We at CalmSupport understand opiate withdrawal and why you are researching this product. You or somebody you love may be addicted to opiates, experiencing withdrawal and realize something needs to be done. You are concerned, because you are witnessing the repercussions of addiction first hand. An opiate addict causes great harm to their body, their lives, and the people around them.
"The truth is that their brain chemistry has been altered by using opiates. Their neurotransmitters no longer fire the way nature intended...Their natural chemistry has been depleted and their mood depends on the synthetic form of opiates to fulfill the need their brain desires."*
If opiate addicts continues their abuse, the outcome tends to be grim: Death or Jail. I unfortunately know and sadly knew people whose addiction destroyed their lives. Don't become another statistic.
You can make a difference. If you are here for yourself, there is hope. Understand that your feelings and emotions you are experiencing are from the drugs. Your brain is doing whatever it can to make you feel “normal.” Unfortunately the “normal” feeling that the opiates are giving you are not real. You may not even remember what normal feels like any more. You've been stuck in a vicious cycle of taking opiates for so long that you use just to not get sick. I know what you are going through because I've been clean now for over 7 years. Do yourself a favor and take the first step to change your life. Decide to quit the lifestyle and take your life back.
If you are here for a friend, family member or loved one, you can help. Educate yourself about opiate addiction.
- Ryan Donnelly, Founder, CalmSupport.com
The brain adapts.
In response to the overwhelming surges in dopamine, the brain adjusts by decreasing the number of dopamine receptors available– thus diminishing the function of the reward circuit. Drug addicts are compelled to abuse drugs to bring their dopamine function back up to normal, requiring ever larger amounts to achieve the initial dopamine high– an effect known as tolerance.
Changes in neurotransmitters
other than dopamine.
Long-term abuse causes changes in other brain chemical systems, including glutamate, a neurotransmitter that influences the reward circuit and the ability to learn. When the optimal concentration of glutamate is altered by drug abuse, the brain attempts to compensate, which can cause impairment in cognitive function.
Drug abuse can trigger nonconscious
Conditioning is one example of this type of learning, whereby environmental cues, such as certain people or places, become associated with the drug experience and can trigger uncontrollable cravings if the individual is exposed to these cues, even without the drug itself being available.
Brain imaging studies of drug-addicted individuals show changes in areas of the brain that are critical to judgment, decision making, learning and memory, and behavior control. These changes are likely what drive an abuser to seek out and take drugs compulsively despite adverse consequences.*