Opiates are prescription medications used for pain management, they are also known as opioids. The prescription drugs produce a short-lived euphoria, that have been proven addictive. Familiar names of opiate medications are hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, codeine, methadone, and related prescription drugs.
The opiate epidemic in the United States has been the leading cause of accidental deaths, surpassing vehicular collisions. Drug users who start with prescription pill abuse can easily lead to a full blown heroin addiction. The harder opiates are to find, the more attractive heroin becomes. Heroin produces the same high as opiates and is substantially cheaper on the street.
Signs of Opiate Addiction:
- Small pupils
- Slurred speech
- Shallow breathing or slowed breathing
- Increased pain tolerance
- Flushed skin or itching
- Nausea/ vomiting
Dangers of Opiate Abuse & Addiction
Long-term use changes the way nerve cells work in the brain. Even those taking opioids for a long period of time as prescribed by a doctor can experience this change. When opiates are discontinued suddenly, the person can experience a number of unpleasant feelings and reactions, also known as withdrawal symptoms. When the drugs are used only to control pain, it is less likely that an addiction will form. They are also powerful anxiety relievers. Opiates are currently among the most abused types of substances available.
Opiate related deaths are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. The death toll per year of opiate overdoses resulting in death, has recently taken the lead to vehicular collisions. Every 19 minutes someone is losing their life to these deadly drugs.
Banyan Treatment Center’s Opiate Addiction Treatment
Recovery from opiates start with medical treatment to safely and comfortably detox from the drug. It is crucial that detox from opiates are medically supervised because it is one of the most traumatic drug detoxes. There are many uncomfortable aspects of detoxing, it is important to continue in an individualized treatment program because it is essential to begin treating the root causes of drug use and addiction.
An opiate addiction treatment plan comes with intense therapy sessions including individual and group settings, education on the disease of addiction, family support groups, relapse prevention, aftercare programs and so much more. Banyan Treatment Center’s goals are to support our clients during their recovery journey and always encourage their continuous growth, we feel the more supported our clients feel, the more courage they will have to continue in their battle against addiction.
If you or someone you know is struggling with opiate addiction or abuse, help is just a phone call away. Call Banyan Treatment Center now, we are here to help: (888) 781-9297.