Opiates (also called opioids and narcotics) are derived from the opium poppy plant. Common opiates include morphine (heroin is derived from morphine), codeine, OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin. Opiates are prescribed by doctors to treat chronic or severe pain. If you or someone you love is addicted to opiates, please call us now at the Drug Detox Center to learn about our opiate detox program.
- Over 7 million people are addicted to prescription pain killers in the USA
- In 2007, opiate overdose deaths outnumbered overdose deaths from heroin and cocaine combined
- One in five people (12 years or older) have used prescription drugs for recreational purposes at least once in their lifetimes
- Taking a high dose of opiates can cause cardiac or respiratory arrest, leading to DEATH
Opiate Addiction Signs and Symptoms
Opiates are addictive because they cause the user to feel intense euphoria. Eventually the body becomes chemically dependent on the drug and builds up a tolerance to its effects. The opiate user might start to take more and more of the drug in order to get the same amount of relief. This will usually lead to an opiate addiction.
There are many signs and behaviors exhibited by people addicted to drugs. Most addicts will lie about their drug abuse or steal money from friends or family to pay for the drug. There are also physical symptoms associated with opiate addiction. These symptoms include:
- Muscle & bone pain
- Intense cravings for the drug
- Diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness
- Leg spasms
- Withdrawal symptoms when the drug is not taken
There are many long term consequences for opiate addicts. Opiates will eventually weaken the immune system and the user will suffer from heart and lung complications, including frequent pneumonia and bronchitis. Our opiate detox program will stop all of the effects in their tracks! Are you ready to get your life back? If so, then call us today at 1-888-387-6237 to learn more about our opiate detox program.
Opiate Detox and Treatment
People who are addicted to opiates will need to complete our opiate detox process before beginning treatment at our rehab center. The opiate detox process MUST be completed while under medical supervision because withdrawal can be life-threatening. At the Drug Detox Center, our doctors may prescribe non-addictive medication to ease withdrawal symptoms and to keep the patient stabilized and healthy.
Fortunately opiate detox only lasts a few weeks at most. After the detox process is complete, you will be able to begin our opiate detox treatment program at the rehab center. Our trained and licensed staff of psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, and addiction counselors will help you uncover the reasons why you became addicted. We offer many different therapies for our opiate detox treatment program including music therapy, art therapy, group therapy, and one-on-one counseling. We also offer family therapy to help the entire family heal from the destruction caused by the opiate addict’s actions.
Call us now to speak to one of our trained staff members for free! They will answer all of your questions about opiate detox and will help you decide the best options for treatment.