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Opiate Dependency

2012
04.12

Opiate Dependency

Aside from the increasing number of people who are becoming more and more addicted to illegal drugs and alcohol, the number of cases leading to opiate dependency is also fast becoming a growing worldwide concern. It cannot be denied that prescription drugs and even over the counter medicines can easily be purchased by almost anyone nowadays and with these comes the problem of uncontrolled dependency to such pills or medicines without proper diagnoses.

While the person dependent on these narcotics does not really see it as an addiction symptom, the dosage of his medicine intake might be increasing as his body becomes more and more tolerant to the effect of the drugs until such time that the body system could no longer function normally especially with producing its own endorphins to fight off the pain.

Many people say that opiate dependency is a nervous system disorder. There is always a threshold or level of pain that everyone is used to and for many who are opiate dependent their thresholds are not even met before they turn to their medicines to stop what bothers them.

Looking at the very purpose of these drugs, they are not made to be destructive and to cause people to suffer in the long run; on the contrary they are manufactured to help cure diseases and to alleviate certain feelings of pain, anxiety and trauma but the problem lies with the patient being too overly sensitive to what he feels emotionally would instantly take a pill until he feels relief. It is within the individual’s control to either take the pill or not on constant occasions where he feels the need to take it, and the more he depends on the drug to make him better, the more that it would take over his self restraint.

Sedatives and painkillers are the most common forms of opiate drugs that people cling to for instant relief. Although they can easily take away the pain or mellow down your anxiety, the effects can be lingering and addictive if you lose focus on consuming them. There is no telling when you may cultivate opiate dependency but normally the signs would be somewhat similar to any other addiction symptoms.

The person becomes more easily agitated; he loses focus on work and becomes restless especially with a little pain. The more obvious indication is that a person would obsess over his doctor’s appointment and would always see to it that he would have enough or as much as an unlimited supply of painkillers or depressants with him even to the point of lying about what he really feels making up symptoms that he knows would alert the doctor to provide him with the medicine he needs.

The worst thing that he might do would be to inflict pain on himself in order to get the physician to prescribe the medicine to treat him. Since opiate dependency can be categorized as already a drug addiction, the treatment and the methods of treating it do not fall far from the normal procedures needed to cure a drug addict or an alcoholic.

The detox program would still be an essential part of the healing process. Intervention and counseling should be more rigorous. Those that show symptoms of opiate dependency should already be given the needed attention as early as possible so that they may stay clear of being confined in a rehab facility.

Providing counseling at the very early stages of this problem would help the person delineate between the need to take the drug because it is an essential element of his treatment and taking it because he just feels the need to as well as to satisfy his body’s desire.