Opioid Addiction: Are You Addicted to Opioids?
Opioid addiction is on the rise. Opium, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, and heroin are some of the most common types of opioids being abused today. In fact, The Opioid Crisis has become so rampant that it was classified as a “public health emergency” last year in 2017. It doesn’t take long to become physically and mentally dependent on an opioid, which is one of the main risks commonly associated with taking prescription medication for pain – even when prescribed by a doctor. By the time the prescription regimen is complete, your body and mind may already be craving more. So what happens when you experience a physical and mental addiction to opioids and what do you do if you are suffering from an opioid addiction?
Though an opioid addiction can happen after opioids are abused continuously, a physical dependency can also occur after taking prescription painkillers as prescribed. This physical dependency can eventually lead to a full-blown addiction once the prescription is complete because the mental and physical desire for more may be incredibly strong. This is a common story for addicts who have found themselves turning to painkillers on the street after their prescriptions ran out. For others, a painkiller addiction quickly manifests itself into a heroin addiction due to a cheaper cost. Either way, an opioid addiction exists and can result in fatal consequences.
An opioid withdrawal occurs after the body has become accustomed to the drug being present. Withdrawal symptoms can occur in as a little as just a few hours after use. When your body becomes dependent on opioids and you stop abusing them, you may experience physical effects of withdrawal such as sickness, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation as well as additional symptoms like strong drug cravings and depression. Though you may think it’s safe to withdraw from opioids at home, it’s most effective to turn to a reputable drug addiction treatment center where you can safely be treated and weaned off. Withdrawing from opioids at home by yourself can leave you vulnerable to a relapse. Addiction treatment at a trusted drug rehab facility, like The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs, can provide you with a safe medical detox from opioids as well as help you discover the tools for long-term recovery.
Opioid Addiction Treatment
Drug addiction treatment is a vital part of recovering from an opioid addiction. Though an addict may be under the impression that they can “stop at any time,” they may find themselves in a cycle of relapse. Finding a reputable medical detoxification and intensive inpatient drug rehab like The Watershed can provide not only the medical professionals needed for supervised care and therapy but also a safe place to be separated from the drugs long enough to participate in critical treatment.
Are you addicted to opioids and unsure about what to do? The Watershed is here to help 24/7. You deserve to live a clean and sober life, and you can. Let The Watershed help. Call today