The word opiate refers to any substance that comes from the opium poppy plant. Unlike opioids, which can be both natural or synthetic, opiates are natural substances. However, just like opioids, opiates bind to the opioid receptors of the brain, quickly causing addiction. If you need opiate or opioid addiction treatment, Bayview Recovery can help. Contact our opiate addiction treatment center today at 855.478.3650 to learn about the treatment options available.
Beat Opiate Dependency at an Opiate Addiction Treatment Center
Opiates, like heroin, produce intense highs, which include powerful feelings of euphoria as well as drowsiness, sedation, and warmth. However, these pleasurable highs do not last very long. In addition, users will always need higher dosages of the drug to have the same level of high as they did before as they continue to use the drug. This tolerance quickly leads to dependency, then opiate abuse and addiction, which can have devastating health consequences. These problems begin early and, if you continue using, can easily lead to overdose as well as an accidental death. Reach out to an opiate addiction rehab center.
Untreated, opiate addictions have many dangers. In addition to the risk of overdose, users who use street versions of the drug face unknown risks since they never know what concentration of the drug they are taking or if other substances have also been mixed in; this can lead to further damage to their health. These factors make breaking dependency extremely difficult and make an opiate addiction rehab center essential to recovery.
Recent studies establish the need for a medically supervised detox as well as a comprehensive rehab program if you are currently on opiates. Between the years 2001 and 2014, for example, deaths from overdose quadrupled, and the drug continues to kill 10,000 or more users annually. These trends also show no signs of decreasing. However, Bayview Recovery can help if you are addicted to opiates. We offer among the most comprehensive as well as accessible recovery programs you can find. Therefore, we can quickly get started on your individualized treatment.
Opiate Abuse’s Short-Term Effects
Opiate use produces many side effects in the short-term which vary by how much of the drug you’ve used and for how long. For example, the symptoms you are likely to include:
- Slowed heart rate
- Slowed breathing
- Low body temperature
- Cyanotic (blue) extremities
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Constricted pupils
- Light sensitivity
- Dry mouth
Opiate Abuse’s Long-Term Effects
Long-term opiate abuse also has many severe and life-threatening side effects which include:
- Brain damage from lack of oxygen
- Memory problems
- Emotional numbness
- Sleeping problems, including insomnia
- Cardiovascular issues
- Irreversible liver and kidney damage
- Hepatitis-induced cancer
- Tooth and gum decay
- Decreased appetite and malnutrition
- Chronic constipation
- Excoriated skin, abscesses, infections, and sores
- Diminished sexual desire and function
- Impaired immune system and increased illnesses
- Weakness and lethargy
Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms
Opiate withdrawal presents many symptoms that also vary with the length and intensity of your drug habit. If you have severe symptoms, then medically-assisted treatment from an opiate addiction rehab center can increase your comfort and help aid in the success of your rehab.
Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:
- Fast heart rate
- Respiratory problems
- Emotional numbness
- Abdominal cramping
- A runny nose
- Chills and sweats
- Body aches
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Concentration problems
Recover at Bayview Recovery’s Opiate Addiction Rehab Center
Recovering from opiates can be challenging, even if you have the help of an opiate addiction treatment center, but recovery is possible. First, you have to detox, which you can do safely at the opiate addiction rehab center at Bayview Recovery. However, to begin enjoying a drug-free life, you can’t stop with detox. Afterward, you must immediately enter rehab. However, not all rehab programs are the same, just like no two addictions are the same.
You shouldn’t settle for the nearest or most convenient rehab program, however. You need treatment that is highly individualized, and Bayview Recovery has one of the most intensely and personally focussed programs in the nation. Our broad treatment offerings, as well as a high staff-to-patient ratio, mean that we can deliver high-quality, personalized care to help you recover as quickly as possible. We also offer a wide array of therapeutic options, including:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Dialectical behavior therapy
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Yoga therapy
- Meditation therapy
Talk to one of Bayview Recovery’s specialists today at 855.478.3650. Don’t let opiates define you. You can break free and begin a new life that doesn’t include substance abuse. A healthy recovery, as well as a joy-filled life, are possible. Bayview Recovery can help get you there. We are behind you for the long haul.
Dave Cundiff, MD, MPH is an experienced leader in the field of Substance Use Disorder treatment. He works with patients suffering from Substance Use Disorder to evaluate their medication needs and prescribe treatments accordingly. In addition, he regularly participates in all-staff debriefing sessions involving peers, nurses, and other prescribers. He also reviews and advises on policies, procedures, and techniques for treating substance use disorder.