At PVRC’s Opiate Rehab, we think it’s important our clients understand the true nature of the substances that have come to exert such control over their lives.

The History of Opium

Opium is an extract of the exudate derived from seedpods of the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum. The poppy plant was cultivated in the ancient civilizations of Persia, Egypt and Mesopotamia.  Archaeological evidence and fossilized poppy seeds suggest that Neanderthal man may have used the opium poppy over thirty thousand years ago.  Less controversially, the first known written reference to the poppy appears in a Sumerian text dated around 4,000 BC. The flower was known as hul gil, plant of joy.  Papaver somniferous is the only species of poppy used to produce opium. It is believed to have evolved through centuries of breeding and cultivation from a Mediterranean-growing wild strain. Opiates are among the world’s oldest known drugs and include heroin, morphine, codeine, oxycontin, dilaudid, methadone, and others amongst their ranks. The use of the opium poppy for its therapeutic benefits predates recorded history. The analgesic effects of opiates produce decreased perception of pain, decreased reaction to pain, along with an accompanying increase in pain tolerance. The side effects of opioids include sedation, respiratory depression, constipation, and a strong sense of euphoria. Opioid dependence can develop with ongoing administration, leading to a withdrawal syndrome with abrupt discontinuation. Opiates are well known for their ability to produce a feeling of euphoria. Due to these euphoric feelings, along with their capacity to alleviate pain, opioids are a strong candidate for addiction.


Opiate Rehab for Addiction at PVRC

Opiates are a class of drugs that are commonly prescribed to patients who need moderate to severe pain management. Common types of opiate-based, prescription drugs include morphine, oxycontin, and codeine. Opiate abuse begins when the patient starts taking the medication on their own terms, more frequently than what their doctor has recommended. But opiate abuse isn’t found only in patients who are prescribed the drug. Because of its popularity as a street drug, opiate abuse is even more prevalent in those who use it recreationally.  Over time, the body will begin to tolerate opiates, which means that the patient or recreational user will have to start increasing their use of the drug in order to achieve the results they are looking for.  When this occurs, opiate abuse is well under way. The main problem here is that one does not remain in the opiate abuse phase very long. Due to its highly addictive properties, the abuse quickly evolves into a physical dependence, or addiction. Once an individual is addicted to opiates, withdrawal symptoms begin as early as a few hours after the last administration, making it extremely difficult to stop using the drug.


Opiate Rehab at PVRC

While opiate abuse can quickly evolve into an addiction if left untreated, alternatively, it can be overcome with the administration of proper addiction treatment.  In most cases, this requires admission into a residential drug rehab center, preferably one with an on-site detox program like our opiate rehab program at PVRC. The key to a successful recovery from opiate abuse is to find the treatment program that best fits your needs. To help maximize this potential, there are many different types of programs available, some offering specialized care for dual diagnosis patients. Although there are many types of Opiate rehab programs available, it is important that the Opiate addict take the time necessary to properly to figure out all his or her options.  At PVRC, our facility has been designed to promote a comfortable, healing experience, managed in a soothing atmosphere.  We know that if the recovering addict is not comfortable with their environment, the chances of achieving sustainable sobriety are considerably smaller. Opiate abuse is a severe problem in the United States and this specific class of drugs is responsible for countless drug-related deaths every year. If you or someone you love is suffering from opiate abuse, it is critical that professional treatment be sought immediately (source:

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.