Addiction comes in many forms, and it ravages lives in different ways—but opiate addiction can be especially treacherous. The drug class known as opiates encompasses everything from prescription painkillers to illicit drugs like heroin—and according to many researchers, represents the fastest growing addiction class in the United States.
For those addicted to opiates, hope and healing can seem distant, even impossible—but they are not. Opiate addiction help is out there, and in fact is available through MFI Recovery. Our program is known for its compassion and its care; for its individualization and for its affordability. Learn more about opiate addiction treatment, and about the options available to those in addiction’s grip.
What Drugs are Considered Opiates?
Opiate drugs have one central, shared characteristic—that is, they depress the body’s central nervous system. Within that basic category, there are a number of substances that qualify as addictive opiates.
As for illegal and “street” drugs, the most common is heroin. More and more, opiate addiction happens because of growing dependence on prescription painkillers. In fact, many major painkillers are now being phased out or used more sparingly than in generations past, as they have been recognized as potentially addictive (and potentially devastating) opiates.
Some of the most common prescription opiates include:
- Hydrocodone (i.e., Vicodin)
- Oxycodone (i.e., OxyContin and Percocet)
- Many other, related painkillers and drugs
Opiate Addiction Statistics in the United States
Opiate addiction is an epidemic, and a major public health concern. If you do not believe it, just look to the opiate addiction statistics. According to government research, there are 2.1 million people in the United States addicted to prescription opiates alone; meanwhile, heroin addiction encompasses an additional 467,000.
Signs of Opiate Addiction
Opiate addiction is alarmingly common, then—but not only that, it is also lethal. If your friend or loved one is in the grip of opiate addiction, it is vital that you offer support, encouragement and help—ideally persuading the individual to seek recovery.
Some of the signs of opiate addiction—important to know if you want to know how to help someone with opiate addiction—include co-occurring disorders like:
- Tobacco use
- Alcohol abuse
- Cannabis abuse
- Stimulant abuse
- Sleeplessness and insomnia
- Antisocial tendencies
- Trends toward anger/violence
What are the Side Effects of Opiates?
Some additional opiate abuse side effects include:
- Psychological symptoms, which might include wild mood swings, euphoria, irritability, depression and major anxiety.
- Behavioral issues, including large amounts of time spent obtaining opiates or hiding them from friends and family members.
- Physical symptoms, such as fatigue, constipation, high blood pressure, increased heart rate, decreased appetite, breathlessness, nausea, chest pain and confusion.
The worst-case scenario? Opiate addiction can be fatal—usually when used in an extreme amount or in tandem with other harmful substances.
Inpatient and Outpatient Opiate Detox Centers at MFI Recovery
The road forward for those addicted to opiates is to seek out opiate detox recovery programs, like those available at MFI Recovery’s two opiate detox centers. We proudly offer both inpatient/residential programs and an outpatient program—both of which have the option of detoxing and then moving directly into our intensive, ongoing recovery program.
What Drug is Used to Treat Opiate Addiction
The effects of opiate use are so strong that withdrawal from them can be particularly challenging and even painful—but for many clients, non-habit-forming medications can be administered to mitigate and minimize this pain. The use of Suboxone for opiate detox is especially common, though exact medications and dosages will vary from one client to the next.
How Long is Opiate Detox?
As for the length of the detox process, there is no single answer, as it simply depends on the nature and extent of the addiction, and to the other co-occurring conditions experienced by the client. It can range from a couple days to a few weeks, but ideally the detox period shifts directly into an ongoing period of intensive therapy and recovery.
MFI Recovery Insurance Information
Opiate addiction is serious business, enough so that we do not want to see anyone refuse treatment simply due to an inability to pay. As such, we accept in-network HMO and a variety of other insurance carriers.
Payment Arrangements on Co-Pays and Deductibles
MFI Recovery also accepts private pay and provides financial assistance to those in need; of particular note is the option to go through our detox program and then receive admission to our ongoing, intensive recovery program free of charge. Contact us today about these details.
And above all, make sure you understand the seriousness of opiate addiction—but also that hope is available, for you and your loved ones. Learn more by contacting MFI Recovery today.