Opiate Addiction Treatment
Sprout Health California offers a range of therapies that will help the user to recover from their addiction.
Opiates are the most commonly abused prescription drug in the world today. Three fifths of users who are legally prescribed opiates develop and addiction. Opiates are used to alleviate severe pain and put severe anxiety to rest. When taken in large quantities, opiates will produce intense feelings of Euphoria that ultimate lead sixty percent of users to an addiction.
Opiates are pain relievers that include drugs like morphine, heroin, and codeine. They are naturally derived from the papaver somniferum, also known as the opiate poppy, which are a species of flower that originated in the Mediterranean. There is a difference between an opiate and an opioid. An opioid is largely synthetic drug and derivative of an opiate. Some examples of opioids include drugs such as methadone, oxycodone, pethidine, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl. They both have the same effects on the user; the main difference is that an opioid is created by adding in numerous chemicals to synthesize the drug.
Opiates are capable of enhancing the body’s natural painkillers by blocking the pain signals in the spinal cord and brainstem. The effectiveness is depends on how an individual’s brain interprets those pain signals. When an opiate enters the bloodstream it binds itself to the brain’s receptors that then alter the electrical signals to tell the body that it is not in pain. In return the user becomes enveloped in feeling of euphoria followed by sleepiness. When abused over a long period of time, the brain no longer produces the natural occurring endorphins and encephalin that block the pain receptors in both the spinal cord and the brain stem because it becomes reliant on the synthetically administered opiates. Unfortunately, this leads into an addiction because it forced the user to seek out additional opiates in order to feel ordinary again.
Feelings of anxiousness, irritation, and inability to rest are the initial indications of an opiate addiction. Additional side effects include aching muscles, inability to sleep, excess mucus, and excessive bodily secretions of the eyes and pores. In more advanced cases bile and feelings of nausea will lead to electrolyte imbalances which will ultimately damage the user’s heart. Another symptom of opiate addiction is the high risk of depression of the respiratory system. Stomach cramps and irritable bowel syndrome can put the addict at a higher risk of malnutrition. The user can also experience very severe mood swings. At one point they can suffer from severe anxiety and at another they could suffer from severe depression. These extremes can destroy the quality of life not only for the abuser but for their loved ones.
The treatment for an opiate addiction begins with a detoxification of the abusers body. Some addicts can be treated with a drug called Naloxone. Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of an opiate by blocking the opiate completely. It is very risky to use an opiate antagonist so if Naloxone is administered it should be under careful medical instruction and supervision.
While an addict is detoxing it is important to make sure that they are receiving aggressive nutritional support. One of the side effects of using opiates is that opiates prohibit the body from absorbing essential nutrients. Another aspect of opiate withdrawal that is important to monitor is the patient’s mental well-being. It is no secret that withdrawing off of opiates is very painful and the patient should be taught and coaxed to find other methods of dealing with the pain other than administering the drug.
There have been a number of published researches on proven techniques that help patients deal with the opiate withdrawal pain. These techniques include mind body therapies such as yoga, meditation, and Tai-Chi. They also include stimulating the patient’s psychological needs with individual, group, and family therapy sessions. Sprout Health Group emphasizes the importance of family involvement as a cornerstone to an addict’s recovery. It is important for a recovering addict to feel free to express their stories and emotions in a judgement-free atmosphere.
Opiate addicts specifically have an extraordinarily high rate of relapse due to their brain chemistry becoming dependent on the opiate drug. The highly qualified therapists at Sprout Health Group make it their top priority to educate abusers on how to manage their cravings and teach them how to avoid addiction causing behaviors. Under Sprout Health California’s intensive care, the recovering addict will become equipped with the knowledge and techniques proven to prevent a relapse. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, our team will sit down with the patient and develop an in-depth plan that is individualized to their specific needs.