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Treatment for Opiate Addiction 

Are you concerned that opiate addiction is affecting your life? Whether you started taking prescription opiates for medical reasons or tried them for recreational use and got hooked unexpectedly, opioids can have serious health effects when used inappropriately.

The prevalence of opiates as pain-relief drugs has resulted in an increase in opiate addictions among people from all walks of life. Opioid addiction can affect your family, your career, your friendships and your day-to-day life. Opioid abuse can lead to legal and financial troubles, and overdoses can cause permanent health damage or death. Fortunately, help is available.

Contact us at (877) 392-3342 to find out about the programs available here at The Treatment Center and get started breaking free of opiates.

What Are Opiates?

Opiates include any drug made from or resembling the chemical structure of the alkaloids in opium poppy flowers. While many people used to specifically refer to the synthetic versions as opioids, the terms opioid and opiate are now used interchangeably by medical professionals and government agencies.

Opiates work by attaching to opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract. Opioids reduce sensations of pain and cause feelings of wellbeing, but they can also lead to side effects even when used with a prescription. Constipation, confusion, drowsiness and nausea are common opiate side effects.

One of the most well-known opiates is heroin, which is an illegal drug. Other opiates include the prescription drugs codeine, morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone. These drugs can be used legally when prescribed by a doctor for pain management, but people who use them can develop an addiction over time. Using opiates in any way other than as prescribed can be dangerous. About 44 people in America die every day from opiate overdoses.

People take opiates in different ways. Typically, prescribed opiates taken to ease pain are provided in pill form or given intravenously in a hospital setting. People who abuse prescription opiates sometimes crush the pills to increase the effects. Heroin addicts inject the drug directly into their bloodstream, smoke it or snort it. In some cases, prescription opioid use is a gateway to heroin use. About 80 percent of heroin users report that they first started using prescription opiates before turning to heroin.

Signs and Side Effects of Opiate Addiction 

Opiate addiction can affect you mentally, emotionally and physically. If you've abused opiates with other drugs and/or alcohol for a longer period of time, your side effects may be more severe and life-threatening. So what are some telltale signs and side effects of opiate addiction?

Behavioral Changes:

  • Forging prescriptions
  • Stealing or selling prescription painkillers
  • Excessive mood swings/aggression
  • Problems concentrating at work 
  • Family or relationship problems

Psychological Effects:

  • Craving more of the drug
  • Poor decision making
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Memory problems

Physical Effects:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Drowsiness/insomnia
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Seizures
  • Depressed breathing
  • Death by overdose

If you or a loved one is struggling with any of the above signs or side effects of opiate use, you can receive the help you need. To find out how, call us for a confidential chat at (877) 392-3342.

Opiate Addiction Vs. Opiate Dependence

Dependence on opiates and addiction to opiates are separate parts of the same problem. Dependence is the physical part of addiction and can develop before a full-blown addiction takes hold, while addiction can include dependence along with psychological and social components.

Someone who is dependent on opiates develops a physical need for them over time. This means that the body will experience withdrawal symptoms if the drug is removed from the system.

Dependence can also involve a tolerance to the drug, which means that the person needs to use more opiates over time to get the effect once achieved with a smaller dose. Tolerance develops because the user's brain becomes desensitized to its normal opioid system. This makes the brain less able to induce feelings of pleasure and wellbeing, so the user turns to opiates to get those effects. People who develop a tolerance to opiates are at a higher risk for an overdose if they relapse and start using the drug again. This happens because after treatment, the body isn't used to the higher doses the person had worked up to before treatment. After withdrawal and detox, even a moderate amount of the drug can be too much.

Addiction develops when dependence turns into a compulsion to find and use opiates. Someone who is addicted can't stop using drugs, even when opiate use has become a major problem.

Some people become dependent on prescription opiates through no fault of their own during prescribed use, and this dependence can morph into addiction over time. When a person stops using the opioid as prescribed and starts using it too often, in higher doses than recommended or in a different form than prescribed, this is considered opiate abuse. Opiate abuse is a major sign that prescribed use has turned into an addiction.

Recognizing when dependence has developed and understanding the signs of opiate addiction can help you determine when it's time to seek professional help weaning off the drug.

Why Our Opiate Addiction Treatment Works

We are an accredited drug rehab facility with the Joint Commission. Our board-certified medical staff and licensed therapists are passionate about delivering the best level of care possible.

Once you arrive at our facility for treatment, we want to ensure you leave with a new positive outlook on life, ready to thrive in recovery.

With individualized treatment, we can focus on each patient's specific needs versus a one-size-fits-all treatment. We provide a wide variety of treatment programs and services such as:

  • Safe opiate detox
  • Group therapy
  • One-on-one counseling
  • Faith-based treatment
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Legal liaison services
  • Chronic pain management
  • Inpatient treatment
  • Intensive outpatient program
  • 24/7 medical support
  • Family therapy workshops

We help our patients transform their lives and stop relying on opiates or other prescription drugs. If you are ready to recover from opiate addiction, call us immediately at (877) 392-3342. Our admissions counselors can help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Managing Withdrawal Symptoms During Opiate Addiction Treatment

One of the big concerns about getting treatment for opioid addiction is a worry about getting through detox and withdrawal. When it comes to opiates in particular, withdrawal and detox are almost impossible to work through alone. Professional care, including medical monitoring throughout the process, is essential to ensure your safety during withdrawal and to prevent you from going back to opiate use to eliminate the symptoms.

Opiate withdrawal comes in stages, so the symptoms of withdrawal can change over the days or weeks after you stop using drugs.

Some of the first withdrawal symptoms that people experience after opioid addiction include:

  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Increased tear production
  • A runny nose
  • Excessive yawning
  • Excessive sweating

Once withdrawal progresses further, you might experience more symptoms. These later opioid withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dilation of the pupils
  • Diarrhea
  • Goosebumps on the skin

If you're withdrawing from other drugs or alcohol at the same time as opioids, you might experience additional symptoms. Withdrawal can be scary, but the medical professionals at The Treatment Center can help you get through them as comfortably as possible. Medicines are available to help you get through the worst of the symptoms, and our doctors can help determine the most appropriate treatment options for your particular situation

Opioid Addiction and Co-Existing Conditions

One issue that complicates opioid abuse and addiction treatment is that the use of opiates often occurs in conjunction with other conditions. People who started using opioids for pain relief might still have problems with pain after the addiction is treated. Those with depression or anxiety might need medication or therapy that helps ease those disorders in addition to opiate addiction treatment.

Some treatment alternatives you might encounter when dealing with co-existing conditions and opiate abuse include finding alternate medications to control pain, learning pain-control techniques that don't involve medication and therapy to deal with depressive episodes or anxiety-inducing situations.

People who are addicted to other drugs in addition to opiates might require simultaneous treatment for all of the various addictions. Alcoholism and opiate addiction produce different withdrawal symptoms, which makes detox management more complicated. People with multiple addictions can successfully recover, though.

The Treatment Center takes into account the whole person when treating addiction, so you can rest assured that you won't be left without relief for your existing problems once treatment is complete.

Recovery is Possible

With a variety of treatment programs and services, a strong alumni community and supportive staff, you can beat your opiate addiction. You will have all the resources you need to thrive in the sober living community.

At The Treatment Center, our programs are designed to help you progress from inpatient to outpatient treatment and smoothly transition into a life in early recovery.

To receive effective opiate addiction treatment at our detox and drug rehab center, call us today at (877) 392-3342. Our admissions counselors can help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays.

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the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval.