Narcotic abuse is a growing problem in the United States. Narcotics are both widely prescribed and widely abused here in the United States. Most people that seek medical treatment are doing so because of some form of pain. Many physicians prescribe a number of drugs for pain and since narcotics are the most effective, they are prescribed often for their pain relieving and calming effects.
While many do take narcotics simply to ease their pain, narcotic abuse or narcotic addiction is when a user will begin to have strong urges to use narcotics.
Narcotic abuse can start as a person builds tolerance for the drug and rather than contacting their physician, they will take more than the dose prescribed to increase the effects of the drug. Some may even begin combining the narcotics with alcohol or other drugs to help maximize the euphoric effects of the drug. Methods of narcotic abuse may vary and some may even begin snorting, smoking, or injecting the drugs to get the rush from the drug.
Narcotics can come in many forms. Some narcotics such as Morphine and Codeine are derivatives of the Opium Poppy, which also makes them fall into the category of Opiates. Heroin and Methadone are considered to be semi-synthetic drugs. Heroin is still the most popular and most widely abused narcotic while many of the prescription pills are following close behind. Narcotic abuse can be just as dangerous and destructive as other addictions and dependencies.
Those that seek the pleasurable effects of narcotics will often put themselves in life threatening situations to achieve the maximum high or rush from the drug, often putting them at high risk of overdose or at risk of contracting a disease from the use of drug paraphernalia. If you believe that you or someone you know may have a problem with narcotic abuse, please call us for help. We are here to help you find a narcotic abuse treatment program that will help you regain control of your life.