The New York Times reports that opiates are responsible for more deaths than any other medicine or drug.
Just like other drugs, Opium can be an extremely addictive drug, which would mean that people do not have to use it numerous times before they become dependent on and addicted to it. Opium is a naturally occurring drug while Opioids are drugs derived from opium. The New York Times reports that opiods are responsible for more deaths than any other medicine or drug in the United States.
To say that an individual has established an addiction suggests that they have developed a physical, as well as psychological need for the drug to stimulate euphoria. Once addiction kicks in, people become so dependent on the drug that they psychologically trick themselves into thinking that they cannot function without it. Some become so weak that they cannot even muster the courage to try to function without it. Those who realize that the drug use is affecting their life in a negative way and recognize that they harbor a harmful substance abuse problem that they want, but cannot control, the will to change and the courage to try to get their life back on track. This is the point when they may go for opium withdrawal and addiction treatment.
Although, when addicts decide to stop using opioids they experience withdrawal symptoms. Due to the repeated intake, the body adapts to chronic opioids use and when the use of the substance ceases the body responds with withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms have been described as flu-like in nature. The most common opiate withdrawal signs and symptoms include: