Opiate Dependency

Opiates, like heroin, produce intense highs which include powerful feelings of euphoria along with 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, and opiate abuse and addiction can have devastating health consequences. These problems begin early and, if you continue using, can easily lead to overdose and accidental death.

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 a medically-supervised detox and comprehensive rehab essential to recovery.

Recent studies establish the need for a medically-supervised detox and 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 and accessible recovery programs you can find, and 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. The symptoms you are likely to include:

  • slowed heart rate
  • slowed breathing
  • low body temperature
  • cyanotic (blue) extremities
  • nausea and / or vomiting
  • confusion
  • constricted pupils
  • light sensitivity
  • sleepiness
  • dry mouth
  • itchiness

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
  • anxiety
  • isolation
  • depression
  • 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 vary with the length and intensity of your drug habit. If you have severe symptoms, medically-assisted treatment can increase your comfort and help aid in the success of your rehab.

Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • hypertension
  • fast heart rate
  • respiratory problems
  • emotional numbness
  • nausea
  • abdominal cramping
  • a runny nose
  • chills and sweats
  • body aches
  • vomiting and diarrhea
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • tremors
  • concentration problems
  • fatigue
  • insomnia

A Life Free From Opiates Begins at Bayview Recovery

Recovering from opiates can be challenging, even if you have help; but recovery is possible. First, you have to detox, and Bayview Recovery with your detox program. However, to begin enjoying a drug-free life, you can’t stop with detox; 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 and high staff-to-patient ratio mean we can deliver high-quality, personalized care to help you recover as quickly as possible.

Talk to a Bayview Recovery’s specialist today at 888.570.7154. Don’t let opiates define you. You can break free and begin a new life that doesn’t include substance abuse. A healthy recovery and a joy-filled life are possible. Bayview Recovery can help get you there. We are behind you, for the long haul.