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Opiate Addiction Treatment

Opiate addiction is the compulsive and chronic abuse of any derivative of the opium produced from the poppy plant. Technically, opiates refer to drugs like heroin, codeine, and morphine. The term “opioids,” however, covers many similar opium-based drugs such as Oxycontin, Fentanyl or Vicodin.


The Hard Facts

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, at least 26 million of people around the world are hooked on pain relievers, morphine or heroin. In the US alone, there were around 2.1 million opiate dependents in 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, meanwhile, reveals that opioid overdose was responsible for 183,000 deaths in the US between 1999 and 2015.

Even prescription opioids and opiates are highly addictive. In fact, as high as 25% of people who are under medication to relieve chronic pain end up being addicted, leading to an increased need nationwide for quality opiate addiction treatment centers such as Ranch Creek Recovery

The figures show that over 1.5 million Americans were addicted to opiates in 2014. If that figure is hard to imagine, here’s a clearer breakdown: Over an average 24 hours, more than 1,000 people are admitted to hospitals over opioids.


Why Are Opiates So Addictive?

Opiates are by definition all powerful painkillers – they remove the brain’s capacity to register pain and in doing so provide relief for acute and chronic pain types such as past-surgery recovery and toothaches, among much more. In higher doses, or when smoked, snorted, or injected opiates also create a calming rush and euphoria in the users. The opiate addiction treatment experts at Ranch Creek have found that due to the fluctuations in serotonin and dopamine caused by opiate use, and in combination with the pain-relieving properties, users of opiates can quickly become dependent on them.

Another reason why opioids are very dangerous compared to other drugs is that people could not fully grasp the danger of overdose. Chronic pain sufferers, for instance, build a tolerance to their opiate of choice and so need to take more to get the same effect. As time goes on when their bodies build tolerance, the dosage increases and risk for overdose increases similarly.


Symptoms of Opiate Addiction

Below are the red flags you should look out for if you know someone who is taking prescription opioids:

  • Lack of attention or concentration
  • Short-term and long-term amnesia
  • Numbness
  • Lethargy
  • Skin rashes/itchiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Shrinking pupils


Addicts often lose interest in their families, work, friends, and hobbies. Our experienced staff knows this is a similar behavior to someone suffering from depression, and so dual diagnosis in opiate addiction treatment may also be necessary.


Withdrawal Symptoms

When usage of opiates is stopped in someone who is physically and psychologically addicted, withdrawal will ensue. The duration and intensity will depend on the type of opioids, and for how long he or she has been dependent on the substance.

Nevertheless, you can expect to see the following:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Violence
  • Irritability
  • Perspiration
  • Anxiety
  • Runny nose
  • Chills
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (whereas the addiction will cause constipation)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tremors


Are You or Your Loved Ones Struggling with Opiate Addiction?

Seek help immediately. Ranch Creek Recovery has a 30-day, 60-day and 90-day residential drug and alcohol rehab program for people struggling with their addiction. Unlike the more traditional 12-step method used by other drug addiction treatment centers, our Murrieta, CA-based center offers a more holistic approach for patients. Our staff works closely with patients to design a customized treatment plan, working round-the-clock to help ease your path toward sobriety. The luxurious and intimate atmosphere of our opiate addiction treatment center provides the ideal setting for patients to begin their journey toward sobriety. Call now to find out more.

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