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Opioid Dependence

What is Opioid Dependence?

Opioid Dependence has many definitions’ but a common one is that it occurs when a person develops an abnormal tolerance for an opioid. This means that they need a higher dose of the narcotic than recommendedin order to obtain a high or sense of euphoria. Those dependent on opioid need the drug every day and if they stop they can experience terrible symptoms that can be very painful and that often force an addict to end any attempt to stop their dependence on the drug. The withdrawal symptoms are not life-threatening, but they are severe enough to ensure that an addict finds it almost impossible without professional support to kick their habit.

Warning Signs of Opioid Dependence

Opioid addiction impacts everyone differently. Therefore, it is important to get to know the various symptoms of the condition and to determine if you or a loved one are addicted to an opioid such as prescription medicine.

Here is a list of general symptoms that are tell-tale signs of an addiction to opiates.


Mood swings

Sexual Problems

Bad Constipation

Nausea/ Vomiting

Constantly seeking and thinking about an opioid.

Loss of interest in family and friends.

All these symptoms are severe and therefore it is important that a person seeks professional help to end their addiction or they may destroy their lives and those of their loved one. A suboxone treatment program helps a patient to kick a habit. A patient by undergoing an inpatient or outpatient drug rehab program and by using Suboxone they can successfully fight his or her addiction. This is because Suboxone helps to control the effect of drug withdrawal on the body and this, in turn, can help the process of detox. Suboxone is highly regarded for its ability to help individuals to end the nightmare of an addiction to opiates such as heroin.