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Opium addiction

Opium addiction: Introduction

Opium addiction: An uncontrollable desire to use opium on a regular basis. Opium may may be prescribed by a physician for the purpose of pain relief but patients may become physically dependent on the drug and continue to obsessively use it even after the condition it was prescribed for has resolved. In other cases, opium addiction results from the illicit use of the drug for recreational purposes. Frequent use leads to an increased tolerance to the drug so higher and higher doses are required to achieve the desired euphoric feeling. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Opium addiction is available below.

Symptoms of Opium addiction

  • Uncontrollable craving for opium
  • Obsessive thoughts about opium
  • Secrecy about use of opium
  • Excessive amount of money spend on obtaining opium
  • Loss of appetite
  • more symptoms...»

Treatments for Opium addiction

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy, Motivational therapy, Addiction treatment programs, Counselling, Methadone - relieves withdrawal symptoms
  • Recognition of the problem by the patient coupled with a desire for change
  • Detoxification and management of withdrawal symptoms - as an outpatient or inpatient depending on individual patient factors. May involve use of medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, naltrexone, clonidine and lofexidine
  • Drug counselling
  • Psychotherapy - Cognitive Behavioural therapy, supportive therapy, analytical orientated therapy
  • more treatments...»

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Opium addiction: Complications

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Causes of Opium addiction

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Opium addiction: Undiagnosed Conditions

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  1. Opium addiction: Introduction
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Treatments
  5. Misdiagnosis
  6. Home Testing
  7. Types
  8. Complications
 

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