which refer to ones that exist naturally. Although opioids are meant to treat very painful conditions, long-term usage may lead to tolerance, and physical dependence. Opioids include heroin and prescription painkillers, including oxycodone, dilaudid, hydrocodone, and fentanyl.
Opiates and opioids
Patients who are suffering moderate to severe pain are often advised to use opioid medicines. One rehab recently performed a poll, and their results were as follows:
- 68 percent of respondents admitted to using the semi-synthetic opioid oxycodone. Two well-known oxycodone-containing premium brands are Percocet and OxyContin.
- 56 percent of individuals confessed to using hydrocodone, a semi-synthetic opioid included in drugs like Vicodin and Lortab.
- A highly addictive substance produced from the poppy plant, morphine, was reportedly taken by 3.5 percent of respondents.
- Codeine, a medication often prescribed in conjunction with other medications, was used by 31% of users. Despite being less effective but addictive than other cough suppressants, codeine is often used.
- About 26% of the participants reported using fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid with a high potential for misuse. Doctors often advise using fentanyl transdermal patches, which are also commonly sold on the open market.
The following are signs that one is addicted to opioids
- Change in activity involvement
Opioid addiction is characterized by a lack of pleasure in previously enjoyed hobbies and obligations, much like drug abuse in general. Most often, this has to do with a past interest, activity, or component of their educational or professional lives. Abuse is often associated with a change in the victim’s behavior, whether it be in their daily routine, how they interact with others, or how they respond. Determining if the changes are due to overuse or are caused by other, more basic causes of stress is vital.
- Changes in behavior that are obvious
The most obvious sign of drug dependency is a change in behavior. Victims of abuse may become agitated and emotionally withdrawn and avoid establishing eye contact with friends and family. Additionally, it is normal for them to experience extreme excitement or worry. This can result in an abrupt and significant decline in energy levels. Recognizing the change in behavior might be difficult since it often occurs suddenly and is erratic. If anything is wrong, those closest to the individual will be among the first to notice.
A pattern of drowsiness and isolation is a hallmark of opioid addiction. Again, those who are acquainted with the affected person will be more likely to notice any changes. One of the signs of excessive drowsiness is a lack of attention, which is shown by the patient often “dozing off” or nodding off in inappropriate circumstances. The state of consciousness seems to change abruptly. This tiredness has also been connected to changes in personality and the incapacity to make judgments.
There is Hope
Taylor Recovery Center in Dallas is here to help you or a loved one conquer an opiate addiction or misuse problem. Contact one of our admittance team if you have any concerns about how to begin the path to recovery.