Opioids are depressive drugs. This means that they slow activity in your brain and spinal cord. That’s how they stop the pain, but it also has many unintended consequences. Over time, opioid addiction can deplete motivation, cause depression, and trigger anxiety. It may also cause brain damage, organ failure, and serious relationship issues.
Eventually, opioid addiction is no longer a choice. People continue using and abusing opioids because their body goes through painful withdrawal when they stop using the drug. Withdrawal can be debilitating, and can even make you sick. In this regard, opioid addiction is a real disease that demands real treatment. Without treatment, the addiction will only get worse.
In some cases, opioid addiction causes users of prescription pills to turn to heroin. Using an illegal drug is inherently dangerous, potentially spurring catastrophic legal consequences. Intravenous use of heroin can destroy your body and even kill you. It’s also a source of HIV/AIDS and numerous other diseases. This means that there’s no better time than right now—right this moment—to stop. With opioid addiction, there might not be a tomorrow.