Opiate Addiction

About Opiate Addiction

Derived from the opium poppy plant, Papaver somniferum, opiates are some of the most addictive drugs in human history.

Opioid addiction can destroy relationships, jobs, and finances.

All opioids are of high abuse potential under the Controlled Substances Act. Even so, America is in the midst of an opioid crisis. Every day, over a hundred lives are lost to overdose.

Children as young as five assume the role of protector to their younger siblings, while addicts often lose jobs or homes. However, at StepHouse Recovery, treatment is possible.

Types of Opiates

Most opiates, or narcotics, are used to manage pain. Types of opiates include:

  • heroin
  • morphine
  • fentanyl
  • other prescription pain medications (codeine, hydrocodone)

Symptoms of Opiate Addiction and Withdrawal

Opiate addiction is compulsively seeking and using opiates while suffering from harmful consequences. Dependency means an opiate user is going to suffer from withdrawal symptoms whenever he or she stops taking opiates.

Opiate withdrawal leaves many opiate addicts feeling trapped and distressed.

When abusers of opiates stop taking the drug, there are many withdrawal symptoms. These include:

  • Anxiety
  • Anorexia
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramps and aches
  • Pupillary Dilation
  • Mild Fever
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia

Patients suffering from other severe medical conditions should seek the assistance of a specialist.

If you or a loved one is struggling with opiate addiction, please contact us or call one of StepHouse Recovery’s friendly staff at (888) 923-7623.