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Drugs and Alcohol Addiction is a universal problem. There are several ways to overcome it.
Opiate addiction

Derived from the Opium seed, opiates suppress pain, reduce anxiety, and at sufficiently high doses produce euphoria. Opiate usage affects the cranial nerve cells that produce endogenous opiates (natural painkillers, or endorphins). As the body receives opiates, normal function ceases as the body stops producing endorphins. On the degeneration of these cranial nerve cells, the body becomes physically dependent on an external supply of opiates They quickly relax the user with an immediate "rush." The user drifts between different levels of consciousness, going back and forth from feeling alert to drowsy. Other initial and unpleasant effects include restlessness, nausea, and vomiting. The most common from of ingestion by mouth, smoked, or snorted. However quick and instantaneous pleasure is derived when intravenously injected. With drug addicts the danger of infections from intravenous needles, and intravenous overdoses causing respiratory arrests and deaths are high. With very large doses, the user cannot be awakened, pupils become smaller, and the skin becomes cold, moist, and bluish in color. Breathing slows down and death may occur. Street names of opium are Smack, Horse, Junk, "H", Hard Stuff.



Effects of Addiction

Opiate addiction has various effects-sedative, reflexes, movements, breathing which are slow, raspy speech, cold skin, and possible vomiting. A central nervous system disorder, opiate addiction is caused by continuous opiate intake.

Symptoms

Opiate withdrawal symptoms include agitation; anxiety; tremors; muscle aches; hot and cold flashes; sometimes nausea, extremely uncomfortable vomiting, and diarrhea. The dose and speed of withdrawal has a direct relation on the intensity of the reaction. Opiates, like heroin, that have spontaneous reactions on ingestion have more intense but briefer symptoms.

Treatment

By avoiding a lengthy disruption in the patient's responsibilities and life, holistic treatment diminishes addiction symptoms allowing the patient to re-establish a fruitful life.

 
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