What are Opiates or Opioids?
Opiates are a class of highly addictive drugs that are oftentimes naturally derived from the opium poppy (known as Papaver somniferum). Opiates have a long and rich history in human culture but today are most often prescribed for their painkilling or analgesic properties. In addition to making the pain go away, these drugs also activate the reward pathways of the brain which gives them a high potential for abuse. Opiates include: opium, morphine, codeine, and many others. Opioids, by comparison, are synthetic (artificial or man-made) versions of opiates that include: Heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin, Fentanyl, and others.
Opiate Addiction and Dependency
Opiates can become highly addictive and have a high potential for dependency because they produce a “high” similar to other drugs of abuse. After you exercise or exert yourself, your body releases natural chemicals called endorphins – which produces the “runner’s high,” that we are all familiar with. Opioids hijack this system producing feelings of sedation, euphoria, and pain relief. It is not unlikely that a person can become dependent on opiates after they have been prescribed them for chronic pain or even after surgery. It is also common that these drugs are sold on the street in the form of heroin or other stronger variants. During opiate addiction treatment at Olympia House, we go to great lengths understand both the biological and psychological factors like this that inform our approach.
Heroin is a synthetic variant of morphine but is drastically more potent. It is perhaps the most infamous of all substances and has a reputation worse than nearly all other drugs of abuse. Heroin can be shot up with a syringe (intravenous use) or can be smoked. It is not uncommon for those dependent on prescription painkillers to turn to heroin as it can oftentimes be a cheaper, more available, and stronger alternative. At Olympia House, we know heroin addiction treatment must take into consideration all of these aspects when treating a patient. Heroin addiction and abuse is on the rise in the US and has seemingly reached an intensity like never seen. Heroin, although known for its potency among the opioids is often times combined with even stronger opioids like fentanyl. This makes the risk of overdose exponentially more likely and the risk of abuse and addiction becomes much higher. We work with residents and clients one-on-one every day in our Sonoma County heroin abuse treatment program at Olympia House, and we understand that you or a loved one.
OxyContin addiction is a physical and physiological dependence on the opioid painkiller oxycodone. Although addiction to the drug can start with OxyContin abuse, where users take large quantities of the drug, crush it and inject it, or smoke it – it is perhaps just as likely that the user was once prescribed the drug for a common pain condition. OxyContin is approved to treat moderate to severe pain conditions but is extremely habit-forming. It is widely agreed, that much of the current opioid crisis seen in the US can be attributed to this drug and it’s manufacturer Purdue Pharma whose quest to make profits at all costs resulted in reckless policies at the expense of patient’s lives. At Olympia, we work every day with the victims of this tragedy and those who suffer from OxyContin addiction. OxyContin addiction treatment, like other opioid or opiate treatment, involves the use of substitute medications and a compassionate holistic approach.
Fentanyl is the most powerful opioid prescribed to residents and clients for severe or cancer pain. Because of its potency (50-100x as strong as morphine), the risk of overdose is enormous. Fentanyl is often incorporated into heroin and is sold illegally on the street. We understand the complex facets that go into fentanyl abuse treatment. Often times those experiencing fentanyl addiction have had many close calls and near-death experiences do to their drug use. At Olympia House know that providing the safe, comfortable, and medically sound environment in the beautiful Sonoma County is the perfect fit for fentanyl addiction treatment. We are here for you or your loved one and can help you navigate the throws of fentanyl addiction. Given how dangerous Fentanyl is and the success we have demonstrated in our fentanyl addiction treatment program – we encourage you or a loved one to get help immediately. Don’s
A National Opioid Crisis
Since 2001, the US government has spent over 1 Trillion dollars due to the damage ravaged by opiate addiction. At its peak, researchers have concluded that there are 81 prescriptions for opioids for every 100 Americans. Fluctuations in drug policy regarding opioids resulted in many overdoses but also pain conditions to go undertreated. As Congress, physicians, and addiction leaders strike a crucial balance, Olympia House remains at the forefront – utilizing evidence-based medical and therapeutic interventions with our residents and clients.
Our Approach to Treating Opiate Addiction
Opiate Withdrawal and Opioid Detox
It is possible for residents and clients at the Olympia house to go through a supervised medication assisted detox also referred to as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) or non-medical detox when appropriate for heroin addiction, OxyContin addiction, Fentanyl addiction, and all other types of opiate addiction. We go to great lengths to make sure our clients and residents are comfortable. Indeed the detoxification period during the beginning of opiate treatment is most often not life-threatening, it can be highly uncomfortable. Olympia House utilizes many resources to make sure you or a loved one undergoes successful opioid detox.
Opiate Addiction Treatment
Residents and clients have a variety of options when it comes to residential treatment at Olympia. You or your loved one can participate in counseling, group therapy, family therapy, and other peer support groups.
After treatment, recovery can be a long and winding road sometimes full of bumps but there is always the chance to overcome obstacles – even big ones. Sober living environments and groups of others who have gone through the throws of opioid addiction are extremely helpful for many of our residents and clients. At Olympia House, we are very proud that we can provide free Tune Up Care to continue your recovery and avoid relapse. We always use all the tools at our disposal including evidence-based approaches like medication-assisted treatment or MAT to ensure a lasting recovery.
We are here to support you or your family. We know how difficult, discouraging and dangerous opioid addiction can be. Don’t wait another hour to contact us if you or a loved one is suffering: (888) 795-1965