Opiate addiction has become an epidemic in the US over the past few years. Opiates are prescribed by doctors as painkillers and they also induce a feeling of euphoria which makes it a drug of choice for abuse. The more these drugs are readily becoming available for medical use, the more they are being abused on the streets and even throughout homes.
When taken in doses more than the one prescribed, Opiates have dire effects on one’s body. There are three types of opiates:
- Natural – Morphine and Codeine
- Semi-synthetic (Opioids) – Heroin, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphine, Oxycodone etc.
- Synthetic – Fentanyl, Methadone, Propoxyphene and Pentazocine
Effects of Opiates Addiction
Opiate addiction affects one physically as well as psychologically and people get addicted to the drug in a very short period of time. Opiates cause the body to use up nutrition while metabolizing the drug and also certain chemical changes in one’s brain. The depletion in nutrition manifests in several ways. However, an addicted individual would not be able to recognize the symptoms for what they are as the drug is a strong pail reliever and masks the symptoms. It is therefore necessary that one knows the effects the drug can have on their or their loved ones. Here are some of the most commonly seen long-term and short-term effects of Opiate addiction:
- Weakened immune system functioning.
- Gastric problems ranging from the troublesome (e.g., constipation) to severe (e.g., intestinal ileus, bowel perforation).
- A plethora of medical issues secondary to intravenous administration (e.g., localized abscesses, embolic events, systemic infection, and contraction of blood borne illnesses).
- Significant respiratory depression; cumulative hypoxic end-organ injury.
- Delayed reaction
Symptoms of Opiates Addiction
Withdrawal Symptoms of Opiates
When one goes through opiate withdrawal, the symptoms may be similar to flu. The withdrawal symptoms also include several psychological effects along with physical ones. Opiate withdrawal is one of the most painful one out of any type of drug withdrawal. Since opiates act as high power painkillers, once the usage is stopped, the pain returns creating the severe pain. Here are some of the primary symptoms of Opiate withdrawal:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Inability to sleep
- Severe pain
Opiate Withdrawal at AKUA
Opiates detox is the first stage of recovery and has the following components:
- 24 hour supervision
- Gender-specific recovery programs
- Psychiatric and nursing support
- Group and individual counseling and therapy
- Prepare the clients for the next phase of the treatment
This is the second stage of recovery and usually consists of the following:
- The duration may vary depending on the severity, though it typically lasts for 30 days
- Gender-specific recovery programs
- 24×7 guidance and support from our clinical team
- Nutritious diet plans and meals prepared by our private chef
- Recreational activities on weekends such as movies, beach activities, etc. under the supervision of the staff
This is the last stage of recovery and will look like this:
- The typical duration is of 20 -30 sessions which translates to 30-45 days
- Mindfulness relapse prevention
- Evening meetings (AA or any other 12 step meeting)
- Group and individual assignments
- Transportation and housing provided
AKUA Mind and Body understands the financial burdens that addiction and mental health treatment can have on an individual and their family. As a result, AKUA works closely with most HMO, EPO and PPO insurance plans including AmeriHealth, Optum, Humana, United Healthcare, Allcare Health, Highmark, Oscar, UPMC Health Plan, MetLife and are In-Network with Anthem Blue Cross, Aetna, Multi Plan, Beacon, Magellen, Health Net, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HMC Health Works, Western Health Advantage, and Tricare.
The specialists at AKUA Drug treatment Newport Beach believe in treating the individual as a whole, rather than treating the diagnosis. Each client has unique treatment timeline involving a collaborative effort from every member of the treatment team.
Maybe you are a 26-year-old female who is struggling with body dissatisfaction fueled by depression, which has developed into a cocaine addiction. Maybe you are a 45-year-old male working in corporate America, drinking excessively to cope with your anxiety despite your loving family.
No matter who you are and what your story is, AKUA Mind and Body believes in tailoring their treatment program to fit your needs so you can live a healthy and fulfilling life, free from addictive substances and the pain of underlying disorders.