Treating an Opiate Addiction
Opiates are one of the most addictive prescription drugs that exist. In fact, most people who are prescribed them legally, develop an addiction! There are several different forms of opiates that all derive from opium. They are meant to treat pain but are often abused for the euphoric side effects that become very addictive. The opiate family of drugs includes morphine, heroin, and codeine. There are other synthetic opiates called opioids that also act as painkillers. Some of these are methadone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, pethidine, fentanyl, and hydrocodone. These can also be very addictive.
How Opiate Addiction Starts
Whether someone is prescribed an opiate to relieve physical pain or whether they seek them out to alleviate a mental disorder, use of this medication often ends in addiction. These drugs provide a high that can only be reproduced with more opiates. Users who are attempting to relieve their symptoms often find themselves using more and more to combat the symptoms of withdrawal that come after using these drugs. After continued use, the brain becomes dependent on the opiates and stops producing its own endorphins, causing depression, anxiety, and mood swings along with several other physical side effects.
The Treatment Process
Treating an opiate addiction is a complicated and dangerous process. All patients must be treated with the maximum amount of care and attention. Knowing that every patient and every situation is different, Sprout Health Florida designs each treatment program to be unique to the individual it serves. The process starts with thorough screenings, assessments, and evaluations that test for the level of drug dependence, any co-occurring physical issues, mental disorders, or dual addictions. We also ask a series of questions to uncover any past traumas that are usually part of the problem.
Once the patient is admitted into the right program, they begin the detox process. This process the most challenging part of the recovery and our experienced health professionals create a specialized program for each patient based on the evaluations done in the beginning. The goal is to wean the patient off of the drugs safely while minimizing the discomfort of the withdrawal symptoms.
Lastly and most importantly, the patient begins therapy. Detox alone will not cure an addiction for good. Patients must learn how to balance their life, thoughts, and emotions without the use of drugs. At Sprout Health Florida, we have found that the therapeutic process along with classes on stress management and personal well-being help patients overcome the mental issues that coincide with addiction and provide them the tools necessary to live a happy and productive life.