Do You Have an Opiate Addiction?
If you’re reading this article, you or someone you love is probably dealing with addiction to opiates. Opiates are also known as narcotics and are basically pain relievers or analgesics that derive from a brownish addictive drug called opium, which comes from the poppy plant.
In its natural form, opium produces codeine and morphine. However, there are many synthetic forms of morphine, which are used to produce other compounds resembling opium.
Some of these synthetic opioids are:
- Hydrocodone, such as Zohydro ER and Hysingla ER
- Hydrocodone with acetaminophen, such as Lortab or Vicodin
- Oxycodone, such as OxyContin
- Fentanyl, such as Duragesic
- Hydromorphone, such as Dilaudid
- Meperidine, such as Demerol
- And many more
It’s not uncommon for doctors to prescribe pain medication in the event a patient goes through extraneous levels of pain. These patients will probably never have a problem with addiction.
The problem with opiates, however, lies in the anxiety relief that these drugs offer, making them, for that reason, the drug of choice of a huge percentage of drug addicts in the United States. While most people with addiction never intend to get addicted, many people start taking opiates for recreational use right from the start.
So, how do you know if you or someone you love has an opiate addiction? Some of the telltale signs are drowsy-looking pupils, itching, nausea, limited social activities, loss of memory and focus, mood swings, depression, and slow reaction times.
If you’re looking to recover or help someone recover from opiate addiction in the Las Vegas area, you need to contact a center who is specialized in this type of addiction and who has trained staff to handle this specific condition.
What are the Opiate Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms?
It is a given that a person with an addiction to drugs, including opiates, will have an established dependency that is both physical and mental. That explains why the withdrawal symptoms are unavoidable when one puts a stop to the use of drugs.
A specialized opiate addiction center in Las Vegas has the necessary tools to handle these withdrawal symptoms and help the patient cope with the recovery process. This rehab center will help the addict overcome these dreadful situations in the best way possible.
Some of the opiate addiction withdrawal symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms
- Muscle spasms
- An overall feeling of sickness
- The inability to sleep for several days in a row
- Aches and pains
What is So Difficult About Opiate Addiction?
One of the most difficult parts about opiate addiction is that the addict is probably not wanting or willing to go through the recovery treatment for fear of it not working or fear of the withdrawal symptoms.
An opiate addict may also be too comfortable taking the drugs and delays going through treatment because of the good anxiety-free feeling the drugs offer. However, many people do overcome opiate addiction despite all the troubles that recovery brings in expectation of a better, clean life.
The most difficult part of addiction is to become true to oneself, admit the problem, and seek help. Once that decision is made, the road to recover is long and hard, but it can be done and many people are successful at overcoming addiction and live many fulfilling years thereafter.
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle After Recovery
Recovering from an opiate addiction takes a lot more than overcoming the withdrawal symptoms. Once the patient is out of the rehab center, it’s time to rebuild his whole life. Perhaps he’s lost friends and family due to addiction. Or maybe he lost his job or career.
Learning to deal and make peace with what the recovered addict lost and being OK starting over with life is a very difficult yet vital step in recovery to avoid a relapse and start to live a healthy lifestyle.
In order to avoid a relapse, the recovered addict needs to recognize when he starts to feel anxiety, anger, isolation, or other emotional signs that may set him up for relapse. At that moment, he needs to change his behavior and avoid isolation. Relaxation techniques may also be very helpful, as well as, keeping a healthy diet and a consistent exercise routine.
If you’re in Las Vegas or surrounding cities and are looking for opiate addiction help for yourself or someone else, be sure to contact our rehab center at 2950 E Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89121 or call us to make an appointment at 702-565-6004. You may also email [email protected]. We’re open Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM. We are closed Saturdays and Sundays. We look forward to serving you! We speak Spanish!
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