Opiate Addiction

Understanding Opiate Addiction

“Opiates” describes a huge class of drugs that encompasses both legal and illegal drugs.

It started as a helpful prescription for pain. A doctor prescribed codeine, hydrocodone, morphine, or some other prescription painkiller to ease the pain resulting from a surgery, accident, or chronic condition. Over time, your tolerance levels rise and you find yourself taking more and more of your medication to get the same results—or simply to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms. If this is your story, do not be ashamed. This happens every single day all over the country. In fact, opiate addiction has become a national epidemic, but there is still hope. Many people have already found hope and healing, and so can you.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Opiate Addiction

“Opiates” describes a huge class of drugs that encompasses both legal and illegal drugs. Legal opiates include fentanyl, codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and hydromorphone. Illegal opiates include heroin and opiate. Opiates are highly addictive, especially when used over a long period of time.

Opiates can cause a variety of dangerous long-term effects, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage
  • Infection
  • Seizure
  • Depression and suicidal thoughts
  • Fatal overdose

Because it can be difficult or expensive to continue obtaining prescription opiates, many opiate addicts eventually turn to heroin. Heroin overdose is extremely dangerous and can be fatal.

When a patient relies on opiates for a long period of time, their tolerance levels will rise. This often causes the person to seek continued relief by increasing their dosage; combining doses; or crushing, snorting, or injecting their opiates. As tolerance rises, a dependency can occur. This happens when the drug use is driven more by an effort to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms than the need to treat the original pain.

Opiate withdrawal symptoms can be emotional or physical. Emotional symptoms include:

  • Low energy
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Agitation
  • Irritability

Physical symptoms include:

  • Runny nose
  • Teary eyes
  • Goosebumps
  • Yawning
  • Muscle aches
  • Stomach cramping
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Cold sweats

It is extremely difficult and even dangerous to attempt to wean yourself off of opiates without professional help. Addiction should be treated with a medically supervised detox and proven therapies led by licensed professionals. 12 step programs have also proven effective in preparing men and women for long-term success.

How Hawaii Island Recovery Can Help You Recover from Opiate Addiction

Hawaii Island Recovery employs a multi-disciplinary, integrative treatment approach that combines the most effective evidence-based interventions with experiential and holistic therapies. You or your loved one will benefit from proven therapies (such as EMDR and CBT), experiential therapies (such as equine therapy and wild dolphin assisted therapy), and holistic health services (such as massage and yoga). These therapies are administered within the framework of a 12-step program to support a full and lasting recovery.

To find out more about how we can help you or your loved one recover from opiate addiction,

Call Us Today: 866-390-5070