What is a narcotic drug?

The term narcotics is most commonly heard on TV crime shows, and Americans generally associate the term with any drug. In actuality, narcotics are more specific. So what is a narcotic drug?

Narcotics – commonly referred to as opioids or opiates – are a class of pain-relieving drugs that come from opium, which is a drug produced by the poppy plant. Their painkilling abilities are what make this class of drugs the most dangerous in the country right now, at epidemic proportions.

Abusing Narcotics

There are various types of narcotic drugs: Illicit drugs such as heroin and prescription pain medications such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine. Narcotic drugs come in various forms, including tablets, syrups, capsules and intravenous injections.

These drugs can be taken responsibly and moderately, as prescribed, but tolerance, or the need to take more of the drug to achieve the same effects, naturally builds – increasing the chances a person will become physically dependent on the drug.

Often people use narcotics to suppress emotional pain beyond the physical. The euphoria that comes with narcotic use makes both prescription and nonmedical recreational abuse so common. But the dangers are real.

When opioid prescription drugs are taken without a medical need, the effects can be life-threatening, leading to overdoses and even death.

Narcotic prescriptions are bought, sold and traded on the black market, right along with heroin and cocaine. But some opioid prescription drugs are readily available in the family medicine cabinet, particularly if family members or pets have undergone surgical procedures.

Signs and Symptoms of Narcotic Abuse

  • Absence of pain (analgesia)
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Euphoria
  • Itching or flushed skin
  • Poor judgment
  • Respiratory depression
  • Risk of choking
  • Sedation
  • Slowed breathing rate
  • Slurred speech
  • Small pupils
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Red Flags of Abuse

  • Addiction
  • Clogged blood vessels
  • Collapsed veins
  • Coma
  • Compromised immune system
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased pain sensitivity (hyperalgesia)

Withdrawal Symptoms Of Narcotics

Narcotics work by adhering to specific proteins called opioid receptors – found in the brain, gastrointestinal tract, spinal cord and other bodily organs. When these drugs attach to said receptors, they reduce the perception of pain.

Users who take opiate drugs for long stretches of time can affect their body’s ability to reduce pain naturally. Chronic opioid abuse can also contribute to nerve cell degeneration as well as debilitating withdrawal symptoms of narcotics that begin when a person tries to reduce or stop taking the drugs completely.

Narcotic Addiction Treatment

Sovereign Health believes treatment for narcotics needs to be individualized to each person’s nuances to be effective and support recovery that lasts. We provide effective care for those in need of narcotics treatment at our narcotics rehab centers.

Sovereign Health of Arizona begins recovery with a complete biopsychosocial assessment to determine the level of care and milestone markers for progress. This facility specializes in trauma-informed care for those who have overcome abuse and have remaining post-traumatic stress.

We are a hub of cognitive and alternative therapists, doctors, nurses, clinical concierge professionals and residential attendants mindful of trauma triggers and residual flight or fight responses. Our rehabilitation is full spectrum and our living spaces are accommodating.

A narcotic treatment program with Sovereign Health features alternative therapy such as: yoga, equine, music, art and exercise. Cognitive therapies, specific process groups and family therapy are also part our regimen. To learn more about our treatment programs, please contact our 24/7 helpline.

The comfortable living spaces offered in Chandler, Arizona provide a safe haven women’s retreat-like atmosphere where positivity, mutual edification and healing thrive.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

At Sovereign Health’s narcotic rehab centers, our formidable team of health care professionals has a track record of success in treating a litany of prescription drug addictions – including narcotic dependency.

We are licensed to treat mental health issues, in all its manifestations: mental disorders and addictions. Sovereign Health of Chandler is accredited by the Joint Commission. We ensure that our patients are medically supervised 24/7 to facilitate a smooth recovery. If you are interested in learning more about Sovereign Health’s adolescent treatment programs, contact our admissions staff at our 24/7 helpline.

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