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Opiate Addiction Treatment

What is Opiate Addiction and How Does it Happen?

There are multiple types of addictions such as addictions to alcohol, amphetamines, gambling, sex, and even social media. Opiate addiction is merely addiction to opiate drugs. Though many people use the term “opiates” or “opioids” when describing someone who is addicted to pain pills or the heroin epidemic, they often are not fully educated about the specific types of opiates and their effects on the human body.

Many people think of heroin when they talk about opiates and opiate addiction. Heroin is the most commonly used opiate, but it is not the only type of opiate. Multiple drugs fall under the category of opiates such as:

  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Hydrocodone (also known as Vicodin or Hycodan)
  • Oxycodone (also known as Oxycontin or Percoset)
  • Hydromorphine (also known as Dilaudid)
  • Fetanyl
  • Heroin
  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine (also known as Suboxone)

People who are addicted to pain pills often become addicted as a result of medical treatment. However, some people become addicted to pain pills through finding them in someone’s home and taking them for short-term pain or experimentation. “Pharm parties” are parties where prescription drugs are used for the same recreational purposes as alcohol. Pain pill addiction is a very expensive habit, which is why many people who become addicted to pain pills turn to heroin, which is the same high for a cheaper price. The common schema of someone who is addicted to heroin is a low-class young adult who lives on the streets, but in recent years, many working older adults who have families and honors high school and college students are becoming addicted to heroin as a result of becoming addicted to pain pills.

Opiates are depressants, which depress the activity of the central nervous system. Opiates are highly addictive because they mimic the body’s natural endorphins, which relieve pain and stimulate the pleasure and reward centers of the brain. The effects of opiates on the body are:

  • Produces temporary feelings of blissful pleasure
  • Allows temporary oblivion to problems and worries
  • Induces a temporary relaxed, drowsy state
  • Temporary pain relief
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Paranoia
  • Depression of respiratory system

The first time people try opiates, they achieve a high that is comparable to an orgasm. Most likely, they continue using opiates to achieve the same high. However, they can never achieve that high again. Eventually, they build a tolerance to it, so they keep using higher amounts. Addiction is a progressive disease, so their opiate addiction eventually progresses to the point that they need to use opiates in order to avoid excruciating withdrawal symptoms.


How is Opiate Addiction Treated?

Addiction is a physiological and psychological disease. Addiction treatment consists of treating the physiological and psychological aspects of the disease. Most of the time, spirituality is used to help treat the psychological component of the disease.

The first step to treating the physiological aspect of addiction is detox. This is one of the most difficult parts of addiction recovery because the sufferers have to face the excruciating withdrawal symptoms they have desperately dodged for so long by doing anything, including crime, to be able to use drugs. It is critical for detox to take place under the supervision of medical staff. Detox typically takes place for five to seven days. The second step to treating the physiological addiction is getting the mind and body reprogrammed to functioning without the drugs. On average, it takes 30 to 90 days for the mind and body to acclimate to functioning without the drugs. The treatment center will assist the recovering individuals in this process through teaching them nutrition, fitness, and yoga.

Treating the psychological aspect of addiction is an extensive process that goes beyond the 30 to 90 days of treatment. Psychological treatment is done using a variety of therapies and activities such as

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Twelve-Step Meetings
  • Twelve-Step Alternatives such as sober coaching and SMART Recovery
  • Family Therapy
  • Art and music therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Reading Twelve-Step literature
  • Hypnosis
  • Acupressure and acupuncture
  • Implementing accountability through regimented schedules, work, school, and family commitments

Recovery is a lifelong process, so the recovering individuals must continue participating in programs after treatment to help them maintain their recovery such as:

  • Twelve-Step Meetings
  • Reading Twelve-Step Literature
  • Twelve-Step Alternatives
  • Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)
  • Outpatient Programs
  • Fitness and Nutrition
  • Working and/or going to school
  • Religious or spiritual activities (optional)
  • Medication-Management (used only as a last resort for chronic relapses)

Moving into a sober-living facility or a halfway house is strongly recommended because they are able to stay away from the temptations in their old environment and will be able to live among other people in recovery. Community fellowship plays a significant role in recovery because the recovering individuals will be able to work together in maintaining successful recoveries, which is why Twelve-Step meetings are the most common form of after-care.


There is Hope for Those Who Suffer from Opiate Addiction

Opiate addiction can give the illusion of hopelessness. If you or your loved one is one of the millions struggling with opiate addiction, you are not alone. If you or your loved one are still breathing, there is hope for recovery from opiate addiction. Though recovery may seem difficult at times, it is very possible and offers a joyful life of liberty.

Seacrest Recovery Center is a small, private addiction treatment center that is located in beautiful Boynton Beach, Florida. They are committed to helping their clients break free from their addiction and achieve lifelong recovery. They accept clients who have non-government health insurance and/or have the ability to pay for treatment out-of-pocket. If you or your loved one is ready to start recovery or has general questions about addiction or treatment, call us today at 1-800- 411-8019


There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to addiction. Every person is unique and deserves the proper placement in the right program to best avoid potential relapse. Our “Phase Back to Life” outpatient programs combine the love, care, compassion and structure of a traditional rehabilitation center – along with a real life recovery program. We know you just want your loved one back and some peace of mind. That’s exactly how we designed our program. Call us today to learn more.

Our well-appointed facilities will ensure that your loved one is comfortable and safe.  We have taken great care to ensure that each individual feels at home from the start, so they are ready to engage in a life of recovery.  From the furnishings to the living environment to the qualified staff – we have thought of everything to make sure it’s all taken care of.


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