Opiates Addiction

Opiates Addiction

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About Opiates Addiction

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:

Long Term:
  • 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.

Short Term:

  • Diarrhea
  • Sedation
  • Delayed reaction
  • Vomiting

Symptoms of Opiates Addiction

Opiates when used for a long duration, may easily lead to addiction even if it is used as prescribed. Individuals who have been using opiates for a long time develop tolerance, meaning the same amount of drug will not have the same effect as it did in the beginning. This triggers the cycle of addiction and people start looking for ways to get the drug in larger quantities than prescribed to satisfy their need. One way to make sure that the usage doesn’t lead to opiate addiction, it is necessary to know the symptoms. Some of the symptoms manifested during opiate addiction are as follows:

Physical Symptoms:
  • Noticeable elation/euphoria
  • Marked sedation/drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Drastic mood changes
  • Constricted pupils
  • Slowed breathing
  • Intermittent nodding off, or loss of consciousness
  • Constipation

Other Symptoms:

  • Doctor shopping (getting multiple prescriptions from different doctors)
  • Shifting or dramatically changing moods
  • Extra pill bottles turning up in the trash
  • Social withdrawal
  • Isolation
  • Sudden financial problems

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:

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Inability to sleep
  • Severe pain

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How Akua Can be Helpful

Recovery from opiate addiction starts with Opiate detox. It is best if one goes through the treatment for Opiate addiction under proper medical care and guidance so that they can ease the painful withdrawal symptoms and help the individual achieve sobriety. At Akua, we provide holistic treatment programs combining the time-tested traditions of East with the scientific approach of West to help our clients safely beat their addiction. Our recovery plans are highly individualistic in nature so that all the unique requirements of our clients are addressed, and they can overcome their addiction with relative ease. Our dedicated staff is always there to help the clients whenever they hit a rough patch. At Akua, we believe in perfection and strive to give the best possible care to those who seek help. This makes Akua one of the best Opiate addiction treatment centers in California. We provide all the three levels of care:

Detox from Opiates
Integrated Detox Program

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
Inpatient Drug Rehab Center
Residential Program

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
Outpatient Opiates Treatment
Intensive Outpatient Program

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