Opioid use and abuse in the United States continues to rise and is at an all-time high. This country consumes the majority of the world’s opiates, yet only maintains a small percentage of its population. Is it because we are in more pain than other countries? Is it a harder life style or the work that we must complete daily? There is no possible way that our way of life is harder than that of other nations in this world. We are by far the most comfortable of all the nations. The truth is that we can afford those medications, big pharmaceutical companies are thriving on the business and substance abuse and addiction are incredibly high in this country. Levorphanol is another prescription opioid painkiller that is being abused at an alarming rate. This is a very powerful drug that requires a prescription. The drug cannot be easily refilled; physicians must rewrite a prescription for this drug to be refilled. The drug has been classified as a schedule II drug by the DEA, which means it has a high probability of dependence. There has been a tremendous rise in prescription opioid abuse and addiction in this country. In the ten year period following 2007, admissions for non-heroin opioid abuse have increased 414 percent. Levorphanol abusers and addicts prefer this drug because of the type of high that it provides. As such, they obtain the drug by presenting fake prescriptions, stealing, and doctor-shopping.

Addiction and Abuse

Substance abuse and addiction continue to grow in this country and prescription drugs are at the heart of that growth. Addiction is defined as a disease, which is characterized by drug searching and consuming even when the user understands the damage they are causing themselves. Addiction changes the way a person thinks and feels. When a drug, like Levorphanol, is abused the body becomes accustomed to it. The body adapts by producing less or more of certain chemicals to combat the presence of this drug. When they stop using the drug the body will crave more of that drug because it is no longer producing natural levels of the body’s natural chemicals to stay ‘level’ or ‘normal’. Eventually a person only feels ‘normal’ when they are on the drug. Withdrawal effects are present when they stop taking the drug suddenly. They will feel ‘sick’, dope sick is a term for those suffering from opioid withdrawal. The symptoms are severe and often ‘force’ the addict to continue to abuse the drug to avoid those painful sensations. The process of feeling sick and high again to not feel pain cause the binge and crash addiction process.

Addiction to Opioids

Opioids abuse can become an addiction for several reasons. Like other drug addictions, opioids addiction can develop from genetics, brain chemistry, environmental, and psychological issues. Those individuals who have a history of substance abuse and addiction are more likely to develop an addiction to opioids. Brain chemistry is an integral part of addiction. Opioids works on neurotransmitters in the brain. Many individuals begin to use and continue to use opioids to balance a lack of a natural occurring neurotransmitter. Like other drugs, opioids is used for self-medication. The environment that a person grows up in or is surrounded by can contribute to the risk of developing an addiction. Young adults that grew-up in a hostile environment can have an increased risk for developing and addiction. Modeling is another factor in becoming addicted to drugs. Children that witness family members abusing drugs are more likely to develop an addiction. Psychological factors can add to a person’s likelihood of developing an addiction. Many individuals dealing with an addiction do so in a self-medicating manner. Those dealing with mental disorders use drugs like opioids to deal with those unpleasant side effects.

Detecting Addiction: Family Matters

Addiction is a serious issue that families must deal with as soon as possible. Detecting a drug addiction is not always the easiest task, but not impossible. Drugs like levorphanol are very powerful and will change the way a person thinks, feels, behaves and appears. The signs and symptoms of levorphanol abuse and addiction will vary from person to person. Since Opioids is an opioid pain reliever many of the symptoms will be similar to other opioids. Symptoms can be visible in the addict’s psychological state, physical state, behavior, and moods. Side effects of Opioids include a calming and euphoric feeling. Those on levorphanol will appear extremely relaxed in a euphoric state. The drug will also cause individuals to feel depressed, anxious, and suffer from wide mood swings. The behavior of the addict will also be erratic. They will display drowsiness, increased time sleeping, decrease in appetite, apathy, increased hospital visits, doctor shopping, prescription forgery, stealing, healthcare fraud, and lying. Levorphanol is a prescription medication that requires written consent to obtain. When you abuse this drug you use it more than it is supposed to be used, which will require frequent refills. This will cause the individual to seek medical attention much too often. Doctor shopping is an action where an individual visits several different doctors to obtain mass amounts of a drug. Many addicts steal their prescriptions from other family members or friends if they must.

The physical signs of levorphanol addiction can be detected. An overall negative change in their appearance could be the result of opioid addiction. Those abusing this drug could suffer from a nagging cough, weight gain or loss, tremors, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes with large or small pupils and a change in sleeping patterns. Opioids produce a high in users that causes them immense ‘relaxation’ and ‘euphoria’, therefore addicts may seem as if they are nodding off or half asleep. Overdosing on levorphanol is possible, symptoms include: confusion, cold and clammy skin, slowed or stopped breathing, pinpoint pupils, weak pulse, fainting or extreme drowsiness.

Environment and genetics play a pivotal role in abuse and addiction. A person who experiences substance abuse and addiction regularly is much more likely to develop an addiction themselves. It is important to keep children away from these dangerous situations because addiction has hereditary attributes. Even parents who consume alcohol is slightly irresponsible manners are more likely to have children that abuse alcohol and other drugs. Addiction affects the entire family.

Treatment for Levorphanol Addiction

Getting treatment for levorphanol addiction is like any other drug or opiate. It first takes the addict to realize there is a problem and they need help. Support from family and friends can help in an addict’s road to recovery. Entering an inpatient treatment center is the best way to overcome an opioid addiction. It is recommended that opioid addicts seek professional treatment because the withdrawal symptoms can be severe. Medical assistance can help to relieve these discomforts and is sometimes necessary. Many recovering addicts relapse during this withdrawal period because of the discomfort. Treatment centers also prepare addicts with the best tools and techniques to ignore and cope with triggers. These techniques help recovering addicts stay sober for long periods of time. This drug is an incredibly powerful and dangerous drug. Getting help is essential in dealing with an opioid addiction. Levorphanol is highly addictive and dangerous. Abuse and addiction can lead to serious irreversible damages.