Opiates (also referred to as opioids) act like the natural chemicals your body makes to reduce pain. They are intensely addictive and both medical non-medical forms often lead to problems related to use. Opiates give a brief dreamlike sense of well-being and relaxation. They offer an intense euphoric effect for people seeking a high, followed by a severe and difficult withdrawal. Heroin, for example, produces a feeling of euphoria that is often followed by drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. Users of heroin also may experience constricted pupils, watery eyes, runny nose and itching. With heroin, as with most opiate drugs, users can easily become addicted and develop a tolerance for the drug. This can force them to take stronger doses in an effort to produce the same euphoric feeling. An overdose may produce slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma and death.

Some treatment approaches encourage replacement therapies (such as methadone, suboxone, and naltrexone) to lessen the cravings and withdrawals associated with trying to stop using opiates. We can help men reclaim a life of sobriety following a devastating addiction to opiates. Give us a call to learn how we can help men find a sober lifestyle through our CBT Rational Living counseling approach after getting off Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). Call us now to learn more 1-866-709-6988.

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