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SouthCoast Recovery's Opiate Rehab Center
- Opiate Addiction Symptoms
Opiate Addiction Symptoms
Opiate addiction is believed to be a disorder of the central nervous system resulting from continuous use of opiates, ie: Opium, Morphine, and Heroin. Opiates are a class of a narcotic formed from the latex resin or “sap” released by cutting or scoring the seed pods of opium poppies. Prolonged Opiate abuse causes the body’s natural pain killers, known as endorphins, to no longer function properly. After long-term Opiate abuse, endorphins cease to be produced by the body naturally because it is instead receiving opiates. As an Addict’s nerve cells degenerate from extended abuse, a need for more Opiates and high physical tolerance will become present, requiring that more and more of the drug be ingested in order to avoid the onset of painful withdrawal symptoms.
Side effects of Opiate abuse may occur and are more likely the higher the dosage taken, these include:
• Hyperactive behavior
• Poor physical coordination
• Inability to concentrate
• Poor judgment
• Slurred speech
• Bouts of euphoria followed by bouts of extreme depression
• Accelerated heartbeat which can ultimately result in coma or death
Opiate addicts may display marked changes in behavior and attitude as the length of addiction grows longer over time. Relationships with family members and friends can deteriorate rapidly, performance at work and/or school can become dramatically decreased. Often an addict will lie to cover his or her using habits and can even be pushed into a life of crime to help finance their addiction. In the long-term, it is difficult to hide Opiate abuse for any length of time.
Over the past few years SouthCoast Recovery has been on the forefront of treating Opiate addiction more then ever before. This past year alone, clients that come to SCR for Opiate addiction treatment have been abusers of Opium, Morphine, Heroin or other narcotic drugs. SouthCoast’s program helps all addicts that are dealing with addiction, but young people are the biggest population that we are treating in the past years. Finding a place that will approach a young person’s outlook on life, as an Opiate addict is something that we do not take lightly. It is important for families looking for help with Opiate addiction to look at various rehabilitation solutions and make sure that a specific benzodiazepine program is available.
Opiate Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms
It is estimated that at least 10 percent of the population have abused opiates at some point in their lifetime. In fact, a number of addicts have become physically addicted to an opiate prescription drug like Vicodin, Codeine, or Hydrocodone through no fault of their own. For many addicts, simply following a prescription given to them by their doctor caused their body build up a tolerance to the drug and, as a result, a physical addiction or need for constant replenishment of opiates in their system. Frequently nowadays, patients who are prescribed addictive pain killers during a hospital stay find themselves enduring withdrawal symptoms upon returning home.
In the absence of an opioid drug as the body's natural response, a withdrawal sets in characterized by:
• Nausea and vomiting
• Hot and cold chills
• Muscle and bone pain
Opiate Addiction Treatment
SouthCoast Recovery utilizes the most cutting edge Opiate addiction treatment detox methods such as NTR to ease our clients through detox, making this phase as comfortable as possible.
The medical and social problems of Opiate addiction are extremely diverse and far reaching, and as a result, SouthCoast brings solutions to the client in a way that is tangible and easy to apply. Taking this into consideration we have put together to program that takes the mind, body, spirit approach to the client’s lives. We think that this is the best way to bring the client all of the Opiate treatment opportunities that we have.
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Opiate Treatment Services/Options:
• Intervention services
• Physical health evaluation
• Medically-supervised, social model and holistic detox options
• Medication to help with cravings, pain and sleep
• Continued physical care throughout recovery
• Psychological evaluation for dual diagnosis of problems such as depression and anxiety, which may be underlying causes of abuse
• Individual psychological treatment
• Individual counseling
• Family counseling
• Opiate abuse education
• Health and wellness education
• Denial management
• Relapse prevention
• Anger management
• Acupuncture for pain management, stress reduction and decreased cravings
• Detoxification massage therapy
• Meditation for stress reduction, a calmer mind, reduced cravings and clarity
• Fitness sessions at gym (24-Hour Fitness)
• Integration of 12-step principles and Narcotics Anonymous meetings
• Structure, guidance and practice for long-term sobriety
Getting clean takes courage, guidance, and structure. SouthCoast Recovery Opiate Treatment Center offers intervention, detox, medication and treatment to conquer Opiate addiction. Our world-class clinical staff offers daily individual attention to get to the heart of the problem, deal with the wreckage and build the framework for a new, sobriety-based life.
We offer affordable, effective rehabilitation on the cutting-edge. Opiate addiction requires extended care. We offer 30, 60 and 90-day Opiate Treatment programs tailored to the individual’s needs. We blend clinical and holistic Opiate Treatment methods to renew mind, body and spirit while restoring relationships, goals and purpose. This prepares our clients for long-term sobriety, allowing our Opiate addiction treatment program to excel where others fail.
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FAQ About Opiates
Q) What are Opiates?
A) One of the most widely prescribed medications, Opiates and its related medications, loricet, loritab percodan, and oxycontin are opioid-based pain medications. Opiates are a derivative of opium, which also used to manufacture heroin and morphine. Opiates are successful in diminishing pain, but are highly addictive and the withdrawal symptoms of Opiate addiction are very similar to the pain it was relieving. Opiates are some of the most commonly abused prescription pain medications today.
Q) How are Opiates used?
A) Opiates when abused can be injected, taken orally in pill form, chewed, or crushed (then snorted like cocaine).
Q) What are the effects of Opiates?
A) Over months of Opiate abuse the effects of the drugs will become greater and more damaging, at first the user will endure such effects as constipation, speeding up or the slowing down of the heart rate, nausea, and dizziness. As the use of Opiates grows the effects will come in the form of blurred vision, hallucinations, and severe confusion.
- respiratory depression
Q) What are the withdrawal symptoms of Opiate abuse?
- muscle pain
- bone pain
- cold flashes
- goose bumps
- involuntary leg movements
- watery eyes
- runny nose
- loss of appetite
Q) Are there prescription drugs that interact with Opiates?
- Sedatives: Halcion, Restoril
- Tranquilizers: Thorazine, Haldol
- Antidepressants: Elavil, Nardil, Tofranol
- Carbamazepine: Tegretol
- Other analgesics: Demerol
- Antihistamine: Tavist
- Anti-anxiety: Valium, Librium
- Anti-spasmodic: Cogentin
Q) What is Opiate addiction?
A) The fear of Opiate withdrawal can be a strong motivating factor in the continuing use of an Opiate, and more importantly, the feeling that more Opiates is needed to combat the same pain. Many people taking Opiates longer than medically necessary keep using them thinking that if they were to stop taking the Opiate, their pain would return; in reality, over a period of time, more and more Opiate is needed to have the same pain relieving effects and to ward off Opiate withdrawal symptoms. Many people end up taking more and more Opiate or changing medications and switching to a strong medication such as oxycontin or loritab and taking more and more of these, due to the highly addictive qualities of these medications.
Prescription fraud is a crime that is committed by many of the people who have become addicted to Opiates that have then had their supply cut off without being referred to treatment. An Opiate addict rationalizes thier behavior, which includes fabricating or exaggerating pain symptoms in order to illicit sympathy, seeking Opiate prescriptions from many doctors at the same time, and using fraudulent prescriptions, often created by altering the quantity or number of refills.
Most of the people who obtain Opiates by committing prescription medication fraud are good citizens who wouldn't commit any other crime. They are simply motivated to do this by the physical symptoms of their Opiate addiction, which may remain unrecognized by physicians. They may feel desperate and can see no way out other than the endless downward spiral of Opiate addiction. Many Opiate addicts often exaggerate or fabricate symptoms to a doctor hoping to convince them to prescribe more or stronger drugs than are necessary. Upon recognizing this, the a doctor may refuse to prescribe any more medication to the patient. The Opiate addict at this point may do one of several things, and often they may end up seeing one or many other physicians simultaneously to obtain Opiate medications or physician hopping. The discovery of prescriptions for Opiates written by more than one physician is evidence of this.
Often times, Opiate addiction goes unrecognized by all, including the Opiate addict until abrupt changes occur. This change can come in the form of arrest and incarceration of the Opiate addict for prescription fraud; when this happens, the Opiate addict cannot obtain Opiates and will go into Opiate withdrawal.
Q) How often are Opiates abused?
A) It is estimated that in 1999, nearly 4 million people were currently abusing prescription drugs non-medically. Of these, approximately 2.6 million misused pain relievers, the most common of which were Opiates.