Breaking the Chains: Treatment for Opiate Addiction

For some addicts, their addiction to opiates was a gradual process.  They may have been prescribed painkillers for an injury, but overtime their use started to spiral out of control. For others, the moment they tried opiates they knew they were in trouble.

 

 

 

What are opiates?

Opiates, a class of drugs also known as narcotics, act as painkillers. In higher doses, the user will experience a sense of extreme calm and euphoria. In a high enough dose, the user can experience respiratory failure and death. Opiates include both illicit street drugs like heroin and prescription drugs such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycodone and Methadone.

What does treatment for opiate addiction include?

Opiate addicts will develop both a mental obsession with the drug as well as a physical dependency on it. If they attempt to quit using on their own, they will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms generally include flu-like symptoms, such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, cold sweats, chills and muscle aches. Treatment for opiate addiction starts with a medically supervised detox. This is to ensure that you are safe and as comfortable as possible during the detox process. Doctors who specialize in addiction treatment will prescribe Suboxone or Subutex, detox medications that help to alleviate the discomfort associates with withdrawal. The detox process usually takes seven days to complete.

However, breaking the physical dependency to opiates is only the first step in treating opiate addiction. Addressing the underlying issues that are often associated with addiction and addictive behaviors is vital to the treatment process. Getting sober is one thing—learning to use the tools that are offered to you in treatment is what will help you maintain your sobriety and begin enjoying the gifts of a life not controlled by drugs and alcohol.

There is hope. There is a Solution is a free treatment referral service that works with men and women who are struggling to overcome an addiction to opiates. We are addictions professionals that can help you determine your treatment plan. Our goal is to make sure that the path you take in your journey towards recovery is the best one for you and your specific needs. We can provide you with accurate and detailed information about various treatment options and work with you to determine which facility would be right for you. We work with treatment centers that specialize in the treatment of opiate addictions that can offer you the medical and therapeutic support you need.

To learn more about our services at There is a Solution, call us today at 1-800-832-5250.