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Most everyone in our nation is aware of the problem we are facing with opiates. Highly addictive drugs are being given to patients to manage pain, but even one prescription to these opiates can develop a dependence and an eventual addiction. The opiate epidemic is a true and prime example that addiction is a disease. It’s not a choice. It’s a developed condition in which a drug hijacks the workings of the body so that it can only function normally with the drug present. Most individuals who have developed a tolerance, dependence and addiction to these drugs do recognize that there is a problem and want help. Fortunately, for those committed to living a life free from the grasp of these dangerous drugs, treatment is successful in helping to obtain long-term sobriety and recovery.

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What are Opiates?

Opiates are drugs synthetically produced to mirror the chemical components found in opium, the sap-like chemical substance taken from a poppy seed plant. They are utilized because of their pain reducing effects in the medical field. Conditions of chronic pain, injury, and post surgery usually are prescribed with opiates to manage symptoms of pain, but long-term use spikes the risk for a developed tolerance to these drugs. Some opiates are mixed with other chemicals to produce other effects combined with their pain reducing properties like acetaminophen, which results in the production of different brand names.

DIfferent types of opiates include:

  • OxyContin
  • Percocet
  • Vicodin
  • Demerol
  • Percodan
  • Oxycodone
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl

Understanding an Addiction to Opiates

Opiates are amongst the most addictive substances on the face of this planet. When taken, receptors in the body bind to the active ingredient of the medication and the brain respond by releasing mass quantities of dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for euphoric effects of taking these drugs but is also responsible for managing the reward process for daily activities like eating, sleeping, and intercourse. When the body starts to recognize these drugs, it eventually only starts to release dopamine when it’s present in the body. This is known as opiate dependence. So, when the drug isn’t taken, adverse reactions, known as withdrawal symptoms, take place. To prevent or stop these withdrawal symptoms, individuals can either endure them until detox is complete or continue the use of the drug. Since withdrawal is quite uncomfortable, most individuals continue to use opiates and eventually see the consequences of addiction affect their lives.

Treatment for Opiate Addiction

Although it is no easy feat to detox and recover from opiate addiction, it is completely possible. Individuals who commit themselves to treatment have a chance at redesigning their lives so that they are no longer a prisoner to their addiction holding cells. At All About Recovery, we understand that addiction affects each individual differently. This is why we work with our team of specialists to determine an individualized plan of treatment for each patient enrolled into treatment. Throughout treatment, individuals have the opportunity to take advantage of a number of treatment approaches including both traditional and holistic methods of treatment. Additionally, aftercare support is suggested and available for individuals who would like to continue to learn how to manage sobriety once treatment concludes. If you wish to learn more about how we help individuals struggling with opiate addiction, please visit our website or give us a call today to speak with one of our experienced addiction specialists.


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