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Opiate Addiction Treatment

Opiate Addiction Treatment

Opiate Treatment

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the U.S. is currently in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. Since 1999, the number of opioid overdose deaths has quadrupled. Prescription opioid abuse has increased as has the use of heroin. Heroin-related deaths have more than tripled since 2010.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day, 91 Americans die from prescription opioid abuse and heroin. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by this epidemic.

If you or a loved one needs opiate addiction treatment, the counselors and addiction specialists at Destination Hope are ready to help. We can help you locate a medical detox so you can get take the first step toward conquering opiate addiction.

Call 877-771-1750 to speak with an admissions counselor.

What are Opiates?

Opioids, also known as opiates, are a class of drugs that include illegal and legal drugs derived from the poppy plant. There are three classifications of opiates: those that are naturally occurring derivatives, those that are partially synthetic, and those that contain synthetic compounds.

Some of the most commonly misused and abused opiates include:

  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone (including OxyContin and Percocet)
  • Hydrocodone (including Vicodin)
  • Fentanyl
  • Codeine

Opioid pain relievers can be used safely, however, when abused they produce a euphoric feeling. Any long-term use can put a user at risk of addiction. Many people who use these drugs will develop a tolerance, which can cause them to use more and more. These individuals often develop a physical dependence, which means not using the drug or even lower doses can quickly cause physical symptoms.

If you have questions about opiate treatment, contact us. We can answer your questions and help you enroll at our opiate treatment centers. Call 877-771-1750 to get started.

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Opiate Addiction Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of opiate abuse or addiction may be psychological, behavioral, and physical.


  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Decreased motivation to work or go to school


  • Running out of prescriptions faster
  • Abandoning activities such as work, family obligations, or school
  • Taking more doses than prescribed
  • Getting multiple prescriptions from different doctors


  • Increased heart rate
  • Constricted pupils
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased energy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Increased sensitivity to external stimuli

As a person’s addiction deepens, they may begin to have more psychological, physical, and behavioral signs that point toward opioid abuse.

Opiat Addiction

Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms can occur as quickly as 6 hours after the first dose and can peak 72 hours after the last time of use. Some signs of withdrawal can include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Increased anxiety
  • Sweats
  • Increased heart rate
  • Fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Depression

Opiates change the way the brain responds to pain stimuli and its response to reward and pleasure. As the pleasant feelings are increased, other important bodily functions like respiration and body temperature may decrease.

Opiate Effects

Opiates, when abused, produce a high that is very intense and very short. For heroin, the high may last less than half an hour while prescription medications may have a longer duration of action.

Short-term Effects

Opiates work by binding to the opiate receptors in the brain. The binding leads to the release of more dopamine, which leads to the “high.” Some of the short-term effects of opiate abuse include:

  • Euphoric feelings
  • Pain relief
  • Sedation
  • Drowsiness

Long-term Effects

The long-term effects of opiate addiction are not as frequently noted. However, these can include:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Gastrointestinal issues, such as constipation
  • Infections
  • Respiratory issues
  • Organ injuries

If a user begins to use the drugs intravenously, they are more likely to be susceptible to infections, localized abscesses, and the contraction of blood-borne illnesses like HIV or hepatitis C.

Opiate Relapse Prevention

The first step in opiate addiction treatment is detox. As the withdrawal symptoms may be severe, medical detox can provide the first stepping stone in the recovery process. Medically-supervised detox can also help prevent a relapse as users can receive the medical treatment needed to safely, and more comfortably, detox.

At Destination Hope, we understand that relapse is common among those in opiate treatment. We provide individual and group therapy, family therapy, trauma resolution, and dual diagnosis programs as part of a well-rounded treatment program. By getting to the root of your addiction, our team can better help you move forward and conquer your addiction.

During the treatment process, you will also receive the tools needed for relapse prevention, such as identifying triggers, finding a sponsor, and finding a sober home for life after rehab.

Getting Opiate Addiction Help

The first step in your opiate treatment journey begins with a phone call. Our team is ready to help guide you through the admissions process so you can find a medical detox center that will help you enter rehab free from opiates. Our admissions counselors will also help you determine which program will help you achieve sobriety and the next steps needed to begin the process.

Call 888-756-HOPE to get started on your new life today.