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Why can’t I stop taking opiates?

It started with a back injury at work. Your doctor put you on pain meds and the results were tremendous. You went back to work and started doing your daily activities again. The problem is, it’s two years later and you’re still taking the pain pills.

Even worse, you’re taking more of them and the “addiction” has gotten so bad that you’ve resorted to illegal tactics in order to obtain the medicine. You recently bought pills on the street and now you’re in trouble with the law for illegal drug possession.

Why can’t you stop taking opioid medications?

Opiates are all about “feel good” chemicals in the body. Some types of opiates — when you take them — generate 100 times more feel-good endorphins that what occur naturally in your system. Imagine how good this would feel. The high received cancels out chronic pain as well, so people who take these pills get tremendous relief.

The problem is, when you take opioid drugs, your body gets flooded with endorphins and stops producing them naturally. Then you get trapped in a cycle of abuse. When you stop taking the pills, it takes a considerable amount of time for your body to resume production on its own, so you feel worse.

Even if you don’t have pain in the body, you feel terrible pain, anxiety, stress, depression and you could even become suicidal. So you take the pill again — anything not to feel so horrible.

When someone becomes chemically dependent on opioid drugs — like codeine, heroin, fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, oxycodone and others — his or her body chemistry is literally incomplete when he or she doesn’t take these drugs. So the cycle of addiction continues until the victim ends up in the hospital, in jail or dies.

Were you arrested for unlawful possession of pain pills?

If you were accused of an opioid offense caused by your addiction, you don’t just need to formulate a criminal defense. You need medical help to treat your addiction safely. Therefore, the first steps toward getting better will involve contacting a doctor immediately and gaining a deeper understanding of Georgia drug possession laws.