Made from either the poppy plant or synthesized in a laboratory, opioids are a broad group of pain-relieving drugs that help to alleviate pain by interacting with the opioid receptors in your cells. When these types of medications or illegal drugs travel through your blood, they attach to the opioid receptors in your brain cells, causing the cells to release signals to muffle your perception of pain while also boosting your feelings of pleasure. Given the positive effects that opioids have on pain receptors and feelings of pleasure, it is easy to understand why these drugs are so commonly abused.
Despite the sensation of “feeling good” that opioids create, they are actually quite problematic and even deadly. At lower doses, opioids can make you feel sleepy, but at higher doses, they can slow both your breathing rate and your heart rate. These effects are what ultimately lead to death. For this reason, it is especially important to follow your doctor’s prescription and advice when taking prescribed opioids for pain relief.
If you or someone you love is dealing with opioid addiction, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab to help. With our holistic approach toward treatment, our program addresses the psychological aspects of addiction as well as the physical. This is accomplished, in part, with the help of suboxone.
Part of a family of medications called “opioid antagonists,” which are the opposite of opioid agonists. As such, suboxone actually negates the “pleasant” effects of opioids by preventing them from activating pain receptors. This also helps to manage the symptoms associated with withdrawal. To learn more, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab today!