Vitamins for Opiate Withdrawal
Opiates are a drug class that includes substances derived from the poppy plant. The word opiate is used in the same context as opioids, which technically are synthetic or semisynthetic drugs. Both opiates and opioids have the same effects. The opiate and opioid class of drugs include prescriptions like morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and illegal drugs like heroin. These drugs have pain-relieving effects but are also very powerful and addictive.
When someone uses opiates or opioids, they bind to the opioid receptors in the central nervous system. When the opioid receptors are activated, it can also trigger dopamine to release into the brain at artificially high levels. Dopamine is a feel-good neurotransmitter, and this release causes people to feel high. Opiates and opioids can cause a cycle of psychological addiction because when dopamine is released, it activates the brain’s reward system.
Addiction is a chronic, psychological disease. When someone is addicted to opiates or opioids, their brain creates a compulsion to keep taking the drugs. Addiction is characterized by intense cravings, and even if someone tries to stop misusing drugs, they often can’t fully recover from substance use disorder without professional help. Dependence is something that can also occur with opiates and opioids. Withdrawal symptoms occur when a person who is physically dependent stops suddenly using opiates or opioids. Even when someone uses prescription opioids as directed by a physician, dependence may occur.
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