Opiate Addiction

At Pacific View Recover Center’s Opiate Addiction Rehab we find it necessary to give our clients as much information as possible about the substances that have come to wield such power over their lives.  Opiates are narcotic analgesics that directly depress the central nervous system.  Natural opiates are derived from the opium poppy, while synthetic opiates are man-made in laboratories, and designed with a similar chemical structure.  Natural and synthetic opiates are collectively known as opioids.  Morphine and codeine are the two natural products of opium.  Synthetic imitations of morphine produce the other opioids such as heroin, dilaudid, percocet, oxycontin, and methadone to name a few.  Effects of opiate use can vary depending on the method of use.  The user may have a flushed appearance and complain of dry mouth.  The user may also notice periods of “nodding off”, or going back and forth between feeling drowsy and alert.  The user may also complain about his/her limbs feeling extremely heavy. These effects will most likely disappear within a few hours, as the effects of the opiate wear off.


Opiate Addiction Symptoms at PVRC

Prolonged opiate use can cause an individual to become physically and psychologically dependent on the substance.  Opiate withdrawal refers to the negative symptoms that occur when someone who is dependent on the opiate in question stops using it abruptly.  As we know all too well at our PVRC Opiate Addiction Rehab, there are a variety of symptoms that an individual can experience when going through withdrawal. Some symptoms include irritation or agitation, cravings, sweating, muscle aches, cramps, anxiety, nausea and vomiting, shakes, insomnia, and diarrhea to name a few.  Some of these withdrawal symptoms can set in as early as a few hours after the last dose of the substance and can last as long as a few days.  Long term effects resulting from opiate abuse include: contracting an infectious disease like HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C due to needle sharing, bacterial infection, arthritis, liver disease, kidney disease, cell death in vital organs, brain damage, and ultimately death.  According to The National Alliance of Mental Illness, there is also a strong correlation between long-term opiate abuse and mental illness (source: http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Smoking_Cessation&Template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=152812).


Opiate Addiction Rehab at PVRC

The beginning of treatment for opiate addiction is detoxification — controlled and medically supervised withdrawal from the drug. (By itself, this is not a solution, because most addicts will eventually resume using opiates unless they get further help.)  Detox can take anywhere from a few days to a week, administered in a safe, professional, and controlled manner here at PVRC.  After that process is complete, promising treatments can then be initiated, including cognitive behavioral therapy.  This method of collaborative treatment for opiate addiction involves a close partnership between therapists and addicted individuals.  After successful detox and treatment, it’s imperative to continue the lifelong recovery process through a combination of regular attendance at 12-step meetings along with group and individual counseling, family therapy, relapse prevention, and aftercare.  If you or a loved one is suffering from opiate addiction, please don’t let another day go by without getting help.  Contact one of our admissions specialists today at 866-737-4962 to find out if PVRC’s opiate rehab is the right program for you.