Narcotics or opiates are pain killers that are derived from opium. Though some are synthetic in nature, many come directly from opium. These narcotics include drugs such as codeine, darvocet, oxycodone, oxycontin, vicodin and percocet. Individuals prescribed these drugs typically take them for moderate to severe pain caused by an injury or a surgical procedure. Some long term chronic pain patients are also prescribed this type of drug for pain management.
These medications are highly addictive and a tolerance can build up in your system after taking them for a fair amount of time. This tolerance will cause the individual to seek more of the medication in higher doses to try and get the same feeling they once did with drug.
In addition to the issue of tolerance when it comes to narcotics, these drugs are physically addictive and psychologically addictive. This means that the body actually feels a need for the drug after a time and it thinks it needs it all the time to stay free from pain. In addition the mind believes that without the drug the body will suffer pain and that the individual cannot go through a day without the drugs. These factors make it easy to become addicted especially after long term usage.
How Are Narcotics Abused?
Narcotics are most often abused by individuals who have been prescribed a pain medication such as vicodin, oxycodone or oxycontin for a pain relief following an injury or a surgical procedure. These individuals take these medications and in some cases find that they quickly like the way they feel on them. After continued use their body becomes used to the drugs and can't get enough to keep that feeling requiring that they get higher dosages or more of the drug. This becomes a physical addiction in that if they stop taking the drug the body protests and causes great discomfort and pain with withdrawal symptoms.
The body believes that it needs the drugs which in turn causes the mind to believe the same thing. Although the drug is abused on the street the majority of the individuals addicted to narcotics started by taking them as a prescription for pain due to an injury. The individuals will purchase the drug on the street from others with prescriptions, steel them from wherever they can find them and lie to medical professionals to try and get prescriptions written for them.
The addiction to these drugs is usually appeased by taking the drug orally in pill form. Those who abuse narcotics will typically do anything to get the next bottle of pills and find that they need more each time they use just to get the feeling that they are looking for. The withdrawal symptoms are so painful that they don't know what is pain from their original injury and what is symptoms of not having the drug.