The term “opioids” refers to both natural and synthetic versions of opiates, drugs derived naturally from the opium plant. Opioids — which have legitimate medical uses and are commonly prescribed to mitigate pain — block neurotransmitters in your brain which respond to dopamine, the hormone responsible for pleasure and anticipation. With these receptors blocked, dopamine continues to flow freely throughout the brain producing feelings of intense euphoria and sedation. Common opioids include:

  • Codeine
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)

Opioids, like all narcotics, are highly-addictive for this reason. Users will want to repeat these experiences, but they will require increasing amounts of the drugs to achieve their earlier highs. Also, as users increase their habit, the brain will produce less dopamine, which forces users to rely on opioids in the future to achieve these pleasurable sensations.

Since many opioids are prescribed, individuals who have not previously abused drugs may be introduced to these drugs and become dependent unintentionally and even addicted. The consequences of opioid dependence and addiction are incredibly high. Over two million Americans suffer from some opioid disorder, and nearly 30,000 have died from an opioid overdose according to one 2014 study. These statistics stress the critical need for a medically-supervised detox as well as comprehensive therapy and rehab, as Bayview Recovery offers.

Opioids’ Short-term Effects on the Body

Even short-term use of opioids can cause significant harm to the body. Their adverse side effects include:

  • Breathing problems
  • Compromised motor skills
  • Confusion
  • Constricted pupils
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Hallucinations
  • Itchy Skin
  • Lightheadedness
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss

Opioids’ Long-term Effects on the Body

Opioids, like all narcotics, can cause life-threatening health problems if abused on a long-term basis. Their adverse effects include:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Delusions
  • Lethargy
  • Paranoia
  • Personality changes
  • Seizures
  • Severe gastrointestinal issues
  • Situations
  • A weakened immune system
  • Withdrawal from or avoidance of social

Opioids’ Withdrawal Symptoms

Opioids have many severe withdrawal symptoms, which include overdose and death. Some additional symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Appetite loss
  • Chills
  • Confusion
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritability
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Restlessness
  • Shaking and tremors
  • Weakness

How Bayview Recovery Can Help You Overcome Your Opioid Dependency

If you suffer from an opioid dependency, you will require professional help to recover. Opioids are highly-addictive, and few if any individuals who have developed a dependence will be able to stop using them on their own. An attempt to quit will immediately bring on intense withdrawal symptoms which will further jeopardize the user’s health and often result in overdose and death.

To recover successfully, you need a tailored treatment solution like the one Bayview Recovery offers. An individualized rehab can help you break free from opioid dependency and learn ways to avoid future drug use. Our facility’s highly-competent staff and high staff-to-patient ratio ensure you will get the help you need to get healthy and stay healthy starting when you check-in.

Call Bayview Recovery today at 888.570.7154 to speak to one of our addiction specialists, verify your insurance coverage and begin your process towards recovery.