Suboxone and Subutex Information: Opiate Definitions, Endorphin Downloads

Suboxone and Subutex Information: Opiate Definitions, Endorphin Downloads

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Opiate Drugs, Opioid Drugs, Endorphins And Endophin Downloads

Before understanding how buprenorphine works, it is necessary to understand the way that all opioids and opiates work in our bodies.

Opiate Definition

An opiate is a substance that is obtained from the opium plant, and includes drugs like:

  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Codeine.

Opioid Definition

An opioid is a synthetic narcotic that acts like an opiate in the body. Some of the most common include:

  • OxyContin
  • Vicodin
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Lortab
  • Lorcet
  • Percocet
  • Methadone

Endorphin Definition

Opioids and opiates activate receptors in the brain that increase endorphin production. The word "endorphin" was created in the 1970’s by combining the words endogenous (something originating in an organism) and morphine.

Endorphins are protein molecules that bind with receptors located in your brain, spinal cord, and other nerve endings. Simply put, endorphins block pain signals from reaching the brain. Think for a moment about what happens when you bend your elbow: there are bones moving against bones. Or think about your ribs: when you breathe, your chest expands your ribs. Were it not for endorphins, many of the normal acts of life like breathing, walking, talking, and more would be uncomfortable or even painful.

Endorphins are naturally produced by a variety of activities such as running, swimming, cycling, skiing, deep breathing, and even laughter. Because of our different DNA and metabolisms, the amount of endorphins produced by us and the activities that produce the greatest amount of them varies from person to person. For some people, they may start to feel an endorphin rush, sometimes called a “runner’s high” after exercising for ten minutes, but others may not get a similar feeling until they have exercised for half an hour or longer.

An interesting for those of us who love chocolate, there is new evidence that suggests that endorphin production can be elevated by chocolate. It is also elevated by eating hot chili peppers – the hotter the peppers, the greater the endorphin production. Music has also been found to stimulate the production of endorphins. Our bodies can also naturally produce endorphins by sending chemicals to activate endorphin receptors. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

Opioid receptors are molecules on the surfaces of cells to which opioid compounds attach and through which they exert their effects. Different types of opioid receptors are present in the brain.

This may at least partially account for the fact that some of us are more sensitive to pain than others. Some of us can fall and not feel more than discomfort while others may experience real pain when they fall. Many believe that the difference between feeling pain and not feeling pain is directly related to endorphin production in our bodies. For our normal activities, the body does a good job of keeping us from feeling pain. However, if we experience unusual pain like surgery or dental work, the body may not create enough endorphins to block the pain signals, causing us to feel pain.

Endorphin Downloads

When the person feels more pain than the body can handle with natural endorphin production, endorphin downloads can accomplished by taking an opioid. These drugs accomplish the endorphin download by activating endorphin receptors, and the resulting endorphins block the pain signals by increasing the endorphin production in the body. Taking these drugs to block the pain signals while the body is healing may not create dependence or addiction right away, you still need to be careful. While they serve an extremely important and useful purpose, you are still taking drugs that disrupt your body's normal functions which can lead to far more serious problems if you do not regulate your intake. This continued use of drugs to obtain endorphin downloads can lead to dependence or addiction.

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