One very serious form of substance abuse has been the recent growth in the addiction of opiates. The country has seen a massive increase in the number of individuals who have experienced some form of this epidemic. Opioids produce a sense of wellbeing or euphoria that can be addictive to some people. Opioids are legitimately used for treating pain. When used for pain relief, many people develop tolerance, meaning they need more and more to get the same effects. Some people go on to develop an addiction to opioids. In general, opiates are very powerful and extremely addictive, which has understandably led to their abuse, including the consumption and abuse of legitimate prescriptions given by doctors and healthcare providers. The withdrawal symptoms are very hard to overcome, which is usually why users have such a difficult time breaking the addiction.
The way that opioids work is that they block pain signals, so when someone is prescribed opiates, they tend to experience a vast reduction of their pain, or no pain at all. Opioids attach themselves to types of proteins in the body, which are called “opioid receptors”, which gather in the regions of the brain, one’s spinal cord and other regions. They ultimately help eliminate the pain and the perceptions of experiencing pain. You can see that this can be a desirable effect for those looking to escape either physical or mental pain in their lives, and the path to abuse is not always one of intent.
For those struggling with opioid dependence, recovery can be difficult without the help and guidance of a strong substance abuse program. Utilizing the Hazeldon/Betty Ford COR-12 (Comprehensive Opioid Response with the 12-Steps) Program for Opioid Dependence, Peak View can help make a significant difference in the lives of those who are struggling with this type of addiction.
Opiate abuse can stem from the use of the following:
- Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percoset)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Hycodan)
- And many other forms
If you or a loved one are interested in learning more about our various programs, and how they might be able to help, contact us today for a completely free and confidential assessment. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – contact us at 719-444-8484.