What are opiates?
Opiates, also known as narcotics, are depressants that affect the central nervous system. They slow down breathing and, at a high enough dose, can lead to respiratory arrest and death. They are used to alleviate pain, but can also bring on feelings of extreme relaxation and euphoria, especially when taken in higher doses. Opiates can be taken orally, snorted, smoked, or injected. There are three types of opiates:
- Semi-synthetic opiates
- Synthetic opiates
- Endogenous opioids (these are produced naturally in the body)
As the user builds a tolerance, he or she will require more and more of the drug to obtain the same effect. As the physical and psychological dependence on the drug grows, the individual may become unable to function at work or take care of daily responsibilities. Some opiate addicts engage in high risk or illegal activities in order to get more of the drug. There are many different drugs that are categorized as opiates.
Treatment for Opiate Addiction
Recovering Souls is not a treatment facility, but a service that can find you the treatment you need. We work with an extensive network of treatment facilities, and can place you in a treatment center that specializes in treating opiate addiction. Recovery from opiate addiction is a lifelong process that begins with a medically supervised detox. Physical dependence may occur after only several days of consecutive use, so it is important to find a facility that can provide you with the medical care you need. The facilities we work with provide clients with a safe and medically supervised detox designed to keep you as comfortable as possible. Once detoxed, you will begin treatment to address the underlying issues that have led to opiate abuse. You will work with a licensed therapist to develop an individualized treatment plan. A dedicated and caring staff of certified addictions counselors will guide you through your early recovery. For those that have experienced trauma at some point in their lives, our treatment centers offer trauma groups and individual counseling sessions with a trained trauma therapist. A board certified psychiatrist is available for those requiring treatment for a dual diagnosis. Family counseling is also available. For those suffering from chronic pain, we can place you in a facility that specializes in non-narcotic pain management. You will develop an aftercare plan with your therapist and be expected to attend 12 Step meetings. By the time you complete treatment, you will have the tools and skills you need to enjoy a healthy and sober life.
If you or someone you love is struggling with opiate addiction, help is available. Contact Recovering Souls today.