Opioids are a class of drugs derived from the opium poppy plant. When taken as prescribed, these drugs help to relieve chronic pain. Opioid medications work by lessening the amount of 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 schedules opioids as controlled narcotics, due to their extremely addictive properties. The class ranges anywhere from I to III, depending on the substance in question. Opioid Addiction is a potentially life-threatening disorder if left untreated. Please call Restore Drug Detox Treatment at 855-636-5785 if you or a loved one needs help breaking free from opioid addiction.
Opioid drugs are generally divided into three subcategories:
- Naturally Occurring – drugs specifically made from opium, such as morphine
- Synthetic – Demerol, methadone, and other manufactured prescription medications
- Semi-Synthetic – a substance containing both natural and synthetic compounds. Heroin is one example.
Examples of well-known opiates and opioids include:
- OxyContin, Percocet
- Buprenorphine, Suboxone, Subutex
Withdrawing from opioids can be extremely uncomfortable, leading many people to seek these drugs out at all costs. This often compromises a person’s morals and values. Excessively 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
The severity of withdrawal symptoms will depend on the amount, frequency, and type of opioid abused. However, in most cases, these symptoms will peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose. During this time it is necessary to be under professional medical care, as dehydration can likely lead to convulsions. Oftentimes medications such as suboxone and subutex are carefully administered to alleviate particular symptoms of withdrawal.
The most common opioid withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle, bone, and joint pain
- Involuntary leg movements
- Cold flashes
- Abdominal cramping
- Cold sweats
- Dilated pupils
- Appetite changes
- Hot flashes
- Impaired judgement
Many people mistakenly assume that addiction ends with medical detox. This is entirely incorrect, as addiction recovery is a process and not a single event. Addiction is just as much a mental disease as it is physical. Once the detoxification process is complete, addicts must continue on in their recovery through quality addiction treatment programs.
Restore Drug Treatment Center offers the programming needed to help addicts get back on their feet. From traditional therapies, such as individual, group and family therapy, to alternative treatment programs, Restore Drug Rehab LA provides clients with the tools and skills for long-term success in recovery.