When we talk about opiates, we often mention how users feel. But don’t forget that this is a chemical process. You don’t just sense that something is different. You’re changed at the cellular level.
Keep taking opiates, and your brain and body can grow dependent on them. Without a dose, you’ll feel sick.
Persist in taking them, and you could develop addiction. You’ll use despite the consequences, and you won’t feel capable of quitting.
People with addiction can feel trapped. But treatment programs may help you to push through your addiction and into a happier, healthier future.
What Is an Opioid?