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How do opioids affect the brain ?

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There is a reason so many people are prescribed opioids for managing pain: They work. However, the downside is that opioids are extremely addictive, and even if you are careful not to misuse them, you may develop an addiction to them. 

An addiction to opioids is serious because it can affect your personal and social life and have negative effects on your health, such as slowed breathing and an increased heart rate. If you find yourself in a position where you depend on opioids on a daily basis just to get through the day, you may have an addiction. Fortunately, treatment professionals like those at Tulip Hill Recovery can help you break free from addiction and live a more fulfilling life.

How do opioids affect the brain?

The reason opioids are so addictive is because of the way they affect your brain’s pleasure receptors. Opioids work by producing a large release of dopamine, which induces feelings of pleasure and reward in the brain. Along with blocking pain, this creates a feeling of euphoria that people often want to replicate with further opioid use, thus leading to increased use and an addiction.

You can become psychologically addicted to opioids in a matter of days, and you can build up a physical addiction as you continue to use them. At this point, quitting is difficult and you will experience withdrawal symptoms when you don’t use opioids after a while.

If you recognize that you are struggling with an addiction, please seek help from recovery professionals like Tulip Hill Recovery. Quitting opioids on your own can be very challenging because of how addictive they are, but with the right team by your side, breaking free from addiction is possible.

Start your recovery journey at Tulip Hill Recovery

At Tulip Hill Recovery, we focus on discovering what factors in your life may be contributing to addiction in order to treat it at its main source. Our treatment model emphasizes the dual diagnosis approach, which means we treat addiction as well as co-occurring mental health disorders that might be fueling the addiction. This helps a person in recovery become better equipped for dealing with the challenges of mental health disorders without feeling like they need substances or alcohol to cope.

Are you ready to talk to someone about treatment for addiction for you or someone you love? Please contact us online or call us at 877-845-8192 to get in touch with our team and help start the recovery journey.

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