Dependence on opioid and opioid analgesics has become a public health problem in North America. According to the BBC for the period 2009-2014 only in Orange County, California, about 200 young people had died from dependence on this type of substance. It is essential that you know the origins of this dependency, and what to do in case you need help.
What are opioids?
Opioids or narcotics are all opium-like drugs. Most are alkaloids derived from the opium plant. These substances act directly on the opioid receptors of the body, located mainly in the central nervous system and in the gastrointestinal tract. Its primary effect is analgesic and also most trigger endorphins producing states of well-being and euphoria.
Types of narcotics
There are three broad groups of opiates, classified according to their nature and origin:
- Opium alkaloids: these are substances of a natural source. The most known is morphine, and there is also codeine.
- Semi-synthetic: in this group the most notorious (for its playful and adverse effects) is heroin, but we also find oxycodone.
- Synthetics: manufactured entirely artificially, but retain the same characteristics. Methadone and pethidine are in this group.
How is Opiate Dependence Developed?
From the physical point of view, the dependence generates when the body metabolizes this type of substances for a long time. To eliminate the physical dependency, doctors gradually reduce the consumption, and the body becomes accustomed to functioning again without them. If, on the other hand, the use stops abruptly, the patient can develop symptoms typical of abstinence syndrome.
On the other hand, psychological dependence or addiction requires more profound actions. The dependency is a primary neurobiological disease with a chronic condition. The causes can be genetic, psychosocial, environmental, or by consumption patterns. In each particular case, these causes influence its development and manifestations.
Sociopathic behaviors associated with consumption may include loss of control over the use of the narcotic, its compulsive use, consumption despite the patient's knowledge of the adverse effects, and anxiety to acquire the substance. For the treatment of this type of dependence, it is best to go to one of the opiate addiction treatment centers for help.
Always trust the experts
Opioid Addiction is the best among the opiate addiction treatment centers. We have a multidisciplinary team waiting to assist you or your relative. The reason why we are the premier rehab center in the country is that we have specialized in the treatment of this type of addiction, and we have specific procedures for each substance.
The patient in opioid addictions does not receive a "general treatment" of dependencies, but we have differentiated programs (for instance OxyContin, Meth, Heroin). Also, we count with a structural framework of therapies, which include activities throughout the day, such as healthy breakfast and early meetings, daily sessions of evening therapy and meetings of 12 steps at night.
We acknowledge that addiction is a disease and that by the nature of it, the person needs support and not judgments. During the time of rehabilitation, the patient will acquire the tools to strengthen their self-esteem and emotional system and to be able to deal with everyday problems without having to resort to their addiction. If you have any questions, just quote us or call us. Our team will be pleased to assist you, and if you want the call to be anonymous it does not matter, it will still be a pleasure to help.