When used as directed by a doctor, opioids can help to alleviate acute pain for those who are suffering from certain conditions or who are recovering from surgery or injuries. Since opioids are provided to patients as a routine part of pain management care, many fail to realize the potential dangers of opioid medications. So, what exactly are opioids and how can they be dangerous?
What are Opioids?
Opioids are a group of pain-reliving drugs that work by interacting with the opioid receptors in your cells. When they travel through your bloodstream, they attach to opioid receptors in your brain cells and then release signals that help to muffle your perception of pain while also giving a boost to your sense of pleasure. The drugs can be either made from the poppy plant or they can be synthesized in a laboratory.
How are Opioids Dangerous?
When used properly, opioids are generally considered to be safe. However, some individuals become addicted to the feeling they get when taking opioids, which can then lead to a number of health issues as well as death.
When used properly and even at low doses, opioids can also make you feel sleepy. When used at higher doses, they can slow your breathing and heart rate. This, in turn, can lead to death.
Due to the risks and dangers involved with taking high doses of opioids, it is important to seek treatment if you or a loved one becomes addicted or otherwise misuses opioids. With the help of a suboxone treatment program through Advanced Spine & Rehab, you can begin the process of recovery. Contact us today to learn more!