Opioid Addiction


Opioid Addiction

Opioids are considered to be different forms of medications that are designed to treat pain, but instead, these classes of drugs tend to mislead people in pain into ignoring their symptoms of uneasiness. These misleading drugs tinker with the chemical balance inside the brain and when maltreated, prompt the brain to release massive amounts of dopamine. This aggressive amount of dopamine can be terribly addictive, which means that over time, you’ll need to continue to increase the dose to get the same effect as before. The United States is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic, as drug overdoses have become the leading cause of death, reporting that over 100 Americans die each day from a drug OD.

Most Common Opioid Drugs Include:
  • OxyContin
  • Fentanyl
  • Vicodin
  • Codeine
  • Opium
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Tramadol

Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that can cause major social, economic and health problems for ongoing use. Taking opioids over a long period of time can lead to a drug tolerance, which then leads to dependence that can cause physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal.

Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal:
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle Cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny Nose
  • Hot and Cold Sweats
  • Constipation
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Poor Coordination

The first step in opioid addiction treatment is a medically supervised detox. Detox from opioids can take at least 5-7 days to complete, depending on the type of opioids and how long you’ve been using them for. Once detox is completed, it is strongly recommended that a 30-90 day residential treatment program follows suite, studies have shown that the more time spent in a treatment setting, the better your chances are of long-term sobriety.

At Hira Health, we implement evidence-based practices to treat all forms of addictions, such as opioid and heroin addictions.