Excellent at controlling pain, opiates (or opioids) are commonly prescribed. You sustained an injury, went to the doctor, got treated and sent home with a prescription that managed your pain, perhaps even obliterated it. In time you found that you needed a higher dose to control the pain and soon you found yourself needing the drug. Your physical pain may be gone, but your desire for the drug is now an obsession, the way you make it through one more day. It may even have pushed you to go to a number of doctors to get additional prescriptions or to illegal sources.
Why Are Opiates So Addictive
Opiates are a group of drugs derived from the opium poppy. The term “opiates” is sometimes used to describe related drugs such as morphine, heroin, and codeine. Opioids are the term used for the entire class of drugs including synthetic opiates such as Oxycontin and Roxicodone.
A list of common opiates and their generic names:
- Vicodin, Hycodan (hydrocodone)
- MS Contin, Kadian (morphine)
- Oxycontin, Percocet (oxycodone)
- Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
- Duragesic (fentanyl)
Opiates, in addition to treating pain, can cause euphoria and an artificial sense of well-being. According to the National Institutes for Health, nine percent of the population is believed to misuse opiates sometime during their lives.
Why Can’t I Stop Using Them On My Own?
The first step in recovering is detoxification or detox. If you have attempted to detox on your own and failed, do not be discouraged. Detox is difficult and can be life-threatening. Some drug treatment programs think that suffering during detoxification will help prevent people from relapsing. At Cliffside Malibu, we do not believe there is any benefit to suffering during detox and know it can be extremely dangerous without professional help. Withdrawal symptoms from opiates may include agitation, insomnia, flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Cardiac arrest, the heart actually stopping, is also a risk as well as seizures and psychotic episodes.
Our experienced team is specially trained to assist with detox, using the medication if appropriate. Your medical history, length of opiate use, age and other factors are considered to determine the appropriate, individualized method of your detox process.
After Detox, Then What?
After you’ve completed the physical detox process, we will begin intensive, individual psychotherapy with a psychotherapist chosen especially for you. Our extensive intake process helps our team of specialists create a path to recovery tailored to your specific needs. We use a holistic (mind, body, spirit) approach using Eastern and Western medicine. From ancient therapies such as acupuncture and massage to cutting-edge technologies such as brain mapping and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, our synergistic approach heals you at all levels.
By the time you are ready to leave our drug treatment facility, you will have uncovered the reasons for your drug addiction, learned coping mechanisms and strategies to ensure long-term recovery, strengthened your body and renewed hope for your future and the joy it will bring you.
You have already taken the first step to recovery by recognizing you have a problem. Whether it’s two in the afternoon or two in the morning, we are here to help. Call 1-800-501-1988 to get the help you deserve from the professional team at Cliffside Malibu.