According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2017, more than 72,000 Americans died from a drug overdose. Of those, around 49,060 of those deaths were related to opiate overdoses. With opiate-related deaths continuing to rise, the need for opiate addiction treatment is critical. Typically, a residential treatment program begins the road to lasting recovery from this substance use disorder.

What is an Opiate?

An opiate is defined as a substance relating to, resembling, or containing opium. This class of drug includes both natural and synthetic forms. Some of these include heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl, Oxycontin, and Vicodin. Opioids are depressants, meaning that they affect the central nervous system by slowing it down.

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When an opiate is ingested, by means of snorting, smoking, or injecting, the brain is flooded with dopamine, which causes a person to feel:

  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Pain relief
  • Drowsiness
  • Sedation

Possible physical signs of opiate use include:

  • Pinprick pupils (one of the most distinguishable signs)
  • Lethargy or nodding out
  • Track marks on arms
  • Paranoia

How Opiate Overdoses Happen

The more an opiate is taken, the more tolerance is built up, causing a person to have to ingest more each time to achieve desired effects. The slang for this concept is known as “chasing the dragon.” The dragon refers to the initial high, the one that symbolizes the pinnacle high, and the one the user will most likely never feel again.

In some cases, in an effort to reach this desired high, a person will accidentally use too much and overdose. Another common situation that causes an overdose is in the case when a person stops using for a couple of days. Tolerance often depletes quicker than one realizes. When they go to use again, if they use the same quantity they were using before, an overdose is likely.

Opiate Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one suffer from opiate addiction, finding a treatment program is crucial to not only quitting the substance but also saving a life.

Optimal addiction treatment offers more than just a place to quit using: the overall environment should be conducive for gaining clarity into the root causes underlying the addiction. A partial hospitalization program provides the care necessary for those who can’t live on-site for treatment.

How to Help

By definition, addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. It is a complex disease, and like other mental illnesses, comes packed in layers of emotional undercurrents.

The best way to help a loved one is to approach him with compassion and understanding, preferably under the guidance of an intervention specialist.

Opiate Addiction Treatment at First Step Center of Arizona

In addition to offering addiction treatment for opiates, First Step Center of Arizona provides individualized care for each client at its inpatient residential treatment center. With only 10 beds, our all-male clientele benefit from receiving a personalized program tailored to meet specified needs.

We offer programs and therapies like:

Don’t wait any longer to get the help you need. Opiate addiction is a serious disease that is devastating American families nationwide. To find out more about opiate addiction treatment at First Step Center, call us now at 866.832.6398.