Opiate Addiction Treatment and You
Are you seeking help for opiate addiction? If so, you are not alone. According to a 2012 survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, it is estimated that nearly 30 million people abuse opiates and opioids worldwide. In addition, it is important to note that an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States alone are suffering from substance abuse disorders caused by opiates. That is a staggering number. While it can be discouraging that opiate addiction rates have steadily risen, you should never let that stop you from striving for recovery and continued sobriety.
Alta Mira Recovery is a luxury rehab center that offers the best in opioid addiction treatment and comfort. Our state of the art campus is nestled in a stunning location overlooking the San Francisco Bay. We truly believe that a beautiful, nurturing environment is one of the most powerful factors in an individual’s journey towards healing and transformation. In addition to our tranquil rehab setting, Alta Mira Recovery prides itself on providing individuals in need of mental health and addiction treatment with the following:
- Cutting-edge treatment and rehabilitation programs
- The top addiction and mental health experts in the industry
- World class diagnostics
If you or a loved one are in need of opiate addiction treatment, look no further. We are dedicated to helping you achieve a newfound sense of joy and happiness.
Meet Casey: Opiate Addiction in the Flesh
Casey is a 32-year-old animator living in the Los Angeles area. His latest project was recently picked up by a major production company. It looks as though his longtime dream is about to come true: a feature length animated film. Although all seems to going well for Casey, something is brewing beneath the surface.
Casey has lived with Generalized Anxiety Disorder for as long as he can remember. Every now and again, his anxiety affects his day-to-day life; however, for the most part, he has learned to manage his disorder and keep it at bay. After Casey’s project was picked up, he decided to move to the San Francisco Bay area to be closer to the studio that will be working on his film. In the midst of moving into his new apartment, Casey injured his back while try to maneuver a couch up the stairs. To deal with his back injury, his doctor prescribed him Vicodin—a strong opioid used to treat pain.
Casey’s back injury was more severe than anyone believed it to be at first, with the need for surgery soon becoming apparent. Due to his surgical treatment and time needed for recovery, the production company decided to put his project on hold for the foreseeable future. This caused Casey serious stress and mental fatigue, which led to his anxiety working its way back into his life. Due to a combination of Casey’s anxiety and the intense pain he was experiencing from the injury and surgery, he developed an addiction to opiates. Once his prescription for Vicodin expired, and his doctor could no longer continue the script in good conscience, Casey turned to heroin—a comparably cheap, illegal alternative—to dull his mental and physical pain. He never imagined he would find himself in this situation; he rarely kicked back more than a beer or two on weekends! But here he was, injecting heroin just to feel normal. And this situation is unfortunately more common than most people are aware.
What should Casey do to regain control of his personal and professional life? Try his best to beat the addiction on his own, and risk sinking deeper, or losing his life to a heroin overdose? No – there is no safe way to wean off heroin. Opiate addiction treatment in a safe, controlled, medically-supervised environment is the best solution.
What are Opiates: Understanding Your Addiction
Opiates are, in essence, a subset of powerful drugs that are used to treat all categories of pain in a quick and effective manner. These types of drugs are often prescribed as pain relievers and cough suppressants. When discussing opiates, it is important to make a distinction between the legal and illegal branches. Typically, opiates that are prescribed by medical professionals are considered legal, while opiates that are self-made or self-derived are considered illegal. Assuming the prescription is your own, morphine and codeine fall on the legal side of the field, while heroin and opium are among the opiates on the illegal side of the field.
In understanding your addiction, it is important to fully recognize which drugs you are using and how they are classified. The following drugs are examples of opiates:
- Morphine—A pain-relieving drug that is derived from opium and used medically
- Heroin—An illegal drug derived from morphine used to create a sense of euphoria in the user
- Hydrocodone—A semi-synthetic drug typically prescribed to treat severe pain, often following surgery or dental procedures, also known as Vicodin
- Methadone—A medication for opiate addiction used to aid in the withdrawal symptoms of people who are addicted to heroin or other strong narcotics
- Codeine—An easily abused opiate that is often used in pain medicines and cough suppressants
- Oxycodone—A commonly abused opiate widely known by its branded name, OxyContin
- Buprenorphine—A legal drug often used to treat pain and as a medication for opiate addiction
As is the case with many varieties of drugs, opiates can be consumed in many different ways. It is not uncommon for individuals who use opiates to eat, inject, snort, or smoke their drug of choice.
Opiate Addiction Symptoms: Understanding When to Get Help
If you or a loved one are frequently using opiates, it is important to identify the symptoms of opiate addiction. When thinking about the various opiate addiction symptoms, many medical professionals will break the symptoms down into two different categories: the physical and the personal.
Some of the physical symptoms that indicate an individual may be abusing opiates include:
- Unusual states of euphoria or joy
- Noticeable drowsiness or behavior consistent with sedation
- Confusion and difficulty tracking
- Irregular nodding off and loss of consciousness
- Decreased appetite
Some of the personal symptoms of opiate abuse and addiction include:
- Increased Anxiety
- Irritability and moodiness
- Unexpected financial problems
- Finding extra pill bottles around the house, in the car, or in trash
- Receiving multiple prescriptions from various doctors
In addition, when face-to-face with a dependence on opiates, it is important to understand that, as with many types of addiction, there are many disorders that can co-occur with opiate use disorders. Along with understanding opiate addiction symptoms, it is also important to be mindful of what disorders can arise with opiate addiction.
The most common disorders that can develop with opiate addiction include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Various personality disorders
Opiate Withdrawal Treatment: Taking the First Step Towards Recovery
What helps with opiate withdrawal? Many individuals do not seek the opiate addiction treatment they need because they are frightened of the withdrawal symptoms and overall detox process. Here at Alta Mira Recovery, we are dedicated to ensuring your withdrawal process is as safe and comfortable as possible. Our expert staff believes in you and wants you to safely detox to avoid risk of serious injury and minimize any discomfort.
Some of the symptoms of opiate withdrawal include:
- Body aches and pains
- Trouble sleeping
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Physical craving for the drug
- Intense stomach pain
- Vomiting and Diarrhea
- Cold sweats
- Muscle spasms and muscle tension
Our expert staff will ensure that you receive the opiate withdrawal treatment you deserve. Your unique detox program will feature an individualized plan that offers the right treatment for your specific needs. Medical supervision is indispensable at this crucial time, and knowing a caring, experienced staff is guiding you every step of the way helps alleviate any concerns you may have about what you’re feeling.
You may be thinking to yourself, “How long does opiate withdrawal last?” The easy answer to that question is this: Depending on the severity of your addiction and your individualized detoxification protocol through the withdrawal process, it can take anywhere from a week to a month. No matter how long your withdrawal process lasts, we will be there to help you understand what is happening in your body, and how it will try to play tricks on your mind in an effort to get you to relapse. During the withdrawal process your body and mind are truly at odds with each other, and we will help you continue to work through the discomfort in the name of lasting sobriety.
Choosing Alta Mira Recovery: The Right Opiate Rehab Center for You
When considering which rehab will offer you the best opiate addiction treatment plan, it is important to look for an institution that will strive to help you on a customized level. Alta Mira Recovery is here to help you through every step of your opiate addiction treatment. The foundation of our success is treating everyone who trusts us with their recovery as an individual with unique personal, professional, and spiritual needs, and that is exactly what we offer.
The journey to your recovery is only about to begin. Despite the concerns you surely have at the thought of putting your life on hold and seeking treatment, the reward of regaining your health and freedom will be more than worth every minute.
If you are seeking the best luxury rehab center for opiate addiction treatment, including carefully monitored opiate detox, please do not hesitate to contact us today.