Opiate addiction is one of the few addictions that can go unnoticed for a very long time. It is also one of the worst addictions you can develop. Most recovering opiate addicts describe it as one of the worst addictions to get away from and one of the worst withdrawal periods out of any substances. Although the withdrawal will not kill you, it will make you wish that it did. It also has one of the highest relapse rates of any drug on the market today. There are other consequences to being addicted to opiates as well.
There are many legal consequences for you and possibly your doctor and your family to an opiate addiction. Depending on how severe your addiction is, you might steal, prostitute, or cheat people in order to get your fix. All of these activities are generally illegal and can cause you to wind up in jail when you are caught. Other legal consequences are:
- Incarceration due to possession of illegal or illegal amounts of opiates
- DUI or DWI
- Doctor shopping or purchasing prescriptions
- Defrauding doctors or pharmacies
- Opiate related crime
Opiates and doctors to prescribe opiates are expensive. Buying them on the streets is also extremely expensive. It might not seem like there are financial consequences at first but the longer you are on opiates, the more of a tolerance you will have to them. You will need more and more opiates to achieve the same result. Once this starts to happen, what you spend on opiates will gradually increase.
You can also lose your job if you suffer from an opiate addiction. This puts a strain on your finances and can cause you to lose your home.
Consequences to Your Family
The consequences to your family can range from loss of trust to all out being disowned. Although any addiction has consequences to family, opiate addiction seems to take a higher toll than many of the others. When you suffer from an addiction, you begin to neglect your friends and family in favor of the drug. Some of the more common consequences to your family are:
- Failure to attend important family get togethers
- Your family begins to distrust you
- You may consider stealing from your family members
- While you are on the opiate or coming down off it you may react violently or have displaced anger
- Some people abuse their family members while using opiates
- Family members may blame themselves for your addiction
Addiction is always difficult on friends and family, no matter how well you think that you are hiding it.
Opiate overdose is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Opiates are very dangerous particularly when taken in large quantities or with drugs or alcohol. Thousands of people die each year from overdose.
Fortunately, treatment is available. A treatment center can help you stop your opiate addiction before any of these consequences are realized.