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What are Opiates

What are Opiates

Unfortunately, there is widespread use of opiates throughout the United States. For this reason, many areas of the US have declared an opiate epidemic. The problem isn’t just chronic pain either. In fact, there are many people who don’t even have pain who are using these drugs. Sometimes, they use them to reduce anxiety and other times they use the drugs just to get high.

The news isn’t showing enough of these deaths or the negative impact they are having on this country or the people in it. If you or someone you know is using opiates, it may be important to know there are about 128 people each day throughout the United States that are dying from overdosing on this drug.

In addition, many people aren’t even sure what opiates are and that is causing mass confusion, too.

Defining Opiates

Opiates are derived from opium alkaloid compounds that occur naturally in poppy plants. Some of the many types of opiate drugs include:

  • Opium
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Opium
  • Thebaine

If you or someone you know is abusing these drugs, reach out to our Midwood Addiction Treatment Center team today. We can help you to get clean and into recovery.

Types of Opioids

Opiates are a type of opioid. Two other types of opioids are the semi-synthetic and synthetic types. The semi-synthetic ones are made in labs from the opiates that occur naturally. The synthetic ones are made fully in labs.

Codeine and morphine are 2 of the most common natural opiates. Thebaine is another opiate alkaloid that comes from small amounts of opium. Even though it isn’t therapeutically used to manage pain, manufacturers often use it when making other drugs such as:

  • Buprenorphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Hydrocodone

If you or someone you know is using any of these drugs, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Midwood Addiction Treatment Center team. We want to help anyone who is suffering from an opiate addiction to get help in overcoming it.

Prescription and Illicit Use of Opiates

Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that opiate addiction and deaths related to opiate overdose did decrease back in 2018. However, since then, there has been another spike in drug-related overdose deaths particularly from opiate abuse. The deaths were from both prescription and illicit use of this drug. It is crucial that everyone knows even those who have a prescription for the drug can become addicted to and abuse it. Some people start off with an opiate prescription and end up addicted to heroin which is an illicit (illegal) opiate drug.

Whether you are using prescription or illicit opiates, if you want help to get clean, our team can put you in a treatment program today. We can help you get and stay clean and work on creating the life you want.

Types of Treatment for Opiate Addiction

Do you have an addiction to opiates of any kind? Whether you have a prescription or illicit opiate addiction, our team has treatments that can help you to overcome it. Some of the top and most effective treatments here at Midwood Addiction Treatment Center include:

  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • 12 step facilitation therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Family counseling
  • Group therapy
  • Nutritional therapy

If you aren’t sure which treatments out of these or any other treatments are going to be best in your case, that is alright. From the first time we speak, we will ask you questions and make you feel comfortable in getting treatment. We will do an assessment that is based on your addiction history, family history, personality and other factors to determine what is needed for your treatment plan.

Get Into Opiate Addiction Recovery Today

The recovery process for opiate addiction does take time. Most people find that outpatient treatment is helpful. However, there is a better chance of recovery when attending inpatient, partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient treatment first. After you have finished one of these programs, going to outpatient treatment or support groups afterward would be a great extension to your recovery.

One of the best parts about our Midwood Addiction Treatment Center team is that we will help you with aftercare. This means that before you leave our treatment center, we will help put a plan in place to help you continue your recovery. Then, if you ever need guidance or additional treatment, we will be here for you.

Get the Help You Need for Opiate Addiction Today

Do you need help for an opiate addiction? If so, don’t hesitate to let our team know today. We are here to help anyone who is struggling with this type of addiction. We have various treatment options that can help you to get clean, into a recovering lifestyle and onto the better life you have been trying to achieve.

Contact us today to get the help you need for opiate addiction.