It’ll Never Happen to Me! 5 of the Best Excuses to Keep Abusing Opiates
It’s likely that no one starts abusing opiates with the intention of becoming addicted, and yet it happens all the time. Opiate drugs, such as oxycodone, codeine and heroin have a way of luring users into a false state of complacency. Meanwhile, the effects of the drug slowly but surely take over a person’s life.
During the course of a developing addiction, users start to make excuses to justify continued drug use. In actuality, these excuses are a part of a growing abuse-addiction cycle.
Here are the five best excuses to keep abusing opiates and the underlying effects these drugs cause along the way.
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5 of the Best Excuses for Abusing Opiates
1. “I’m Just a Recreational User.”
As harmless as recreational opiate abuse may seem, opiate effects accumulate over time. In effect, these drugs gradually destabilize the brain’s chemical system. These destabilizing effects become the driving force behind a growing addiction problem, according to the AAPS Journal.
More often than not, recreational drug use will increase in frequency and duration without a person even knowing. Also, the more often a person abuses opiates, the more likely he or she will ingest larger and larger amounts along the way.
2. “I Can Stop Whenever I Want.”
During the course of opiate abuse, the brain becomes increasingly dependent on the drug’s effects to function normally. During the early stages, physical dependency takes shape as withdrawal effects occur more often and become more severe. That being so, a person can stop using whenever he or she wants during the early stages of drug use.
Once the drug’s effects start to change a person’s priorities and behaviors, he or she no longer has the power to stop drug use at will.
3. “I Only Use Prescription Pain Pills, Not Heroin.”
In spite of the “legal” status of prescription pain pills, these drugs carry the same risk of addiction as heroin. Prescription opiates differ from heroin in that they’re formulated to produce controlled effects, such as relieving symptoms of mild, moderate or severe pain.
Once a person starts abusing prescription opiates, these safety features no longer apply, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Since prescription opiates are made up of the same types of compounds as heroin, the addictive effects of these drugs become just as harmful once opiate abuse practices take hold.
4. “All My Friends Use Opiates.”
If all your friends use opiates, your risk of developing an addiction problem runs even higher. In effect, addiction breeds a lifestyle that’s made up of like-minded friends, drug-inclusive activities and daily routines.
“Following the group” places a person at greater risk of falling into the type of compulsive drug-using behavior that leads to opiate addiction.
5. “It Doesn’t Cause Problems in My Life.”
Over time, opiate abuse will start to distort the mind’s perceptions as drug use starts to take on greater importance in a person’s daily life. During the early stages, opiates may not cause any problems as the drug’s effects have only affected brain functioning to a certain extent.
If you’re already addicted, nothing else in your world holds greater importance than using the drug. From this perspective, there are no problems as long as one’s drug-using activities remain unaffected.
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