What is Opiate Addiction?

Opiate addiction comes in several different forms. Typically it comes from someone abusing either prescription pain killers or heroin. At the initial stages of use, the body can produce similar chemicals to compensate for the lack of receiving the opioid externally, if stopped. Thus, people can take prescription opioids for pain management without becoming addicted. But, as the person increases their use to achieve the same euphoric effect, the body hits a point where it can no longer compensate for a lack of receiving this external input of opioids. At this point, the person is addicted to opioids and needs to seek help medically.

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