According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there are hundreds of variations of opiates on the market today. Unfortunately, most people do not talk about the lure of opiates and opiate addiction. They are powerful drugs and it is as important to know the facts about addiction that no one wants to talk about as it is to know the signs and symptoms of addiction.
I Did It Because it Just Felt Perfect
One thing that people usually do not discuss is that people use heroin because it does make you feel good. Most people who self medicate with heroin describe a warm, happy, safe feeling rather than the depression, despair, or chronic pain that they normally feel.
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Unfortunately, these are not the only feelings that many feel at first. Depending on the opiate, most experience:
- depressed breathing
- loss of sexual pleasure
- inability to orgasm
- loss of any pleasurable sensation
Very often, these effects happen the very first time you use opiates. Depending on how much you take these effects can be severe enough to put you into a hospital or into overdose. No one ever mentions these effects. No one says anything negative as you are preparing to try a new drug.
I Wish I Never EVER tried
Once your body gets used to pleasurable feelings and you forget the negative side, you start using regularly. Then when you wake up you feel worse than you ever did before. Imagine having a flu that is so intense that you cannot move unless you are running to the bathroom or vomiting.
Once opiates take hold, the withdrawal is inevitable. It is impossible to avoid once you are addicted to it. Most people, who describe withdrawal, describe it as a worth than death experience. It is all of the symptoms of both arthritis and a very severe flu all at once. You are nauseous, throwing up, sitting on the toilet, and all of your joints hurt simultaneously. All of this is with the knowledge that relief from it is just a pill or injection away.
After a while, one pill, or two, or six, stop working and all you feel is the negative effects of it. You would stop taking it, except stopping throws you back into withdrawal and once you’ve experienced that you do not want to again.
I Lost Everything
When you become an opiate addict, you wind up losing:
- your family
- your job
- your health
- your home
- your life
- everything that you have ever worked for
Opiates can take everything from you, while you struggle with finding and using them. Slowly everything else fades away and you do not notice the things that you are losing at first. Then one day you wake up to reality and realize that the drug took everything.
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