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Get Opiate Addiction Treatment Today

Opiate addiction has been a source of pain and suffering for thousands of years, from the days of ancient Greece to the present. In the United States recent estimates suggest that more than 1 million people abuse heroin on a regular basis and that nearly 2 million people abuse prescription opiates each year, leading to countless deaths due to overdose. Those numbers have risen quickly over the past decade, making opiate dependence an urgent problem for society at large.

What Are Opiates?

An opiate is a type of drug used to relieve pain. Unfortunately, opiates are dangerous drugs with a high risk of addiction because they prevent the body from recognizing pain by interfering with important chemicals in the brain.

Heroin is an illegal opiate, but opiates also include a number of prescribed medications. The list of commonly prescribed opiates, often known as “pain pills,” includes:

  • Morphine (McContin)
  • Hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin)
  • Oxycodone (OcyContin, Percodan, Percocet)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon)
  • Codeine
  • Methadone

Many people believe these drugs are safe because they are prescribed by doctors, and most people use the medications correctly by adhering to their health care providers’ recommendations. However, addiction is more likely to occur when the drugs are misused.

Effects of Opiate Addiction on the Body

While opiates are used to relieve chronic pain, abusing these drugs can have significant negative effects.

The long-term consequences of opiate abuse may include:

  • Chronic or phantom pain
  • Low blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Seizures
  • Suicidal thoughts

Even in the short term, opiate abuse can cause:

  • Constipation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Intense drowsiness
  • Mental confusion
  • Nausea or vomiting

Signs of Opiate Addiction

As with other drugs of abuse, opiate addiction is defined as persistent, compulsive drug-seeking behavior despite significant negative consequences.

Common signs of opiate dependence include:

  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Constant fixation with finding and using drugs
  • Depression and/or social withdrawal
  • Increased secretive or deceptive behavior
  • Reduced ability to focus or stay organized
  • Restlessness and insomnia
  • Severe changes in mood or behavior

Prospects for Recovery from Opiate Addiction

Although opiate addicts suffer from a powerful physical dependence, recovery is possible. At Recovery Associates, our highly trained, multidisciplinary staff is well prepared to help those suffering with opiate dependence through their treatment process.

What to Expect During Opiate Addiction Treatment

Treatment with Recovery Associates typically follows three main steps tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual:

  1. Detoxification: The initial phase of detoxification, while not medically dangerous, can be extremely unpleasant because of the intense effects of withdrawal, ranging from chills to nausea to depression. For this reason, many opiate addicts enter a medically supervised in-patient setting so that they can undertake their withdrawal in a safe, drug-free environment. Recovery Associates can refer you to a local medical detox facility that suits your needs.
  2. Rehabilitation: Once withdrawal is completed, medication-assisted treatment combined with intensive individual and group counseling help newly sober opiate addicts to change the patterns of behavior that contributed to their continued drug use. During these sessions, patients work on developing important life skills and healthy coping mechanisms.
  3. Maintaining sobriety: Recovery Associates helps each individual establish a strong, reliable network of support that will aid them in taking control over their life and continue to work on a lasting recovery.

Recovery Associates Can Help You

Recovery Associates was created around the belief that addiction is a treatable illness. Our staff is committed to helping you and your family through the challenging but worthwhile process of recovery.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opiate dependence, call one of our care coordinators at 800-392-3180 to get help today. Or, if you prefer, fill out the form to the right, and we will contact you soon.

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