What is Opium Addiction?
Opium is one of the oldest drugs known to man. It has been around for centuries, and it’s rumoured that in the 17th century, over one-third of the Chinese male population was addicted. It’s use has declined in the modern era, replaced by more popular synthetic opiates such as heroin and morphine, but it’s still a dangerous drug with harsh consequences if abused.
Users have reported feeling nauseous and vomiting after their first dose. The next doses after that, however, strong sense of well-being and euphoria. They’re calmer and more relaxed. For a while. Other, more negative effects will set in, like slowed breathing, confusion, nausea, and constipation.
Long-term opium users will quickly fall prey to physical and psychological dependency. Users can very quickly develop a tolerance to opium, which leads them to take larger and larger doses to get the same sensations. Soon the compulsion to take opium will be so strong that it takes over every aspect of their lives.
People who use opium for a long time will suffer from withdrawal symptoms if they try to reduce their opium intake too fast. Withdrawal symptoms include nausea, intense aches and pains, diarrhoea, vomiting, and insomnia.