Opium had been used as a folk medicine as long ago as 100 AD. Opium smoking was introduced into China in the 17th Century, resulting in a severe addiction problem by the 18th century. Opium then made its way to Europe and North America where it was use as a painkiller and its addiction grew further.
What is Opium?
Opium is a milky latex fluid found in the un-ripened seed pod of the opium poppy. When exposed to air, the fluid hardens and turns black in color. When sold on the streets opium has many nick names such as skee, joy plant, and pen yan. In its dried form, it can smoked, eaten, or injected.
How does Opium work?
The way opium is delivered to the body effects the strength of the effects. When opium is smoked the opiate chemicals pass into the lungs and quickly absorb into the blood vessels that are sent to the brain and the effects are fast acting. When opium is eaten the effects are slow acting because the drug must pass through the stomach, upper intestines, and then into the liver before making its way to the brain. This process weakens the effects of the drug. When entering into the brain, opium binds to the receptors related to pleasure-enhancing endorphins and painkilling enkephalines. Opium users experience a rush of pleasure, relaxation, calmness, and physical pain relief.
The development of Opium Addiction
Continuous opium use often results in a tolerance, requiring more of the drug to reach the desired effects. The body quickly develops a tolerance, experiencing uncontrollable drug cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms such as;
- flu like symptoms
- muscle and bone aches
These withdrawal symptoms can last days, weeks or months depending on the severity of addiction. Those addicted to Opium often require the assistance of a treatment facility to overcome their addiction successfully.
Opium Addiction Treatment
When entering into an Opium Addiction Treatment facility you will go through an assessment process to determine the appropriate course of treatment. Going through the detoxification process you will be given a non addictive prescription medication the lessen the symptoms of withdrawal as well as help fight off drug cravings. Counseling in both a group and individual setting will help you get to the cause of your addiction and teach you how to deal with daily life stress without the use of opium. You can successfully quit using opium with the assistance of a treatment facility.