Opiate Addiction Treatment
Opiates, also commonly referred to as opioids, are a class of drugs derived from the opium poppy. Despite their highly addictive properties, many opioids are in fact legal and come in the form of prescription medication. Some common prescription drugs that contain opioids include morphine, fentanyl, codeine, oxycodone (i.e. Oxycontin), and hydrocodone (i.e. Vicodin). Many of these medications are prescribed by healthcare professionals for pain relief. Other opiates, such as heroin, are illegal. When consumed in high doses, opiates can produce powerful highs which may temporarily relieve anxiety and produce an intense euphoric effect.
Given that some opiates are in fact legal, how do you know when opiates have become a problem? Using opiates recreationally or in any way not prescribed by healthcare professionals can be considered abuse. When opiate use transforms into taking more medication than prescribed, negative emotional or physical side effects while not using the drug, a desire to keep using despite health complications, or an impact on relationships, employment, or quality of life, it may be time to consider treatment.
OPIATE ADDICTION TREATMENT AT NEXUS
As drug addiction is classified as a chronic brain disease, it is best treated by healthcare professionals and therapists who specialize in addiction medicine and recovery. At Nexus, our top-notch clinical team works together to create a customized treatment plan for each client, therefore providing the tools and support necessary for clients to achieve and maintain sobriety.
To ensure that our clients receive the most personalized care possible, we maintain a small client to clinician ratio. Our treatment team also takes client feedback into consideration while creating and updating their individualized treatment plan, and consistently engages in honest conversation in regards to each client’s progress in the recovery process.
If you are considering treatment for yourself or a loved one, call us today.
Signs of Opiate Addiction
According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, an estimated 48 million people have abused prescription drugs. If you’re concerned about potential opiate abuse or addiction for you or a loved one, consider these warning signs:
- Using medication in any way not prescribed by a doctor
- An increased tolerance for the drug—needing more to get the same e!ects
- Going to multiple doctors for new prescriptions
- Putting yourself or others at risk while under the influence of opiates
- Trying to cut down or stop using opiates, but can’t
- Having symptoms of opiate withdrawal such as vomiting, tremors, insomnia, nausea, irritability, anxiety, or depression
- Excessive mood swings
- Stealing or selling prescriptions or engaging in illegal activities to pay for more opiates
- Lying about or becoming defensive when asked about opiate use
Long Term Effects of Opiate Abuse
In addition to the short-term health, financial, and familial problems that can occur due to opiate addiction, abuse of this drug can have several long-terms effects, as well. These may include:
- Liver damage
- Brain damage
- Abnormal pain sensitivity
- Increased risk of heart attack and heart infection
- Increased risk of HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C if injecting drug
- Hormonal dysfunction which may result in impotence and infertility
If you or a loved one are suffering from opiate addiction, we’re here to help. Contact us today and speak with one of our trusted recovery advisors.
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