Opiate Addiction

         Opiate addiction is widely recognized as a central nervous system disorder, caused by continuous opiate intake. Opiates are potent drugs derived from poppy plants and produce a sense of well being or euphoria that can be addictive to a lot of people.  The etiology of opiate addiction can also be found in psychiatric concerns such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.  Methadone is commonly used in treatment for heroin addiction, and suboxone, or buprenorphine is another replacement therapy drug for opiate addiction.  Methadone is used as a legally prescribed drug to control withdrawal symptoms in people undergoing treatment for opiate addiction.  Methadone has been used for over 30 years to treat opiate addiction, according to addiction therapy experts.  


Heroin is an opioid and is considered the most addictive substance in the opiate family of drugs.  This type of opiate derivative is highly addictive so there are very few chance heroin users.  Heroin is also a widely abused opiate drug that has been in existence for over a century.  Treatment for opiate addiction usually involves the use of methadone or buprenorphine. Methadone can suppress opiate withdrawal for 24 to 36 hours, which is longer than heroin lasts and withdrawal can occur within a few hours after the last time the drug is taken.  


Methadone is currently the most widely accepted and successful medication used to treat opiate addiction.  Methadone is a synthetic opioid with potent analgesic (pain relieving) effects. It is used as a legally prescribed drug to control withdrawal symptoms in people undergoing treatment for opiate addiction.  Opiate addiction has to be managed carefully, as there may be a combination of synthetic drugs used by the addict.  This form of addiction can be treated through rehabilitation and treatment programs that are appropriate to the condition of an addict. Opiate addiction is frequently a chronic, relapsing condition.  


As mentioned, opiate addiction can be effectively treated in rehab which may very well require a medically supervised detoxification component.  An addiction to opiates can become life-threatening if it is not acknowledged and treated as quickly as possible.  This type of addiction is destructive to an addict's family and professional life.  However, it is not only a personal and family tragedy, it is also a devastating public health problem in many cities worldwide.  To that end, opiate addiction is the fasting growing drug problem in modern suburbia – especially in teens.  


Opiate addiction is a very common and devastating problem in our culture today. It is thought by many to be a modern problem caused by disintegration of traditional cultural values.  Opiate addiction is becoming more and more a problem of America’s young people where the addiction can lead a user to become totally unrecognizable to their friends and family and maybe even themselves.  Commonly, the individuals suffering from an opiate addiction will resort to criminal activities to support their dependence on the drug. However, opiate addiction may often be overlooked by friends and family members because, in many instances, the addict isn’t using an “illegal” substance, but could be abusing prescription opiate derivatives.  


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