The National Institute of Drug Abuse estimated approximately 560,000 Americans age 12 and older abused heroin in 2006, and 10 of the 15 highest regions of non-medical pain medication use were in Southern states.
Opiate addiction is now known to be a chronic brain disease who's risk is influenced both by genetic and environmental factors. Use of opiates disrupts normal brain functioning, and
prolonged use may result in changes to the extent that the brain does not return to "normal" upon stopping opiate
use. Whether, or to what extent, the brain recovers is highly individual, depending on both length of use and biological factors.
Due to variability in brain recovery, many addicts may require prolonged treatment or supportive medications in order to discontinue
their addictive lifestyles. Because opiate use activates the area of the brain associated with pleasurable experiences and
survival, such as eating, opiate use begins to mean survival to the addicts brain. Additionally, the brain's natural pain
killers, known as endorphins, are no longer produced due opiate use. Disruption of endorphin production is thought to be associated
with a need to increase opiate use in order to avoid the onset of painful withdrawal symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms of
Opiate addiction is characterized by lack of control over drug use, compulsive craving and use of a drug,
and continued use regardless of the physical, emotional and social consequences. Some of the signs and symptoms of opiate
addiction may include but are not limited to:
- Hyperactive behavior
- Poor physical
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor judgment
- Slurred speech
- Bouts of euphoria followed
by bouts of extreme depression
- Accelerated heartbeat which can ultimately result in coma or death
addict may display marked changes in attitude and behavior. Relationships with family members and friends deteriorate rapidly.
Performance at work and/or school decreases.
The road to opiate addiction treatment begins by understanding that this is a brain disorder and not a will power or moral issue, and that treatment options are available to those that suffer with this disease.
PREGNANCY AND OPIATE ADDICTION
If you are pregnancy get help right away. Talk opennly with your obgyn, counselor and medical team. Be honest. .
TO KNOW WHILE ON METHADONE,
ALABAMA Methadone treatment centers that accept state funding have priority
Pregnant Woman with IV Substance Abuse Disorders
Pregnant Woman with Substance Abuse Disorders
All Other IV Substance Abuse Disorders
All other Substance Abuse Disorders