A class of drugs that is naturally found in the opium poppy plant, opioids work in the brain to produce a variety of effects. Most notably, they are used to relieve pain in those who may be struggling with moderate to severe pain due to injury or disease. Often referred to as simply “painkillers,” opioids may be prescribed through a doctor or they may be acquired illegally in a variety of ways. For example, prescription opioids may be sold to those who have not been prescribed the drug. Or, in other cases, “street” forms of the drug – such as heroin – may be sold and abused.
Regardless of the form of opioid that is used, the drug works by blocking the pain signals between the brain and body. In addition to helping to reduce pain, the drugs may also make some people feel relaxed, happy or “high”. As such, opioids can be highly addictive and can be deadly if used incorrectly or otherwise abused.
Side Effects of Opioids
Even when used legally and correctly, opioids may have a number of side effects. Some of these include slowed breathing, nausea, constipation, drowsiness and a general sense of confusion. In addition, regular use of opioids can lead to an increased tolerance and dependence on the drugs, which means the user must take higher doses on a more frequent basis in order to achieve the desired affect.
Due to the addictive nature of opioids, it may be necessary to complete a treatment program in order to treat opioid dependency or other opioid use disorders. One way to accomplish this goal is to use a treatment program that utilizes suboxone. To learn more about suboxone and how it may help you, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab today!