Commonly referred to as Black Stuff or Big, opium is an opiate derived from the poppy plant. While it is abused less frequently than many other illegal substances, it is closely related to heroin and is considered a highly addictive drug. If you have developed a tolerance for the drug and are unable to stop using, you may need to seek treatment.
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About Opium Addiction
Primarily smoked, opium usually comes in the form of a reddish brown clump that can also be injected or taken orally. Both physically and psychologically addictive, the drug requires the user to ingest higher and higher doses to get the same initial effect. Because it is an opiate containing morphine and codeine, opium can stay in your system for up to 48 hours after the last use, which can make overdosing particularly dangerous.
Having many of the same effects as heroin, the drug slows the breathing of the user and makes them feel relaxed and euphoric, like they are in a dream-like state. Because it is easy to build tolerance to the drug and it gives the user the sense of escaping their problems, the drug is very psychologically addictive and later becomes physically addictive. Prolonged use of the drug can lead to paranoia and confusion, mood swings, anxiety, and possible overdose and death.
Treatment Of Opium Addiction
Because Opium addiction is both physical and psychological, it's a good idea to seek treatment at a detox facility so the drug can be withdrawn under supervision. It's a good idea to consult a doctor before stopping use of the drug, as it may be a good idea to gradually taper off in order to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal. Generally, it will take about 7 to 10 days for the physical symptoms of withdrawal to wear off, and the symptoms can be more or less severe based on how long the user was on the drug and how much was consumed. Withdrawal symptoms may include restlessness, anxiety, increased blood pressure, nausea, depression, diarrhoea, muscle spasms, tremors and stomach cramps. Following the physical withdrawal, a rehabilitation program should also be taken which can include counselling as well as individual or group therapy, which may last for 3 months or more.
Post Rehabilitation Of Opium Addiction
Due to the strength of opium addiction, the user should maintain a support network, whether it consists of a counsellor, friends, or a group after they have completed detoxification and inpatient rehabilitation. It's important for the user to stay away from the drug and any friends who use it, as the user will be highly susceptible to a relapse if they find themselves in the same environment as other users. Since opium addiction is physically and psychologically powerful, the addiction persists for a lifetime and the user should maintain complete abstinence from the drug.
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