Opiates are a group of medications that relieve pain such as hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet), morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza), codeine, and other related drugs. Between 1991 and 2010, prescriptions for Opioid Analgesics increased from about 75.5 million to 209.5 million. Because these medications are prescribed by doctors many assume that they are safe to take under any circumstances — This is not the case.
Prescription drugs act on the brain by activating Opioid receptors, which increase the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. The increase in dopamine is what causes the intense feeling of happiness and pleasure that people feel when they use these drugs. The short-term effects of the painkiller may include relaxation, drowsiness, itching, sweating, dilated pupils, vision problems, nausea, vomiting, lack of concentration, constipation, anxiety, slowed breathing, fatigue and decreased appetite. The long-term effects of use may include depression, insomnia, tolerance, death from respiratory depression, decreased concentration, decreased pain threshold, and an increased risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis from injection usage.
Suncrest Counseling will customize a treatment plan for your recovery from Opiates. As state-licensed substance abuse and Day Treatment facility, we can also provide an intensive program where you can attend counseling each weekday.