In the past, it was thought that once someone had become addicted to opiates that there was no treatment that could free them from their addiction. Years of research and successful treatment plans have shown that this is simply not true. With the appropriate opiate addiction treatment most people can now overcome opiate addiction.

There are many different types of opiates. While heroin is the most frequently used opiate, other popular forms of opiates include codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, morphine, Percocet, Darvocet, Buprenorphine, and many more. Regardless of the name or brand of opiates all opiate substances are extremely addictive and are often abused. People start using and then abusing opiate substances for many different reasons. Some people experiment with drugs and can get hooked at a “pill party” where dishes of various drugs that have been found in medicine cabinets are brought together and passed around for others to “try them out.” Others may have received a prescription to treat a painful medical condition such as a torn ligament or to recover from knee surgery and they can’t stop using the pills after the physical condition has healed.  Regardless of why someone starts using opiates, they often cannot stop once they start, even if they wish to do so desperately, and they need help to receive treatment to begin the fight to overcome their addiction to opiates.

Opiate addiction is a disorder that is caused by damage to the nervous system from habitual use of opiates.  Opiates are very addictive and are various substances that can be both legal and illegal in nature and manufacture. Over time, the body loses the ability to produce its own natural pain killer, endorphins, the cells that produce them actually die as a person uses more and more opiates, as this process occurs the user needs more and more quantities of opiates on an ever increasing basis to obtain the same pain relief or high. The body in fact becomes dependent on receiving the substance in order to continue to function. When a user suddenly stops using the opiate the reaction is very dangerous as they begin to go through withdrawal symptoms that are both physical and mental in nature. Some of these reactions are milder, such as itching, insomnia, irritability, mood swings and depression while in some other cases death can result from the withdrawal process and this is why it is imperative to find a treatment facility that can best address all of the user’s needs through all of the phases of battling addiction. Finding an opiate addiction treatment center that provides detox and individual and group counseling to deal with the psychological addiction are the bare minimums that any drug rehab facility must offer to be successful in treating an opiate addiction.

Regardless of the reason why someone started using opiates, or the type of opiates that the person has used, or even how long or how intensely they have been using opiates, there is opiate addiction treatment available for anyone who sincerely wishes to stop using drugs and to become drug free.

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