Opiate Addiction

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What are Opiates?

When opiate recovery is needed, Avalon Malibu offers the most comprehensive, comforting care at our residential Cottage House. Our licensed therapists and physicians support clients as they quietly retreat to withdraw safely from the physical effects and dependencies of opiates.

An opiate is a narcotic that is highly addicting. It comes in multiple forms, but is derived from the poppy plant. It is used in the making of morphine, heroin, and various painkillers that include codeine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.

In India, opium is harvested by licensed poppy farmers and is dehydrated to uniform levels for government processing. It is then sold to pharmaceutical companies, which extract morphine from the opium. In medicine, the term opiate describes any of the narcotic opioid alkaloids found as natural products in the opium poppy plant.

Opiates act as a depressant in the central nervous system and work to change brain nerve receptors. Opiate dependence is a medical diagnosis characterized by an individual’s inability to stop using opiates, even when it is in a person’s best interest to do so. Opiates cause physical dependence, which causes the addicted individual discomfort and even life danger when quitting.

People often commence an opiate addiction without realizing what is happening to them. Many addicts suffer with a lack of information and knowledge regarding treatment, and people do not easily withdraw from opiates. There are a number of prescribed medicines that are often used in detox to help an opiate addicted individual gradually become free and clear of using opiates.

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms Include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Shakes
  • Muscle aches
  • Sweating

Signs of Opiate Addiction

  • A strong desire and compulsion to take opiates
  • Difficulty in controlling drug-taking behavior (levels of use)
  • A physiological withdrawal when drug use is stopped or reduced
  • A tolerance to opiates in order to achieve effects originally produced by lower doses
  • Growing neglect of pleasures and interests because of drug use
  • Continued drug use in the face of harmful consequences

Dangers of Withdrawing from Opiates

Using opiates repeatedly can harm the liver, create a depressive mood, and impair cognitive functioning. Quitting opiates can be especially harsh. Symptoms of withdrawal usually start within twelve hours of last opiate usage.

It is estimated that 9 percent of the population in the United States will misuse opiates over the course of their life. This includes heroin and prescription pain medications like OxyContin. The time it takes to become physically dependent on opiates varies with each individual.

Avalon Malibu offers the highest standard of care in our residential program. We contract with four board-certified physicians specializing in psychiatry, internal medicine, addictionology, neurology, and other certified specialists in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, neurofeedback and other holistic approaches to medicine where opiate-addicted individuals can receive support with the best treatment and recovery agendas. Visitors learn important tools that support their recovery from opiates for the long term. At Avalon Malibu, we commit to follow and participate in our client’s journey for one solid year after discharge.

Avalon Malibu offers a new paradigm in treatment philosophy by integrating recovering and healing. The Avalon Sanctuary Model provides adults an opportunity for reflection through introspection, education and mindfulness practice.

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