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Opioid Addiction Symptoms, Signs, and Treatment

Opiate drugs are extremely addictive and come from opium, which is derived from the poppy plant. Opiates cover a variety of drugs. Some are natural, synthetic, legal, illegal, recreational, or medicinal. Natural opiate drugs have been used to treat nervous disorders, cancers, and other conditions. Most painkillers are opiates and are prescribed as a pain reliever, but often used illegally to get high. People with an opiate addiction will usually take more than the required dose and get more illegally.

Synthetic or manmade opiates have similar effects but can be used as an option for opiate addiction treatment. Some common opiates are opium, heroin, OxyContin, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and methadone. Heroin is one of the most dangerous drugs and a person can become addicted after just one use.

Any long-term use of drugs increases the risk of addiction, even prescription drugs. Opiate tolerance triggers the vicious cycle of addiction. People take more and more of the substance to reach that pleasurable feeling from the first time using. The continuous increase in opiate use puts a person at very high risk of overdose.

Physical signs of an opiate addiction include:

  • Noticeable euphoria
  • Constricted pupils
  • Excessive tiredness/sleepiness
  • Confusion
  • Slow breathing
  • Drastic changes in moods
  • Social isolation
  • Delayed reactions

Opiate addiction is a different experience for everyone and so is detox and recovery. A person going to treatment for opiate addiction needs to state how long he or she has been using, when the last time the drug was taken, and the source of the supply. While in detox from opiate addiction, an individual will go through extremely uncomfortable withdrawals.

Symptoms of withdrawals can include nausea, shaking, sweats, diarrhea, insomnia, extreme pain in the abdomen, and irritable moods. Sometimes medication such as methadone or buprenorphine is used to lessen the pain and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms.

Treatment will depend on the level of opiate use, amount of insurance coverage, and support of family and loved ones. Rehab can be short or long-term and continued therapy or counseling at end of treatment might be necessary for recovery. Professional support will help to develop plans to avoid relapse and live a healthy substance-free life after treatment.

Recovery begins with you. You have to make the decision, now, to call and ask for help, get to treatment, and start a transformational, life-changing journey. The power to heal is yours. Let Enlightened Recovery Solutions show you the path of holistic treatment, bringing together the best practices of evidence-based clinical care, proven alternative healing practices, and trusted 12-step philosophy. Call 833-801-5483 today for information on our partial care programs.

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