Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain from injuries, disease, or unidentified sources. Doctors often prescribe medications to help people manage their pain. Some of these medications, like morphine and codeine, are opiates used for short periods. Many opiate pain relievers are relatively safe. However, because opiates are highly addictive, people who take these drugs for a prolonged period or use them differently than prescribed can quickly develop a tolerance or addiction to them. Reducing or quitting the use of opiates can be incredibly challenging. Many people who attempt to give up opiates on their own will fail. Most people require treatment at an opiate addiction rehab center to free themselves from their opiate addiction.
If you or someone you love need treatment for opiate addiction, you are not alone. The Northern Illinois Recovery Center staff are ready to support you in your journey through recovery from addiction. Please call 855.786.1978 or fill out an online intake form here.
Understanding the Effects of Opiates
Common opiate pain relievers like morphine and codeine are effective at relieving significant pain. Doctors prescribe these medications after surgeries, during cancer treatment, and after major injuries. In addition to effectively relieving pain, these medications also make people feel a range of pleasurable effects, including:
- Sense of well-being and calm
- Reduced anxiety
These effects often cause people to want to use more opiates than prescribed or continue using them after they stop having pain. Opiates are highly addictive. If people take them for longer than prescribed or increase their amount, they are likely to develop a physical dependence on the drug. Opiates slow down the central nervous system. If someone takes too much of the opiate, they are at risk for an overdose. Symptoms of an opiate overdose include slurred speech, slowed breathing, sleepiness, fever, and muscle stiffness. An opiate overdose can be life-threatening. Opiate addiction rehab is necessary for people who are abusing opiates.
Treatment for Opiate Addiction
Opiate addiction treatment starts with medically supervised detox. After a safe, complete detox, people will work with specialists and participate in treatments that can give them the tools to live their life without using drugs. This might include individual and group counseling, family therapy, education, and ongoing support and coaching.
Is Opiate Addiction Rehab Necessary?
Opiates are highly addictive, and reducing or stopping your use of them can be difficult and potentially dangerous. After the body has adjusted to having opiates in the system, reducing or quitting taking opiates can result in withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include nausea and vomiting, insomnia, sweating, racing heart, anxiety, and high blood pressure. Some people may want to reduce or quit using opiates “cold turkey” and manage their symptoms independently. For many, the strong cravings to use opiates during the withdrawal period will cause them to return to using them. To have a safe, complete withdrawal, opiate addiction rehab is necessary.
Learn More About Opiate Addiction Rehab at Northern Illinois Recovery Center
If you or someone you love struggles with addiction to opiates, it is important to get the support you need and deserve. The Northern Illinois Recovery Center staff understand addiction and will help you work towards the healthy, self-directed life you deserve. Our programs include:
- Partial hospitalization program
- Intensive outpatient program
- Outpatient drug rehab center
- Sober living program
- DUI rehab program
- Women’s addiction treatment center
- Men’s addiction treatment center
- Young adult addiction treatment center
- Telehealth rehab program
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Medication-assisted treatment