Our treatment team is highly experienced with treating opiate addictions. As well as a vast technical understanding of the science behind the addiction, we understand that for many this addiction may be completely unique and separate to the person’s character.
Within our Life Healing Centers and Treatment Clinics, we provide a safe environment allowing our clients to work through, let go, and redevelop the natural processes within the body that allow them to feel good again, naturally. Our unique combination of specialized opiate addiction treatment, together with the emotional and spiritual support provided at Breathe Life Healing Centers means that clients and families get their lives back, better than before.
What are Opiates?
Opiates refer to any drug derived from the opium poppy plant. The most common examples of opiate addictions are related to the following drugs:
Vicodin and Codeine are both used clinically, and under correct medical supervision are of benefit to patients undergoing certain treatments and especially in pain relief. However, without medical expertise and correct dosage, taking these drugs can lead to chemical dependency and opiate addiction.
Fentanyl, a synthetic opiate that is 50-100 times stronger than morphine, works by binding to the body’s opiate receptors, which are highly concentrated in areas of the brain that control pain and emotions. When opiate drugs bind to these receptors, they can drive up dopamine levels in the brain’s reward areas, producing a state of euphoria and relaxation. Mixing fentanyl with street heroin or cocaine drastically amplifies both potency and risks.
How do people become addicted to opiates?
Opiates are highly addictive as they create a chemical reaction in the part of the brain that creates ‘pleasure’. The initial effects are so intense that it is difficult for the brain to recreate the feeling naturally, thus leading to an almost immediate need to take the drug again. The come down from this chemical high can be devastating, and many find it almost impossible not to keep turning to the drug to recreate the feeling they experienced, even if they did not have an addictive personality before. The most destructive aspect in opiate addictions are that once the brain becomes reliant on them, it stops producing its own endorphins, thus creating both the craving for the drug as well as a chemical and physiological need.
Even with no prior history of addiction, someone can become immediately dependent after just one use of these kinds of drugs, creating an addictive control on their life. Opiate addiction can destroy families and friendships, and the very drug itself can seem like the only way for someone to feel good again.
How long does opiate addiction treatment last?
Letting go of opiates can be a longer journey than with some other addictions. The intense physiological effect of the drug requires the body to be clean for at least a month, before the treatment process can truly begin. At Breathe Life Healing Centers + Treatment Services, we help you through the initial withdrawal from opiates while providing physiological and emotional healing from the harmful effects of the substance itself.
How Breathe Can Help
We work with our clients to rebuild their life in a way that no longer needs the drug, breaking the cycle of craving, feeding, and numbing. We replace the old patterns of opiate addiction with life-affirming, addiction-free lifestyle habits that promote lifelong health and vitality. We educate each client and their families to deal with re-entry into life outside opiate rehab and how to avoid falling into old patterns and crowds where taking drugs is the accepted way of life. At Breathe, opiate addiction treatment is a journey that begins at Breathe and continues into our client’s lives in a lasting journey of recovery free from addiction.
If you or someone you love is struggling with an opiate addiction, we can help. Call 800-929-5904 anytime.