While many people have been led to believe America was making headway in the War on Drugs, the sad truth is that death by overdose, primarily related to the use of opiates, tripled in numbers between 1999 and 2015 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine offers another grim view of the opiate addiction story noting that drug overdose, again, primarily led by abusing opiate drugs, is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. If someone you love is addicted to opiates, opiate rehab is crucial for helping your loved one recover from this risky addiction and reducing the likelihood of an overdose.

From prescription painkillers to heroin, opiate addictions are becoming a huge problem throughout the United States and California is no exception. What’s even worse is that a problem that was once in decline, opiate overdoses, has increased nearly 50 percent in California alone since 2006 with opiate overdoses from opiate drugs occurring every 45 minutes.

Opiate Overdose Risks

Numbers like these, don’t lie. The risks of opiate overdose are very real. Worse, the consequences can be deadly. When you have a loved one who abuses opiate drugs and refuses to consider opiate rehab of his or her own volition, it is essential that you learn a few key signs of opiate overdose.

  • Cannot find a pulse (or if there it tis very slow or erratic)
  • Choking sounds (often mistaken for snoring)
  • Limp
  • Lips and/or fingernails turn blue
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Pale or clammy face
  • Person has stopped breathing
  • Slow, shallow, or erratic breathing
  • Unable to talk while awake
  • Vomiting

These opiate overdose symptoms are your first alert system for seeking help. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you suspect your loved one is overdosing on opiate drugs and then begin working on waking them up and walking them around until help arrives.

Why is Opiate Rehab so Critical?

Obviously, your loved one is important to you. Opiate treatment centers, like Elevate Addiction Services, offer intensive detoxification programs that will help your loved one get through the most unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal safely, which is a huge load off your mind. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fever
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Racing Heart
  • Strong Cravings
  • Sweats

Milder symptoms usually set in within six to 12 hours of the last “fix” for short-acting opiates and within 30 hours for the longer-acting opiates. The worst symptoms will generally begin to manifest within 72 hours and may last a week or longer. The psychological symptoms, including intense cravings may last even longer, though they will diminish with time.

Not only will opiate rehab centers help your loved one handle the withdrawal process with minimal discomfort, but participation in an accredited opiate residential rehab program, like ours, increases the odds of long-term success and sobriety after addiction to opiates.

This means that your loved one is far less likely to return to a life of addiction after obtaining sobriety through our program than if he or she attempted to stop abusing opiates without assistance. Rehab offers the greatest odds of success and this is one battle that is too important to leave to fate or chance.

Why Elevate Addiction Services?

At Elevate, we understand the toll addiction takes on the mind, body, and spirit. We also understand that everyone’s journey through addiction – and recovery – is unique to that person. That is why we build individualized treatment programs for every patient that comes through our doors.

Individualized treatment allows each patient to progress through the treatment process at his or her own rate and means that no one is pushed into the next phase of treatment before he or she has met all the objectives of the current phase. Each phase of treatment at Elevate Addiction Services is critical for lasting success and rushing the process to meet a timeline that might be better suited for other patients will do more harm than good.

Typically, each of the three primary phases of addiction treatment and recovery at Elevate Addiction Services takes about 30 days to complete. Some may finish faster than others while others may need a little additional time in one or more recovery phases. Our concern is always to meet the needs of each patient as an individual and to offer holistic, whole body recovery that seeks to heal the body and the psyche while meeting the emotional needs of our patients and providing them a firm foundation of coping mechanisms and real-life skills to aid them once they face life outside the relative comfort and safety of rehab.

Elevate offers a non-12-step program designed to offer a substantial amount of emotional and psychological support, while helping your loved one become a stronger person who can identify potential trigger points for addictive behaviors, resist temptation, and seek positive help and support during moments of doubt and/or weakness. Contact us today to learn more about the ways we can help your loved one overcome opiate addiction.