Why Opioids Are So Addicting & What Happens When You Overdose

Watch out! Opioids such as oxycontin, hydrocodone (norcos)  fentanyl, codeine and morphine are sooo addictive it’s unreal

How Opioids Work

According to Michael Weaver M.D., medical director of the Center for Neurobehavorial Research on Addiction at the University of Texas Health Science Center, these drugs stimulate a release of pleasure-inducing brain chemicals, which often triggers a feeling of euphoria,

It feels so damn good. But don’t be fooled. The longer you’re on prescription painkillers the more drugs you have to take to get to that euphoria, and later its all about taking the drugs so you don’t go into withdrawals, which are the worst.

Dr. Weaver also notes that opioids reduce central pain impulses which prevent your brain from registering that you’re in pain.

Why Opioids are Addictive

As time goes on and you’re on the drugs, it takes more and more painkillers to get that euphoric feeling. Moreover, the sense of euphoria some of us feel are hard to pass up. You are considered addicted to painkillers when you cannot stop even though your drug usage has many significant effects on your life–at this point, many people turn to the streets and use heroin to get high.

What Happens During an Opioid Overdose

When you do too much, your breathing slows down, becomes irregular , and it can stop completely and you wind up dead.  When you drink alcohol, even a mere glass of wine, or mix your painkillers with sedatives with opioids that can also be deadly.

To find treatment, you can get medication assisted treatment or try the Reichert Regimen I will explain in a future post.  In the meantime, to find a treatment center near you, ask your doctor for a referral or visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s treatment finder at http://www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov.





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