Opioids are psychoactive substances that have morphine-like effects. They are used medically to deliver a strong pain relieving sensation and general feeling of well-being. They are also known for their recreational use, as their effects also include deep relaxation and very strong euphoria.
While in some cases they can be obtained in a pure form, as prescribed by your doctor, they usually come in the form of tablets laced with other light analgesic substances (that are damaging and present to prevent people from abusing the opioids) like paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin. Thankfully, these harmful substances can be removed by performing a cold water extraction.
- Pain relief
- Suppress cough
- Treat addiction
- Strong euphoria
- Deep relaxation
- Warmness and well-being
Opiates are alkaloids that come from the opium poppy – they are completely natural. The main opiates are morphine, codeine and thebaine.
Opioids is a much broader term, it includes all drugs with morphine-like effects, natural (opiates) and synthetic. This means that both opiates and substances derived from natural opiates, which are called synthetic or semi-synthetic, like hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl are all opioids.
When used correctly opioids are absolutely safe, studies have shown.
Opioid analgesics, unlike many other drugs like paracetamol, do not cause any harm to a specific organ.
Now, their adverse side effects are:
Dependence and Addiction
Opioid use for extended periods of time, like nearly all other drugs and medication, can cause physical dependence and psychological compulsion to consume the substance.
But, unlike other drugs, it has been extremely hard to find any evidence to prove that opioids cause addiction, although tolerance does increase with use and withdrawal will ensue if there is an abrupt stop. The conclusion from these studies has been that if opioid intake is properly managed, one can get all the benefits they provide with little to none possibility of addiction and other bad side effects.
Psychologically speaking though, it’s different. Users can get used to their effects, either medically or recreationally, to the point that they will want to keep using it and with higher regularity, leading to addiction and withdrawal symptoms if not consumed. Withdrawal symptoms include dysphoria, irritability, mood swings, tremors and vomiting.
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If you feel like you have fallen into opioid addiction or are losing control over the use of these substances, please read the articles below to find out what it means to be addicted to opioids, what to do and how to stop. Remember, we’re here to help you 24/7 as well, just send us a message.
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