The terms opiates and opioids are often used interchangeably, but the two are different. Opiates are the natural opioids heroin, morphine, and codeine. Opioids refer to natural, semisynthetic, and synthetic opioids. Though opiate addiction, or opioid use disorder (OUD), has reached epidemic-level proportions over the years, it is still greatly misunderstood. OUD impacts people from all walks of life. It usually begins with prescription medications prescribed for pain and can spiral out of control before someone understands what is happening. Enrollment in a substance abuse treatment program is the best way to overcome opiate addiction.
Mile High Recovery Center in Denver specializes in treating substance use disorder (SUD). Whether your substance of choice is alcohol, marijuana, heroin, or opiates, we can help you get on the road to recovery. Polysubstance use, using more than one substance at a time, is common. We pride ourselves on confidently and effectively treating polysubstance abuse. Learn more about how we can help you or your loved one. Reach out online or call 303-268-2144.
What to Expect in Opiate Detox
The worst part of stopping opiates is going through withdrawal. An opiate detox program can help you safely and comfortably detox before going to opiate rehab. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is an essential part of opiate treatment. While withdrawal symptoms can be physically and psychologically painful, at Mile High Recovery Center, we are committed to helping you detox as comfortably as possible. Opiate withdrawal symptoms include:
- Stomach cramps, nausea, and vomiting
- Muscle spasms and aching bones
- Agitation, anxiety, and depression
- Runny nose, tremors, and sweating
- Fluctuating blood pressure
These symptoms range from mild to severe and depend upon other substance use, length and severity of addiction, mental health, and medical history. Additionally, individuals who have gone through detox before tend to have more severe withdrawal symptoms. Going through detox before opiate rehab allows your body to purge dangerous toxins quickly and safely, which can significantly reduce the severity and the length of your withdrawal. A medically supervised detox contributes to lower relapse rates.
Signs You Need Opiate Treatment
Opiate abuse and addiction often begin with medications prescribed to manage pain associated with cancer, significant medical procedures, or serious injuries. For many, it can be challenging to accept or even recognize they are addicted because doctors prescribed the drugs. Signs that you should seek help from an opioid addiction treatment center include:
- You are not taking the medication as prescribed. Are you taking more than prescribed or chewing or snorting your medication to increase the effects?
- You cannot control your use. Are you having cravings, or do you become agitated when you do not have the drugs of your choice?
- You are experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Do you experience sweating, body aches, nausea, or vomiting when not taking the drugs?
- Negatively impacting daily functioning. Have you gotten into legal trouble, or are you unable to tend to your responsibilities?
- Drug-seeking behavior. Do you spend most of your time using, thinking about using, or trying to get drugs? Do you have multiple prescriptions from different doctors?
- Risk-taking behaviors. Are you engaging in risky behaviors to get more drugs?
- Stealing. Are you stealing other people’s drugs or money and other valuables to get more drugs?
Answering yes to any of these questions could signify that your opiate use puts your health at risk, even if it is a prescription. At Mile High Recovery Center, we understand that attending opiate detox and opiate rehab might not be convenient, but the alternative could be deadly.
Turn to Mile High Recovery Center for Opiate Help in Denver
Mile High Recovery Center differs from many substance abuse treatment centers. We believe the best chance for success is long-term care, individualized treatment, and active community support and engagement. We work to restore mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Depending upon your specific needs, you may require residential or outpatient therapy. We offer:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- 12-step community support
- Group therapy
- Alumni program
If you or a loved one are struggling with opiate addiction, do not wait any longer to get help. Reach out to the Mile High Recovery Center team today. Call 303-268-2144.