Opiate addiction has been a source of pain and suffering for thousands of years, from the day of ancient Greece all the way to the present. In the US, 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.
While opiates are used medically to safely sedate and relieve pain for trauma patients and those who have undergone major surgery, abusing these drugs can have significant negative effects on the body.
The long-term consequences of opiate abuse may include:
Even in the short term, opiate abuse can cause:
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:
Although opiate addicts suffer from a powerful physical dependence, and often experience relapse, treatment is possible. At Recovery Associates, our highly trained, multidisciplinary staff is well prepared to help those suffering with opiate dependence through their recovery process.
Treatment with Recovery Associates typically follows three main steps that will be tailored to meet the specific needs of each individual, including an opiate addict:
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.