Opiate Addiction Treatment
- Parent Category: Rehab
- Category: Treatment for Alcoholism
- Written by Stop Admin
Opiates enhance the effects of the neurotransmitters called endorphins by acting at nerve receptors for these natural body chemicals. They suppress pain, reduce anxiety, and at sufficiently high doses produce a very intense euphoric sensation. Anyone who takes opiates regularly for a long time, nerve receptors are eventually going to adapt and begin to resist the drug, causing the need for higher doses. Most can be taken by mouth, smoked, or snorted, although addicts often prefer intravenous injection, which gives the strongest and most immediate pleasure.
Opiates cause addicts to neglect their health and safety for many reasons, including a tendency to ignore pain and other normal physical warning signals. The use of intravenous needles can lead to infectious disease such as Hepatitis C and HIV, or an overdose. Intravenous administration often causes respiratory arrest and death. The other side of this tolerance is a physical withdrawal reaction that occurs when the drug leaves the body and receptors must readapt to its absence.
Going through opiate addiction treatment is not easy. Even recognizing and acknowledging the need is difficult, because addicts conceal, rationalize, and minimize, while friends and family may fear being intrusive or having to assume responsibility. The addiction is a chronic disease with no lasting inexpensive cure. Recovery, when it occurs, is precarious, and relapse is a constant danger.
The only real solution for someone who is lost in the chaos of opiate addiction, is a long term inpatient treatment center. Finding the right inpatient treatment is very important since this is where they can address the physical as well as the mental aspects of this serious problem. This is why it is important for the treatment to be long term. The addict will slowly be taught a new way to live without the use of drugs.