Opioids are drugs that have painkilling properties. There are many prescription opioids available to help treat things like chronic pain. But, this category of drugs also includes an illicit and powerful substance called heroin.
When a person uses opioids, these drugs attach themselves to proteins in the brain called “opioid receptors”. As a result of this action, opioids block the pain receptors in the brain, causing the user to feel a decrease in pain.
But, although prescription opioids work to help relieve pain, these drugs can be highly addictive. Using them in excess can eventually lead to opioid dependence. After using these substances for a while, individuals may develop an opioid addiction. This could cause serious health complications and it could change the structure of the brain. Addiction can also lead to emotional disturbances, financial hardship, job loss, and relationship problems.
At North Jersey Recovery Center, we work to help our patients find freedom from substance use disorders. So, if you’re currently facing opioid addiction, please give us a call today.
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