The United States is in the middle of an addiction crisis. Every day, more than 130 people in the U.S. die from an opioid overdose. It has increased drastically in the past few years to become a national emergency – opioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 45 states.
Opiates are highly addictive and challenging to break their destructive force. It is a disease that ruins lives. Fortunately, Wavelengths Recovery can help. We’ve been helping individuals suffering from an opiate addiction throughout the United States for years. We know how powerful the disease can take hold of your life. With our supportive and caring staff, Wavelengths provides the tools that you need to get on the road of recovery.
What Are Opiates?
Opiates are a highly addictive pain reliever that carries a high risk of addiction for anyone who takes them for a prolonged time. Opioids are the synthetic or partly synthetic version of an opiate – it affects the brain and body similarly, but its active ingredients involve man-made synthetics.
Common legal opiate drugs include:
- Hydrocodone, such as Vicodin
- Oxycodone, such as Percocet or Oxycontin
When taking an opiate, the drug enters the bloodstream and creates a flood of artificial neurotransmitters, making the user feel a wave of pleasure and exhilaration. However, to keep feeling this pleasure, the user will need to retake the drug. To prevent having the same feelings, the user will continue using the medicine over and over again until it becomes an issue.
When a Need Becomes an Opiate Addiction
Opiate addiction is not a sudden disease; it takes time to develop and take over your life. It first starts as a physical need – you need something to relieve the pain. But as time goes on, opiates change the chemistry of the brain, and you build up a tolerance. You begin to take larger doses to experience the same effects.
When you do stop using the opiate, your body goes through withdrawal. You become anxious, feel nauseated, and suffer intense muscle pain. You begin to crave the drug. You may try to fake the pain symptoms to get refills or visit several doctors to obtain multiple prescriptions.
In many cases, a person who is suffering from opiate addiction will eventually turn to heroin to feed the cravings. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 80 percent of those who use heroin first misused prescription opiates.
Wavelength Recovery’s Opiate Addiction Treatment Plan
The Wavelengths’ opiate addiction treatment program is designed to halt the process of opiate addiction by incorporating an individualized treatment plan, specific to the client’s needs. The plan may include medication-assisted treatment as well as individualized therapy, counseling, and programs aimed at improving coping skills and reclaiming a sense of self-worth. Located in beautiful Huntington Beach, just minutes away from the Pacific Ocean, we follow an each-one-teach-one model in our treatment programs, which means nobody has to go it alone.
We offer a healthy, safe, and structured environment, allowing the participants to recreate their lives so they can safely transition into, as well as maintain, sobriety. Our ultimate goal is to give the participants the tools needed to live a successful and sober life.
If you or someone you love is suffering from opiate addiction, now is the time to get the help you need. Contact Wavelengths Recovery today to see how we can help you pick up the pieces of your life.