What is Opiate Addiction?

The face of opioid addiction has changed the way people look at –and treat- this devastating illness. Addiction is no longer perceived as a disease of the poor; the uneducated; or the downtrodden. Today’s opioid crisis has infiltrated every segment of society. No community is safe from its grip. Rich … poor … young … old … everyone is at risk.

With the opioid crisis reaching epidemic proportions, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that as many as 100 people die each day from its abuse. Now called a “National Public Health Emergency,” addiction to opioids is becoming commonplace in many American households. More and more middle-agers and senior citizens are falling victim to opioids like codeine, fentanyl, and morphine, every day. This is changing the way rehabilitation centers are tackling the disease. Leaving behind the traditional 12-step approach to healing, Elevate Addiction Services showcases an innovative new approach to helping opioid addicts get – and stay – drug-free.

How the Opioid Crisis Started

Addiction is always tough for a family to face. But, today’s crisis is affecting families that never imagined they would be forced to deal with addiction. While in the past people may have considered opioid addiction to be reserved for those shooting heroin in abandoned buildings or alleyways, today’s most common addict is between the ages of 35-75. Most began using the drug out of necessity when it was prescribed by their doctor to help them deal with the pain related to an injury or trauma.

In 2015, 40% of all Americas were prescribed some type of painkiller for a legitimate reason. That same year, nearly 2 million substance abuse users were addicted to opioids. Even more shocking to learn: it is believed that 4 out of 5 heroin users first used prescription painkillers. When the painkillers no longer helped they turned to heroin.

While opioids like codeine, morphine, and oxycodone are prescribed to help the 100 million people who suffer from chronic pain conditions, the fact remains that even when taken as prescribed, opioids are very addictive.

How Do I Know If My Loved One Is Addicted to Opioids?

You notice that your loved one is taking more and more pain medication. Their doctor doesn’t seem concerned when asked to prescribe more, so it’s okay, right? Not necessarily. Taking any opioid drug for even a short time can cause the body to become dependent. Taking it over several weeks or months only depends on the dependence by creating tolerance to the drug.

In time, this dependence will turn into an addiction.

Here’s how it works: As the body adapts to the drug it begins to require higher and higher dosages in order to offer any pain relief. This kind of dependence creates a danger for abuse.

Addiction, on the other hand, is more than a need for more mediation. Opioid addiction occurs when the tolerance for a drug becomes so high that it actually begins to change the neurochemical properties in the brain. The patient doesn’t just need more medication to feel better – their brain convinces the body that it needs the drug to function. This leaves them feeling helpless and desperate for more (the psychological effects of addiction). If the drug is discontinued, the body reacts violently with a variety of withdrawal symptoms. This is the physical side effect of the addiction.

If you suspect that you or someone you love is addicted to prescription painkillers, look for these common signs:

  • An increase of pain
  • The need to increase dosages
  • Mood changes
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Poor coordination
  • Depression
  • Anger

Finding Help

Asking for help isn’t always easy. Many people fear how others will look at them when their addiction is discovered; while others can’t imagine surviving their physical pain without any opioid to help. That is why Elevate Addiction Services offers a revolutionary holistic approach to addiction therapy. Not your typical rehab, Elevate not only nurtures the emotional self but the physical body as well.

Offering a unique healing protocol, Elevate utilizes the body’s own healing power to restore balance and stop that addictive behavior.  This non-12-step rehabilitation program uses an innovative and individualized approach to treatment that supports every client’s unique experience.  Combining traditional mental health and addiction therapy with a more holistic approach to treatment, Elevate is able to help clients break through their addiction and get their life back on track by using a four-pronged approach that includes:

  • Holistic Detox
  • Physical Healing
  • Emotional Recovery
  • Aftercare

The opioid crisis in America is reaching epidemic proportions. If you or a loved one finds themselves in the throes of an opioid addiction, get help now. Call Elevate Addiction Services to find out how to find healing in a safe and effective environment.