One of the biggest health problems that the United States is currently facing is the rise of the opiate epidemic. In November of 2016, the United States Surgeon General stated that opiate addiction is becoming a bigger problem than cancer. Sadly, the opiate epidemic is reaching all parts of the country, including suburban areas.

How Opiate Addiction Develops

man staring out the window has opiate addictionKnowing how a problem with opiates starts and progresses is vital so you or a loved one can get help. There are many misconceptions as to how opiate addiction begins, but if often catches people off guard. An issue can arise with anyone, even if they’ve never had a substance abuse issue. The first thing to understand is that opiates come in many different forms, which include some of the following:

  • Codeine
  • Morphine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Heroin

Opiate Addiction from Medications

The United States is the leading country when it comes to prescribing opiates, by a large margin. We live in a country where we learn a pill can solve just about any ailment we have. Unfortunately, this can create issues. Doctors are often quick to prescribe narcotic pain medications. While they can be very helpful, these medications can also be highly addictive in a very short amount of time.

The medications block pain receptors in the brain to help people with chronic pain or injuries. Additionally, opiate pain meds also induce a euphoric effect that the brain can become dependent upon. At a certain point, individuals are no longer trying to treat pain, but to get the euphoric feeling. In early stages, the person doesn’t realize that the brain is leading him or her towards substance abuse.

How Opiate Addiction Progresses

Many individuals who have an addiction to heroin begin by abusing prescription opiates first. Medication abuse is frequently the first sign that a problem is developing. The person may lie to doctors, steal pills from family or buy the medications illegally. Others may begin mixing the pills with other drugs or alcohol just to get a stronger effect from them.

Eventually, doctors may begin to cut these individuals off of their medications. At this point, one of the primary reasons people progress to using heroin is because the drug is stronger and cheaper than buying pills on the street. Before long, individuals can lose control and experience strong mental and physical dependence.

Overcoming the Physical Dependence

Many people continue using opiates because the symptoms of withdrawal are too harsh to deal with alone. Additionally, trying to overcome the symptoms on your own can be extremely dangerous. Opiate detox can help.

The Hills Treatment Center provides a medical detox process to anyone struggling with dependence. We’ll be by your side throughout the process to ensure that you’re safe and comfortable.

Our facility understands how an opiate dependence can take control over your life, and we have the tools to help you. As an addiction treatment center that provides evidence-based therapies, we’re able to work with most major insurance providers.

To find out more about our wide range of programs and begin a new life, call today at 866-323-4665.