Saturday, August 8, 2020

Opioids and Withdrawal

 The topic of addictions is never an easy concept to cover, the reason being that it hits home with too many people. Addiction has littered the world in every way imaginable, but the worst, in my opinion, is the opioid epidemic. I took Stockton’s Drug Epidemic class one semester and was absolutely interested in the process that occurs in the brain of addicts. Like the lifelong addicts shown in the video once hooked it is almost impossible to get off. The reason being is that there are specific receptors in your brain that match perfectly with an opioid. Once attached it blocks any pain and starts flooding the brain’s reward system with dopamine. However, the reason withdrawal from opioids is so hard is because it changes the way a person processes pain making the withdrawal even more painful.  

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