fbpx
skip to Main Content

Opiates

Opiates such as heroin and morphine come from the poppy plant. Opioids such as hydrocodone and oxycodone come from the laboratory. Opiates and opioids are often collectively referred to as opioids. Regardless, opiates and opioids are drugs used to treat pain. Opiates and opioids are narcotic drugs.

Opiate and opioid pain relievers include:

    • Codeine
    • Heroin
    • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
    • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
    • Methadone
    • Meperidine (Demerol)
    • Morphine
    • Oxycodone (Oxycontin)

If you taper or stop taking opiates and opioids after moderate to heavy use for a few weeks or more, a number of uncomfortable symptoms are likely to emerge. This is called opiate or opioid withdrawal. It has been estimated that about 1 million people in the USA used heroin in 2016. In the same year, about 12 million people were purchasing pain pills from street vendors. This means that the bulk of people addicted to opiate and opioid narcotics did not receive their drugs from licensed prescribers.

These opioids can and do cause physical and psychological dependence. This means that an individual is compelled to take an opioid drug in order to prevent substantially uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. As time moves forward, more of an opioid is required for the same effect, a phenomenon known as drug tolerance.

Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Opiate and opioid withdrawal occurs when chronic use is stopped or tapered down.

Symptoms of early opioid withdrawal include:

      • Agitation
      • Anxiety
      • Muscle aches
      • Increased tearing
      • Feeling like jumping out of your skin
      • Intense discomfort
      • Insomnia
      • Runny nose
      • Sweating
      • Yawning

Symptoms of late opioid withdrawal include:

      • Abdominal cramping
      • Diarrhea
      • Dilated pupils
      • Goose bumps
      • Nausea
      • Vomiting

Although opioid withdrawal symptoms are extremely uncomfortable, they are not life threatening. Regardless, many patients— during their height of opioid withdrawal, feel like they are near death as they undergo the pain and discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from opioids on your own is never a good idea, unless it involves recovery-sensitive medical staff, medicines, counseling, and support.

Opiate and Opioid Detox Meds

Medicines used during opiate withdrawal include:

      1. Buprenorphine (Subutex)
      2. Buprenorphine with naloxone (Bunavail, Suboxone, Zubsolv)
      3. Clonidine

Other medicines can help treat:

      • Vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • Insomnia
      • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)

But medical opioid detoxification does not equate to recovery from opioid dependence. Medical detoxification plus entry into a drug-free lifestyle does equate to sustained recovery.

Recovery-sensitive recovery programs include:

      • 90 self-help group meetings such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) in 90 days, often referred to as: 90 in 90
      • Recovery-sensitive outpatient counseling
      • Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP)
      • Day hospitalization (PHP)
      • Residential treatment

Reach Out

If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance abuse problem, please reach out to our addiction specialists for guidance and support, at (877)-RECOVERY or (877)-732-6837. Because We Care.

Our team of addiction specialists make themselves available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Because We Care.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out” 

– Robert Collier

Take a Look at Our Recent Blog Posts

Cbd-the-game-changer
CBD: A Game Changer?
CBD: A Game Changer?

CBD: An In-depth Look In all likelihood, you have probably heard the word ‘CBD’ thrown…

Reducing-debt-financial-wellness
Financial Planning: Reducing Debt
Financial Planning: Reducing Debt

Reducing Your Debt So, you’ve taken time to review your budget and you’ve made cuts…

Surviving-quarantine-fatigue
Surviving Quarantine Fatigue
Surviving Quarantine Fatigue

Our Lives Have Changed Back in December, did you get a little bit excited to…

Making-cuts-to-save-money
Financial Planning: Making Cuts to Save Money
Financial Planning: Making Cuts to Save Money

Financial Planning Recap Last month, we made our first introduction to financial planning. In that…

Financial Planning: Building Your First Budget!
Financial Planning: Building Your First Budget!

Financial Planning: Building Your First Budget! For many men and women who are recently in…

Recovery-lifestyle-reduces-risk-of-coronavirus
Recovery Lifestyle Reduces Risks of Coronavirus
Recovery Lifestyle Reduces Risks of Coronavirus

Evidence-based peer-reviewed scientific articles have long established the fact that respiratory viruses, including coronavirus, infect…

Recovery Apps - The Best Apps For Recovery - List Of Recovery Apps
11 Good Recovery Apps: Our Shortlist
11 Good Recovery Apps: Our Shortlist

Recovery? There’s an app for that. Recovery apps can help, especially in early recovery. Some…

How To Live A Sober Life - Stuff I Learned In AA - Alcoholics Anonymous
Stuff I Learned in AA: How To Live a Sober Life
Stuff I Learned in AA: How To Live a Sober Life

AA, or Alcoholic's Anonymous, is a very popular program of recovery. AA is a 12-step…

Royal Life Centers is one of the leading providers of addiction treatment in the nation. We strive to set ourselves apart from other treatment centers by providing not only the highest level of care, but also diverse programs and amenities. Our staff work around the clock to ensure the best possible chance of success in a safe and constructive environment. We pride ourselves on providing exemplary, quality addiction treatment and exceptional care.

Royal Life Centers provides the best quality of care, while extending our genuine hope and belief in each guest that steps into our facility. We strive to give each guest the most transformative recovery experience, not just because that’s what we do— but, Because We Care. We hope for each of our guests to rebuild happy, healthy, and meaningful lives in sobriety.

Back To Top