Why do people get addicted to opiates?

Questions > Category: Addiction > Why do people get addicted to opiates?
Asked: 2018-01-18 22:24:33

I just attended my first NA meeting and I’m blown away. I don’t feel as alone with my demons and I kind of understand addiction a little bit better. But I want to know more. What is it about opiates that’s so addictive?

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Answered: 2018-01-20 18:11:12

Opiates interact with the brain’s chemicals and literally make you feel good. You may know that part already. What a lot of people don’t know is that opiates also start to replace some of these chemicals. This means that your brain isn’t doing what it needs to do to keep your body feeling normal. When you stop taking them, that’s when your withdrawals hit. People start taking them for any number of reasons, but they keep taking them to avoid feeling sick during detox.


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Answered: 2018-01-20 03:01:08

There are so many reasons why people become addicted to opiates. Some people are trying to numb themselves from the pain of abuse or trauma, and others are using them to make themselves feel more outgoing or better about a life situation. It’s almost always rooted in the psyche, and this is why it’s so important to get psychological help. Physically, your body can be totally dependent on them to feel even normal. It’s a vicious cycle, and one that’s really hard to get out of.


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