- Extreme relaxation
- Decreased sensation of pain
- Decreased sexual drive
Effects of Opiate Abuse on the Brain
Opiates bind to specific receptors in the brain call neurotransmitters that control moods, movements and physiology. The physiological effects include changes in digestion, body temperature and breathing. Use of opiates cause the neurotransmitters to fire at a high rate that would normally only occur during times of extreme stress. Sudden withdrawal of the drug from chronic users may result in fatality.
Long-term Effects of Opiate Abuse
Long-term abuse of opiates can have serious and severe consequences.
- Infections of the heart lining and valves
- Abscesses (with injection usage)
- Collapsed veins (with injection usage)
- Damage to the liver, lungs and kidneys
Effects of Opiate Abuse on Pregnant Women
Pregnant women can suffer extreme effects if they are abusing opiates.
- Spontaneous abortions
- Breech deliveries
- Premature births
Infants that are born to opiate addicted mothers would suffer similar withdrawal effects to that of an adult.
An opiate is a sedative narcotic containing opium or one or more of its natural or synthetic derivatives such as heroin, morphine and codeine. Any of these drugs are used to dull the senses and provide relaxation. When taken correctly they are used as painkillers and can be helpful as a prescribed method of coping of pain. With extended usage opiates can become quickly addicting once a tolerance is built. In the culture of substance abuse, opiates have a rapidly growing population of users. Opiates can be injected, smoked, taken orally in pill form or snorted.
Opiate Addiction Help
The severe effects of being an opiate abuser should be recognized as soon as possible. If you or someone you know is suffering as an opiate abuser contact our toll free number at (888) 858-5708. Call 24 hours a day to see what the best steps are to break the addiction.