Vivitrol Shot for Opiate Addiction
Opiate and Opioid Addiction
Opiates and opioids are drugs structurally similar to one another. In technical terms, opiates are naturally derived from the poppy plant, and opioids are synthetic or semi-synthetic. For the most part, all of these drugs are just referred to as opioids. Opioids bind to specific central nervous system receptors. In doing so, they can alleviate pain by changing how pain signals are sent and felt. Opioids also trigger emotion and reward systems in the brain, causing the person taking the drug to feel high. With opioid addiction, people lose control of their use of the drugs. The use of opioids is compulsive with addiction, and it’s extremely difficult when trying to stop. With addiction, people will continue using, even when there are negative consequences.
Opioids can also cause physical dependence, even when a user isn’t psychologically addictive. When someone uses opioids, whether prescription drugs or heroin, they develop a tolerance. Tolerance means higher doses are needed to achieve the same effects. As this happens, the brain and body of the user become dependent on the presence of the drugs. If someone is dependent on opioids, they will experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop using them.
The incredibly addictive nature of opioids and their tendency to cause physical dependence have given rise to the opioid epidemic in the U.S. Millions of people are believed to be addicted to opioids and to misuse this class of drugs. Despite their best efforts, it can be difficult to stop. There is a substantial amount of research looking at various medications that can help people with opiate addiction. One such medication is Vivitrol.
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