August 23, 2017

Dependent and Addicted to Narcotics

Narcotics addiction is sad to say, very common. Studies show that 1 in every 5 teens has either used narcotics or similar drugs. “Street” narcotics are typically defined as: Heroin, Cocaine, or Methamphetamine. This list also includes prescription medications, such as: Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines, Amphetamine, Opium, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Morphine, and Hydrocodone. Narcotics are best defined as opiates. The physical dependency an opiate addict has upon the narcotic is not pleasant. When a person addicted to an opiate based narcotic is separated from the drug, their bodies become aware immediately and go into a progressive withdrawal. The withdrawal consists of flu-like symptoms: runny nose, watery eyes, body aches, vomiting, sleeplessness, Diarrhea, hot & cold flashes, and sweating. Mentally the narcotic dependent person will become agitated, depressed, and anxious. Once over the initial physical withdrawal, all narcotic addicts experience post acute withdrawal symptom, which can last anywhere from 6 to 18 months. Narcotic Dependency and addiction is a serious issue. It is imperative for the addict to seek help with their narcotic dependency. Failure to do so will lead to a life of constant struggle or death. Treatment for narcotic dependent addicts is available and can be successful with the full cooperation of the addict.