Opiate addiction treatment program at Morningside Recovery

At Morningside Recovery, our opiate addiction treatment program works by changing deep-seated emotions and patterns of behavior. Many people addicted to prescription drugs and heroin want to quit, but don’t know how. Their desire to satisfy cravings and suppress withdrawal symptoms is almost always stronger than their ability to quit. They need help to overcome addiction.

How Opiates Affect the Body

Opiates are a group of drugs used to treat pain. Once opiates enter the body, they bind to specific opioid receptors in the brain called mu-opioid receptors. When these mu-opioid receptors activate the reward center of the brain, they stimulate dopamine production resulting in feelings of pleasure, well-being, and pain-relief.

Opiate Addictions We Treat

  • Heroin addiction – Highly addictive and illegal opiate commonly injected, inhaled, or smoked
  • Vicodin – Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen (Tylenol) prescribed for chronic pain
  • Percocet – Highly addictive combination of Oxycodone and Acetaminophen (Tylenol) prescribed for short-term pain
  • Codeine – Cough reliever derived from morphine
  • Oxycontin addiction – Time-release painkiller with the active ingredient oxycodone
  • Opana – Painkiller 6-8 times more powerful than morphine

Dangers of Opiates

Addiction to opiates typically begins with a legitimate prescription for pain. Many people develop a tolerance to medication, and require more and more of the drug to experience the same euphoric and painkilling effects.

Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Hot and cold swats
  • Goose bumps
  • Nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain

Opiate Health Risks

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakened immune system
  • slowed breathing rate
  • decreased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Respiratory and cardiac arrest during an overdose

Detox and Addiction: Is It Important?

The first step in an opiate addiction treatment program is detox. While many believe simply quitting cold turkey is the answer, it can actually be quite dangerous. A professional detox program can help individuals remove the opiates from their system in a safe and comfortable manner.

Over time, the body becomes dependent on the use of opiates. When the drug is no longer in use, the body experiences withdrawal. The signs of withdrawal can range from flu-like symptoms to seizures and heart failure. Morningside detox programs help individuals go through this first step as comfortably and safely as possible. Once detox is complete, the individual is able to turn their focus to the rest of their treatment.

An Opiate Addiction Treatment Program That Works

All clients receive customized addiction treatment services that address their abuse patterns and related medical, psychiatric, and social problems. Clients participate in healthy activities every day and experiential activities like surfing on the weekend. As clients progress through treatment, they discover changes in their behavior and thought process. Clients learn how to handle stressful circumstances and environmental cues that once trigged relapse. They start a new, drug-free lifestyle while still in treatment. Clients also learn healthy coping mechanisms that help promote long-term wellness and sobriety.

Some of our Morningside Recovery rehab programs include:

Along with an opiate addiction treatment program, we also provide numerous addiction therapy services for our clients. These services include:

If you’re ready to start our opiate addiction treatment program, call Morningside Recovery today at 855-631-2135. Learn how to start making better choices, every day, starting with right now.

“I got to the point where I knew I was lying to myself every day, but I couldn’t stop. I never thought I could get like that, totally controlled by a drug. I would wake up and tell myself that I wouldn’t get loaded. But I always found an excuse to pop some pills.” – Morningside Alumni