Opiate Drug Addiction

 What are opiate drugs?

Opiate drugs are characterized as drugs that are used to relieve moderate to severe pain. The most recognized pain medications are vicodin, percocet, oxycodone, and morphine. These drugs are often prescribed for dislocations, fractures, and lower back pain. Opiate drug addiction can lead to serious health conditions, death and can even become a gateway into the use of other legal or illegal drugs.

Why is opiate drug addiction so dangerous?

Adults suffering from opiate drug addiction also face a severe risk of respiratory depression. This form of depression simply put means the reduction in the number of breathes per minute. This slowed respiratory action may also lead to brain damage or even death.

Long term effects

Opiate overdose can lead to serious long term health issues such as respiratory depression, skeletal muscle flaccidity, reduction in blood pressure and heart rate, coma, respiratory arrest and death. Overusing opiates also bring psychological and physical dependence or tolerance to the prescribed amount leading users to take larger doses of opiate drugs.

Common side effects of opiate drug addiction:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Sedation
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Weakness

Other harms of opiate addiction:

Many opiate drug users often overdose due to their tolerance to the drug. They take over the prescribed amount to achieve the same level of high from their normal dosage resulting in an overdose or respiratory depression. Opiate drug addiction may also lead its users who no longer have access to the drug to resort to the use of illegal drugs such as heroin. Heroin has opiate compounds that produce similar effects as prescribed pain relieving medication causing opiate users to use heroin as a substitute which often leads to heroin addiction.

Opiate Drug Addiction Treatment

Opiate addiction treatment is accessed by the patient’s needs which will determine the individualized treatment plan our team at The Cove Center for Recovery will provide. Our staff of qualified addiction professionals combines a motivational program individually designed around a positive environment to boost self-esteem and produce long term results.

The Cove Center for Recovery has successfully treated clients with opiate addiction to a sustained recovery.