Long-term use of opioids can affect most organs and systems of the human body and interact with brain cells negatively. As a result, you may experience lethargy, tiredness, muscle weakness, depression, severe constipation, persistent breathlessness, and many other side effects due to the continuous use of opioids. Unfortunately, long-term opioid use also leads to severe addiction to them. That’s why people may find it difficult not to take opioids despite their lethal side effects.
Platforms like Confidant Health provide an opportunity to overcome this addiction through their Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT). This program offers an integrated approach towards the recovery from opioid use so that you can prevent yourselves from further side effects of long-term opioid use.
How do opioids affect the brain and the body?
Special chemicals (called neurotransmitters) are present in the brain that control the feelings of pain and happiness. These chemicals (such as dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline) can act on different cells of our brain and are usually responsible for changes in behaviors, thoughts, and pain.
Naturally occurring opioids (known as endogenous opioids) are present in minimal quantities in the brain and can suppress feelings of pain, increasing happiness. Similarly, artificial opioids are often used to relieve pain and feel happiness. But unfortunately, long-term use of opioids can make you experience certain side effects related to the brain and body.
Long-term use of opioids affects the functioning of the brain and its cortex and temporal lobe. These parts affect our life, every activity like social interactions, memory storage, and how we process. Long-term use of opioids affect the brain and lead to:
- Decreased regulation of behaviors
- Malfunctioned emotional processes
- Poor memory
- Decreased problem-solving skills
- Poor decision-making abilities
Similarly, long-term use of opioids can also result in addiction, depression, increased tolerance, cardiac issues, respiratory problems, and muscle aches.