Opiate addiction may not be the leading type of drug abuse in the U.S., but it is certainly one of the deadliest.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an estimated 9 percent of Americans have abused some form of opiates, which include heroin, methadone, Oxycontin, codeine, morphine, and Dilaudid among others. Among that percentage is the harsh reality of concentrated consequence. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that, in 2010, opiates were factors in three out of four deadly overdoses, particularly derivatives in pill form.
Opiates have a sneaky way of convincing a person’s body and brain of its “necessity”. It quickly adheres to receptors in the brain, rewiring a person’s physiology into believing it is as essential to survival as water. Yet, opiates have nothing to do with sustaining life. Many heroin addicts have reported feeling “dope sick” almost immediately upon first experimentation with the drug — a blaring warning sign of oncoming addiction and mortal danger.
The ugly truth about opiate addiction is its pernicious guarantee to kill. The talons of opiate addiction are sharp, destructive and relentless, clutching unsuspecting individuals within its poisonous grasp and refusing to let go. Sometimes the only way to break the hold is through substance abuse treatment.
Recovering from opiate abuse is not a pretty process. However, trained professionals that understand what getting well is about can provide certified care and priceless support. Fighting opiate abuse and addiction without help can be a fight to the death. Choose life.