Understanding Opiate Addiction and the Treatment Options

What are Opiates? ‘Opiate’ is an umbrella term encompassing both prescription opioids such as codeine, hydrocodone and fentanyl, and illegal substances including opium and heroin. They contain naturally occurring analgesic alkaloid compounds found in poppy plants. After alcohol they account for are mankind’s most widespread drug problem. Opiates are used for their euphoric effects. They release endorphins in the brain which reduces pain and anxiety and triggers pleasure and happiness. They can be taken in numerous ways including orally, by smoking, snorting or injecting which gives the quickest and most intense effect. There are several treatment options for addiction to opiates. Medicinal Treatment during Detoxification Methadone and Buprenorphine are both…
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