Blue Water Detox, a professional care facility that provides in-patient therapy for people addicted to drugs, helps many people who are addicted to the various opiate drugs. We have saved many lives, restored people to their normal lives and will continue to offer the best, most effective and personalized detoxification treatments available.
What are Opiates?
Opiates are a special class of drugs that are all derived from the Asian opium poppy. Opium poppies produce a latex-like substance that can be refined to make opium. However opium is usually refined further to create morphine, heroine and other drugs designed to relieve severe pain. Opiates, when abused, can have extremely serious impact on one’s health and well-being and call for the immediate use of a drug detox program. Addiction to these drugs can lead to death. They include…
- Heroin, the most dangerous opiate of all, is made from morphine. Users can snort, smoke or inject heroin. Injecting often leads to infections such as hepatitis due to used, dirty needles and can put the user at great risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.
- Fentanyl is similar to morphine but about 100 times more potent, it is often mixed with street heroin which amplifies it effect but also brings about many greater risks including respiratory depression, unconsciousness and coma.
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin®) is a very strong prescription pain killer, usually combined with acetaminophen or aspirin.
- Oxycodone (OxyContin®) is another prescription pain killer, somewhat less powerful than hydrocodone, but the most-abused prescription drug in the U.S.
- Also in the opiates drug class are Propoxyphene (Darvon®), Hydromorphone (Dilaudid®), Meperidine (Demerol®) and others.
All of these opiates have legitimate medical uses. However when abused, the reward center (nucleus accumbens) in the brain becomes overloaded with dopamine, sometimes called a “happy hormone”, which leads to pleasurable feelings of being “high,” happy, carefree and euphoric. Repeated abuse of opiates builds a tolerance to the drug so that more and more is needed to achieve the same level of “high.” What is worse, repeated use can produce structural changes in the brain that further strengthen the addiction. It’s as if the user’s brain remembers the good feelings the drug produced last time and wants those feelings over and over again.
Why People Become Addicted
Some people become addicted to opiates when they use them as recreation, simply to “get high.” Others , to escape from feelings of anxiety or depression. Yet others may have been prescribed a pain killer by their doctor, but gradually become addicted to the relief the drug brings.
It is critical that addicted opiate users obtain professional care to help them detoxify their bodies and brains, and to re-establish normal brain chemistry. Going “cold turkey” almost always causes extreme discomfort and can culminate in seizures that may become life threatening.
Blue Water Detox can Help
At Blue Water Detox we provide caring, professionally designed programs to detoxify drug abuse sufferers, which is the first step in an overall prescription for total rehabilitation. We understand the changes that have taken place in the user’s brain and body, and administer a specific caring protocol for each individual based upon what we know will be most effective. There is no “one size fits all” treatment plan for detoxifying and restoring a drug abuser to health. Contact Blue Water Detox today for more information on these and all of our treatment options.