How Does Opiate Addiction Start?

opiate addictionPeople often ask, “How does opiate addiction start?” The truth is, it is a very easy cycle to fall into.

Let’s say you get hurt, or have a procedure done. You are prescribed Vicodin to handle the pain. It is not a lot, mind you—just enough to make the recovery a little easier.

But you have trouble sleeping, and the Vicodin wears of in the early morning hours. It says “Take as prescribed,” but every six hours just is not cutting it. So you take more. You are not taking it to get high, but you admit, it does feel pretty good. It also helps with the boredom of being bed-ridden, so hey—three birds with one stone.

That is when the first stages of opiate addiction starts. You run out due to the double dipping, so you call the doctor for a refill. He obliges, but tells you to be careful—“Lay low,” he says.

It just is not working like it used to, though. So, you start taking three times the regular dose. In short order, the pain from the surgery and subsequent pain pills are gone, but that feeling…

You hit up a few people you know who might have some. One of them says, “No, but I know a guy who can get you something better. Meet me in a couple hours.” Great! Problem solved!

Except, he does not show up with a different kind of pill bottle; he shows up with some brown stuff in a little baggy. It’s heroin.

Whoa, that is not what I signed up for…but the person tells you that he got it fronted from his friend, and asks if you found anyone else to help out. You concede, “No.” Just this one time can’t hurt, though, right? Plus, it is a lot cheaper than the pills. Screw it—I’m not an addict unless I use a needle. That’s when it’s really bad. I’ll smoke it instead.

Holy…wow…you weren’t expecting that…

Why don’t people always do this? This feels fantastic for the time being…until you start feeling a little under the weather afterwards.

You learn quickly that the smell from smoking it simply won’t do. You don’t want to get caught. Family, friends, your boss, teachers, the law…can you imagine how that would out? What would they think? What are the options, though?

Besides, this is starting to get expensive again…maybe those guys with the needles were on to something.

The cycle of tolerance begins again, only this time there is nowhere else to go. It is drug and alcohol treatment if you’re lucky. If you’re not, it is jail or the cemetery. How did this opiate addiction start—where did I go wrong?

The truth is, it starts this way for many people suffering from opiate addiction. The circumstances might be different, but it doesn’t matter how the opiate addiction started—it matters when and how one asks for help.

Alcoholism and addiction are not moral issues. They are traps into which anyone can fall victim.

How does opiate addiction start?

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