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More and more people are struggling with opiate addiction, and each year more individuals die as a result of an overdose. The opiate epidemic in the United States is at highs that the country has never seen before. The problem is affecting people of all ages from teenagers to baby boomers. One of the most urgent problems is that more people are using stronger, more dangerous opiates sooner. Learn more about the opiate addiction rehab program at Crestview Recovery Center.

By 2017, over 17% of the U.S. population had an opioid prescription with the average person receiving 3.4 prescriptions.

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Some Common Opiates

Opiates come in many forms. They derive in one form or another from opium extracted from the poppy plant or created within a laboratory. These drugs are used to manage pain. However, because of their potency, many opiates are prohibited or strictly controlled. When receiving opiates to treat pain, it’s vital for health care professionals, patients, and their advocates (friends, family, or loved ones) to monitor the use of them.

Some of the most common forms of opiates used and frequently abused include:

  • Codeine: Designed to relieve light pain and coughing, this is one of the least potent opioid painkillers. Doctors frequently prescribe codeine and it’s found in some OTC (over-the-counter) medicine. However, the doses are strictly set for the particular issue needing it. Codeine is frequently mixed with sugary, carbonated drinks to create narcotic mixtures for parties. Thus, it’s important for patients to monitor their prescriptions to make sure they aren’t being taken by others for inappropriate purposes.
  • Fentanyl: This is one of the synthetic or lab-created opiates. As such, it can be up to 100 times more potent than morphine (one of the first opiates used to relieve pain originally in combat settings). Doctors only prescribe fentanyl in extreme cases when a patient’s pain is not or cannot respond to other medications. Unfortunately, fentanyl is being mixed with other painkillers for illicit purposes creating dangerous situations. Individuals inadvertently taking fentanyl routinely overdose or suffer death.
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid): This painkiller usually comes in extended-release tablets and is very strong. Like fentanyl, abuse of this painkiller can quickly result in death from even one use.
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin): This painkiller is frequently combined with acetaminophen or ibuprofen to be prescribed. However, when an individual suffers from opioid use disorder they can quickly develop a dependency on the medication.
  • Heroin: This narcotic is outlawed nearly everywhere. However, for those to initially become dependent on opioids, the availability of heroin as an illicit drug allows them to continue in their addiction. Of first-time heroin users, 80% came to heroin after misusing prescription opioids.

While these are some of the forms opiates can take, it is not a comprehensive list. Shared among all these forms of opiates is the dampening of pain. This is because each works on the brain’s chemistry in a similar fashion but at different degrees. Also, shared among these forms of opiates is the fact that the vast majority can only be legally obtained through a doctor’s prescription. Unfortunately, the medication is so strong that patients often run into issues.

Medication and Opiate Addiction

An opiate addiction can start in a variety of different ways, but one of the most common is as a result of receiving a prescription after an injury. Doctors may prescribe opiates when individuals hurt themselves, have chronic pain or are recovering from surgery. There are also those who turn to opiates as a way of getting high that provides euphoria or escape. What many people don’t realize is how quickly an opiate addiction can progress to something potentially fatal.

Most people can take opiate medications without a problem, but some people develop issues immediately because of a genetic component. These individuals generally begin craving opiate drugs after the first use. Many others may have never experienced a problem with drugs or alcohol before, but develop a major issue when they begin using opiates. The long-term use of opiate-based medications can lead to tolerance, then abuse and then a severe addiction.

We provide patients with a variety of therapies to address their needs such as:

Trauma Therapy

Family Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Holistic Drug Therapy

How the Problem Progresses

When people take opiates on a regular basis, their bodies begin to need the medication to feel normal. Opiates target the neurotransmitters of the brain, stifling the brain’s communication with pain receptors. This gives individuals relief from the medical issue they are struggling with allowing them to heal without being in discomfort. However, because opiates trigger the release of such large amounts of brain chemicals like dopamine, the body can become used to the sensation. Tolerance can lead to dependency. Because of this, when people can no longer get the medication from a doctor, they may begin buying it illegally. This can be very expensive, causing many people to eventually turn to a more potent drug, like heroin.

If they don’t get an opiate drug fix, they can develop harsh symptoms of opiate withdrawal. These withdrawal symptoms can be severe. This is why before entering a treatment program, many facilities have patients go through medically supervised detox. Some common withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Irresistible cravings
  • Aches and pains in muscles and bones
  • Agitation and anxiety
  • Sleep issues such as insomnia or difficulty staying asleep
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) and elevated heart rate
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In medically supervised detox, patients are given a safe, secure space to undergo withdrawal. This allows our professional staff to monitor patients to help as they experience acute symptoms. Also, medical professionals are near at hand so that if complications develop, the patient can receive immediate attention. The benefits of medically supervised detox are clear. Rather than going through self-detox, which can be dangerous and is regularly ineffective, supervised detox sets up patients to enter a treatment program on a strong footing.

Don’t let prescription opioids or opiate addiction control your days. We can give you the support you need to take back your life.

Those Looking for a New High

Many people who develop opiate addictions do so because they’re simply looking for a way to get high. More specifically, this group is generally either looking to experience euphoria, avoid feeling a difficult emotion, or find an escape. In fact, alcoholics often eventually begin to abuse opiates in conjunction with alcohol to enhance the high.

One of the big issues is that when people progress to heroin, they put themselves in a very dangerous situation due to its potency. Heroin is much more potent than morphine, and drug dealers are starting to cut it with Fentanyl.

Fentanyl is a prescription opiate that is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin.

Crestview Recovery’s Opiate Rehab Program

There are different reasons as to why a person starts using drugs, but they eventually continue using to feel “normal.” Most people who struggle with opiate addiction want to stop but find it impossible, due to painful withdrawal symptoms. Because of this, the first step to getting better is to go through a medical detox to deal with the symptoms of withdrawal. Afterward, drug treatment helps these individuals identify the root of their addiction and begin the long road to recovery.

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Crestview Recovery provides top-notch drug prescription drug rehab. Some of the programs we provide to patients include:

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

Extended Care

Aftercare

When you’re ready to begin a new life of sobriety, you need to learn about addiction and how to prevent relapse. Our facility gives men and women the opportunity to learn how to maintain sobriety once they leave treatment. You can find out about our treatment programs by calling 866.262.0531 today.