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Opium Abuse

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harvest of opium from poppy on the agriculture field. Illustration for opium abuse

Opium has been used around the world since ancient times. The pain management industry has exploded in recent years, offering opium-derived drugs that can be highly addictive and prone to abuse. Opium is very addicting and people can synthesize it to make heroin, which is illegal. Other drugs synthesized from opium include legal prescription drugs used for pain relief. These opiates include Vicodin, OxyContin, Norco, Percodan, Percocet, methadone, and Dilaudid. Abuse is when a person takes opium outside its prescribed usage. This includes taking too much, taking it more often than prescribed and using it in combination with other substances to increase its effects. People often abuse Opium to obtain a sense of euphoria it produces. Abuse of opium can cause an overdose. It can also lead quickly to opium addiction.

Opium Abuse Can Lead Quickly to Physical and Psychological Addiction

Abuse of opium or opium derivatives is dangerous. This has become a major problem across the world. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of abuse. It can quickly lead to addiction, which needs professional treatment. A person abusing opium may exhibit physical symptoms. For example, these include euphoric mood, drowsiness, slowed breathing, confusion, and constricted pupils. These are common side effects of taking the drug, but if a person is taking more than prescribed, the symptoms are likely intensified. Lastly, a person may stop breathing due to taking too much Opium. This is an overdose that can lead to death.
Furthermore, when abusing Opium, a person is likely to exhibit behaviors that aren’t typical. For instance, a relatively calm person may experience dramatic mood swings or a social person may stop spending time with friends and family. A loved one may notice more pill bottles in the garbage or secretive behavior. Often it is easier for those closest to the opium user to see their pattern of abuse. Recognizing the signs early is the key to being successful in recovery. It can make all the difference between early intervention and a spiraling addiction.
Waismann Method’s opium detox program manages opium withdrawal safely and quickly. This is important because withdrawal from opium and its derivatives is known to be very difficult. It can cause physical and psychological symptoms that are often painful and lend themselves to relapse. Making patients comfortable during detox is one of the keys to our success. Our medical procedure speeds up withdrawal which otherwise can last weeks or months. Once the anesthesiologist places the patient under sedation, the accelerated withdrawal occurs. Thus, symptoms come and go without conscious awareness.

Waismann Method Detox for Opium Addiction is Quick, Pain-Free

Our medical team monitors patients around the clock in a full-service hospital before, during and after detox. Patients receive special intravenous medications to cleanse the opium from their opiate receptors. This procedure takes less than two hours and patients awaken a short time later from deep sedation, free of opiate dependence. Our procedure eliminates the fear of withdrawal, giving patients a better chance at sustained recovery. Patients typically stay in the hospital less than a week – even as few as 3 days – and can be discharged after a medical evaluation. From there, staff transfer patients to our supportive and discreet Domus Retreat. This aftercare facility offers therapeutic and holistic treatments including art therapy, individual counseling and massage. Waismann Method and Domus Retreat team up to provide the most thorough opium treatment possible.

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