Opiates are a class of drugs that act in the nervous system to produce feelings of pleasure and pain relief. Millions of healthcare prescribers legally prescribe opiates to manage severe and chronic pain. Commonly prescribed opioids and opiates include hydrocodone, codeine, oxycodone, oxymorphine, fentanyl, dilaudid, methadone, and morphine. Opiate addiction is a chronic disease that can cause major health, social and financial problems and is characterized by a compulsive urge to use even when they are no longer medically required. It’s not uncommon to find someone become addicted to prescription medication after an incident that requires medical attention and prescription drugs to moderate and control pain in the body. Even when opiate medication is taken as prescribed, there is still a high risk of addiction occurring in many people.
Opiates produce an overwhelming sense of euphoria or wellbeing and when being used for pain relief, many people develop a tolerance, meaning that more of the same drug will need to be taken in order to produce the same effect which is an easy upbringing to addiction. The tolerance to the euphoric feeling of opiates develops faster than the tolerance to dangerous effects do, therefore people often overdose by mistake because they are attempting to get a higher high and consume too much. A high dose of opiates or opioids can cause death from respiratory or cardiac arrest.
Withdrawal symptoms from opiates can be extremely uncomfortable and may last anywhere from one week to one month depending on which opiate/opioids are being abused. Some opiate withdrawal symptoms include low energy, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, runny nose, teary eyes, hot and cold sweats, goosebumps, yawning, muscle aches/pain, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
For people that suffer from opiate addiction, it’s important to break the cycle of guilt and shame. For those who wish to free themselves from opiate dependence, there are many choices to choose from in order to achieve their goal. There are a number of medications which can help with a detox program in order to make the detox phase as pleasant as possible. After the initial detox phase, an opiate addict is certainly at risk for relapse and should immediately move forward to a substance abuse treatment center in order to learn about their addiction and find a solution to recovery. After seeking help through a detox program and making it through the withdrawals stage, it’s highly recommended that the next step is to seek a treatment program for addiction in order to find a solution that allows a user to live a life without the use of drugs. Any Lengths Retreat is an all men addiction treatment center that utilizes the 12-step program in order to stay sober and treat addiction with an optimal method of recovery. We believe that working a solid 12-step program is the solution to recovery and to live a life of sobriety.