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Opioids are potent painkillers and highly addictive drugs. As a group, opioids include heroin, as well as prescription medications such as fentanyl, oxycodone (Oxycontin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), morphine, and codeine. Opioids are so powerful that it’s easy to take a dose large enough to stop your heart unknowingly. This makes them especially dangerous when addiction leads to taking progressively higher doses.
Even when you take opioids to alleviate pain, you’ll feel the rush of euphoria that develops when opioids activate your brain’s reward system and trigger a large release of endorphins. Continuous opioid use causes physical changes in the brain, leading to an irresistible craving for the drug. That’s when you’re addicted.
Signs Of Opioid Addication
There are three vital signs of a substance abuse disordersuch as an opioid addiction:
You can’t control the urge to use the drug, therefore, you can’t stop using it. You keep using the drug despite the potentially harmful consequences
You start to avoid daily activities and fail to meet responsibilities at work and home so you can take drugs. You may take dangerous risks to obtain and use opioids.
You begin to build up a tolerance to opioids, so you need ever-increasing doses to achieve the same high. Additionally, you have withdrawal symptoms if you don’t take the drug.