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Opiate Addiction

Opiate Dependency

One of the leading causes of drug related death in the United States. Most people who try to detox on their own do not succeed, and relapse quickly. Our clinical staff has years of experience guiding our clients through a safe and comfortable detoxification program. We offer the tools to beat the addiction cycle fast.

What is Opiate Addiction?

Opiate addiction is recognized as a central nervous system disorder, caused by continuous opiate intake. After prolonged opiate use, the nerve cells in the brain, which would otherwise produce natural painkillers or endorphins cease to function normally. The body stops producing endorphins because it is receiving opiates instead. The degeneration of these nerve cells causes a physical dependency to an external supply of opiates. Abrupt or sudden abstinence from opiates induces yet another traumatic disorder, opiate withdrawals.

Common Opiates

Lortab
Morphine
Demerol
Roxicet
Methadone
Dilaudid

Percocet
Heroin
Oxycontin
Codeine
Opana
Fentanyl
Tylenol with Codeine

Signs of Opiate Withdrawal

Strong Cravings
Cramps/Vomiting
Sweating
Chills
Irritation

Aches/Pain
Runny Nose
Insomnia
Depression
Dilated Pupils

Warning Signs
of Dependency Include:

  • Overwhelming desire to use the drug of choice at a specific time or several times a day.
  • Attempting to stop using the drug and failing.
  • Using the substance to cope with problems.
  • Needing higher and more frequent doses of the substance to receive the same effect.
  • Appearance of withdrawal symptoms if dose is missed or reduced.

If you answered yes to 2 or more of the above, you or a loved one may be struggling with addiction. WE CAN HELP.