The Opioid Epidemic in America
Opiates come from opium, while opioids are chemically synthesized versions of opiate-like drugs. This class of drugs was initially designed to help patients manage and relieve pain, but the highly addictive properties of opioids caused opiate addiction to become a national crisis in the United States. There are currently over two million Americans who abuse opioids and around 50,000 people have died from opioid-involved overdoses. If you or a loved one is taking higher and more frequent doses of opioids, it is time to call Concise Recovery to get help. At Concise Recovery, we understand the dangers of abusing opioids and the effects it has on the lives of addicts and their family members. That’s why we strive to offer the best opiate addiction treatment programs in Los Angeles, California, and the surrounding cities and communities.
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Understanding Opiate Addiction
When opioids are taken as prescribed, these drugs help to relieve chronic pain. Opioid medications work by lessening many pain signals that your body sends to your brain, as well as changing how the brain responds to these signals. Although generally legal, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration categorizes opioids as controlled narcotics, due to their extremely addictive properties. The class ranges anywhere from I to III, depending on the specific substance in question.
Examples of well-known opiates and opioids include:
- Buprenorphine (Subutex)
Hydrocodone has a high risk for addiction and should not be prescribed for long-term use. Many people obtain prescriptions for hydrocodone from their doctor for pain management, then become addicted after continued use. Other people purchase hydrocodone as a street drug. Street names include Hydro, Vikes, Percs, Tabs, 357s, Watsons, Loris, or Vics. Increased tolerance to the drug can lead to overdose and death from respiratory depression. The American Society of Addiction Medicine states that drug overdose was the leading cause of death in 2013 and that 1 in 20 high school seniors have taken hydrocodone.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Opiate Addiction
xcessively seeking the next fix can cause trouble in relationships, at work, with the law, and with one’s mental and physical health. Common symptoms of opioid addiction include:
- Mood swings
- Infections from drug injections
- Slowed breathing
- Slowed heart rate
- Dry mouth
- Kidney issues
- Sleep problems
- Muscle pain
- Memory loss
- Nausea and vomiting
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How is Opiate Addiction Treated?
The use of Suboxone in the treatment of opioid addiction is effective since it helps in reducing the concentration of the drug in the body at a controlled rate. It also does so without having to deprive the opioid receptors of a substance that can stimulate them, forcing the body to work as if it still has access to the drug. As a result, using this form of treatment will reduce the number of opioids in your body without causing undue stress and other negative side effects.
The use of Suboxone has been associated with higher remission rates, as well as a longer period of staying clean. Because of this, a large number of agencies around the world are looking to make it cheaper and easier to access the proper materials for Suboxone treatment protocols.
If you have a problem dealing with an opioid addiction, using Suboxone treatment can be the best chance you have at getting rid of it. If you want to escape the clutches of opioid addiction, consider starting this form of therapy at Concise Recovery today.
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Is Cold Turkey Detox a Safe Option for Opiate Addiction Treatment?
A large number of people who are interested in stopping their opioid addiction often try to do so cold turkey. This might seem to be the easiest way to go about it, but it’s by no means the best. The success rate for this method of treatment is very low. For one, the addiction to opioids is strong, which means that you are likely to get cravings again. In addition,the side effects of stopping cold turkey are very severe and can even lead to death. Some of these include:
- Psychiatric side effects
- Difficulty breathing
- Poor vision
Contact Concise Recovery’s Opiate Addiction Treatment Team
If you have any questions about our opiate addiction treatment programs in Los Angeles, California, do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation with Concise Recovery today.