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Understanding What Opiate Addiction Does to Your Body

July 31, 2013

Opiate addiction has serious physical and mental consequences. To understand the effects of addiction on the body, it can help to know how opiate addiction works, as well as the long-term effects of both opiate use and opiate withdrawal. The Mechanics of Opiate Addiction When a person uses an opiate, such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, or heroin, the drug activates receptors in the brain that relieve pain and create a sense of calm or euphoria. Opiates mimic naturally occurring chemicals that our bodies produce in order to cope with sudden, extreme physical stress. These natural opiates allow the body to function…

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