Opiate addiction has been receiving more attention in the United States recently. Though addiction to painkillers was a generally well-known dilemma, few people realized that opiates, the key ingredient in many painkillers, is also found in heroin. Opiates are highly addictive, and should only be taken according to an experienced physician’s specific instructions. The side effects of opiate abuse are serious, but the effects of overdose are worse and could be lethal.
This is not intended to scare you. While heroin and painkiller abuse are serious, it can be treated just like any other addiction. At The Carter Treatment Centers in Suwanee and Cumming, GA, we offer holistic drug treatment programs that are customized to meet the needs of each and very patient. Addiction recovery is not easy, but it leads to a better brighter future. We are here to help you through your journey, and we’ll continue to support you for the rest of your life.
Opiates and Opioids- What’s the Difference?
If you’ve searched the internet for opiate addiction, you’ve likely found results for both opiate and opioid addiction. For the purposes of addiction recovery, the difference between these terms does not matter too much, but understanding what each one means can be beneficial when researching addiction.
- Opiates – Opiates are a natural extract from opium. Opium contains morphine and codeine and is used in the production of both these drugs, among others.
- Opioids – This is the synthetic version of opiates. They have similar properties, but are man-made and used for the manufacturing of heroin, methadone, oxycodone, and other substances.
Differentiating between these terms is slowly fading out of fashion, and it is expected that either opiates or opioids will become the dominating term at some point.
Symptoms of Opiate Addiction
Painkillers work by creating artificial endorphins that block pain and create a pleasant feeling. While effective, it is easy to see how this sensation could develop an addiction in some people. Like most drugs, the body builds a tolerance to opiates over time. This results in increased consumption to feel the effects, which in turn leads to more potent side effects and a risk of overdosing.
If you or a loved one take painkillers, you should speak with a doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Reduced coordination
- Lethargy and drowsiness
- Slurred speech
- Mood swings
- Anxiety attacks
- Nausea and vomiting
- Difficulty breathing
If you find yourself craving painkillers or other opiate substances, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible. Addictions can build gradually over time, allowing you to rationalize increased usage as it develops into a problem. Once an addiction has taken hold, professional rehabilitation is needed.
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The Carter Treatment Center allows you an opportunity to overcome addiction in a safe, monitored environment. Trying to recover from addiction alone is virtually impossible and increases the chance of suffering a relapse. Our knowledgeable and dedicated team can start developing your treatment plan for long-term recovery.
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