Opioids, also called opiates or narcotics, are found in certain prescription pain medications, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, fentanyl, morphine, and illegal drugs such as heroin. Doctors will prescribe opiate painkiller medications to treat acute pain. Prolonged use of opiates can lead to a lessening of the pain-relieving effects causing pain to become worse. As the effectiveness of the pain reliever begins to diminish, more of the drug is required for it to be effective. In such cases, it is necessary to find an opiate addiction treatment program, such as the one at Silicon Beach Treatment Center.
At Silicon Beach Treatment Center, we are committed to helping our clients understand and overcome their addiction, regardless of what type of drug they’re using or abusing. Our outpatient treatment center can help you manage your symptoms and learn how to cope with them in a healthy way. Please don’t try to overcome your addiction on your own. Contact Silicon Beach Treatment Center at 213.460.1706 to learn about our opiate rehab center in Los Angeles and all of our substance abuse treatment options available.
Signs of Opiate Use Disorder
Doctors may prescribe opiates to treat chronic or severe pain. However, with prolonged use, the effects of the medications may be reduced, and the pain may get worse. In addition, the body develops dependence, making it challenging to stop using them on your own. With prolonged use, changes to the functions in the brain’s nerve cells begin to occur. Even individuals using opiates for a long period of time as prescribed by a doctor can experience this change. When substance dependence interferes with your daily life, you may have developed an addiction. The nerve cells become used to having opiates present.
When substance dependence interferes with your daily life, you may have developed an addiction. When you suddenly stop taking the medication, you may experience a number of withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms are unpleasant feelings and reactions, which include vomiting, nausea, hot and cold sweats, diarrhea, low energy, irritability, insomnia, muscle aches and pains, and abdominal cramping.
Opiates are common medications in the United States today. Opiate use can be hard to identify if you don’t know the signs. For instance, the signs may include:
- Small pupils
- Slurred speech
- Flushed skin or itching
- Shallow breathing or slowed breathing
- Increased pain tolerance
Unfortunately, taking more of the medication that the doctor prescribes or using illegal opiates can be highly dangerous, which is why it’s critical to seek professional treatment.
Treatment of Opiate Abuse
At Silicon Beach Treatment Center, we understand the challenges that those who suffer from addiction to opiates face. Therefore, we take the time to get to know each patient and understand the unique factors that led to your addiction. We offer a variety of services to treat addiction, such as:
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Outpatient program
- Case management
- Family program
- Crisis intervention program
At our treatment programs, addiction is treated with behavioral therapy and medication. Evaluation and treatment of co-occurring mental health disorders will also typically be conducted. If diagnosed with a co-occurring disorder and opiate addiction, it is important that the client receive specialized treatment for both conditions. We can also provide sober living homes for those who do not have a supportive home environment.
Find Treatment at Silicon Beach Treatment Center
At Silicon Beach Treatment Center, we are proud to provide support for individuals with co-occurring addiction and mental health concerns. Through comfortable housing, individualized treatment, and highly experienced support staff, we can provide our clients with the care and structure needed to help them build lives and become responsible members of society. Contact us today to learn more at 213.460.1706.