Opiates are a type of chemical substance that is both widely used and highly addictive. They are a branch of opioid narcotic, but unlike synthetic opioids like fentanyl or manmade painkillers like oxycodone or hydrocodone, they are naturally derived from the opium plant and include drugs like heroin, morphine, and codeine. Over the past several decades, opiate abuse and addiction have become major problems throughout the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, between 21 to 29 percent of all men and women who are prescribed a prescription opiate end up abusing it.
Opiate Addiction Destroys Lives
In the majority of cases, prescription opiate abuse eventually develops into heroin abuse (seeing as heroin is a more affordable and easily accessed alternative). It is estimated that around 80 percent of all individuals who begin abusing prescription opiates like codeine and morphine eventually turn to heroin. Overdose death rates related to opiate narcotics are also increasing throughout the country on an annual basis. MIDA also reported that as of 2018, an average of 128 people dies of an opioid-related overdose every single day. Overall, opioid abuse causes the United States an average of $78.5 billion annually. If you or someone close to you has been struggling with opiate addiction, reach out to Recreate Life Counseling today.
Opiate Addiction and Chronic Constipation
There are many physical symptoms associated with short and long-term opiate abuse. Some of these symptoms are more severe, and some are relatively mild. One of the more uncomfortable physical symptoms associated with opiate abuse is chronic constipation. There are many reasons why people might start using opioid narcotics – either they were prescribed an opioid medication to treat a pain-related disorder, or they were prescribed a medication like codeine or morphine to treat a chronic condition like fibromyalgia or degenerative joint disease.
Is Conspiration a Symptom of Opioid Dependence
Regardless of what the initial intention was, physical and psychological dependence can easily develop even if the medication is being taken exactly as prescribed by a medical professional. If you have been experiencing any of the following symptoms – or if you know someone who has – reach out to Recreate Life Counseling today. We will provide you with invaluable professional insight, and help you or your loved one get started on his or her journey of addiction recovery.
The more common symptoms of opiate abuse include:
- Continuing to use opiates despite steadily accumulating personal consequences (that are usually directly related)
- An inability to control or cut back on opiate use
- Changes in sleep patterns, typically marked by insomnia
- Isolating from family members and friends/an increased need for privacy
- Changes in eating habits which typically lead to weight loss
- Financial and legal issues
- Developing a tolerance over time
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped abruptly, which typically include flu-like symptoms (runny nose, stomach cramping, nausea, and low-grade fever) and general feelings of physical discomfort
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Chronic constipation
If you have been suffering from any symptoms associated with opiate addiction please feel free to reach out to us at any point in time – we are available 24-hours a day to help in any and every way possible. Dealing with the physical issues associated with opiate addiction – like chronic constipation – is certainly never fun. The good news is that these symptoms can be reversed over an extended period of sobriety.
Recreate Life Counseling – Comprehensive Care
Recreate Life Counseling is one of Southern Florida’s premier drug and alcohol treatment centers. Located in Boynton Beach, we serve men and women of all ages and walks of life who have been suffering at the hands of an opiate abuse disorder of any severity. We offer partial hospitalization (PHP) and intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment for individuals who have previously completed a higher level of clinical care or who are suffering at the hands of a mild substance abuse disorder and might not lead to such comprehensive treatment. For more information, reach out to us today.