IOP for Opiate Addiction
Intensive Outpatient for Opiate Addiction
Opiates and their effects
Among the many mind-altering substances that are problematic today, opiates are surely one of the most well-known. However, there are many misconceptions about opiates, including what they are and how they’re treated. At Serene Beginnings, we recognize that opiate addiction remains a major problem for men and women of all ages and from all walks of life. For this reason, our intensive outpatient program for opiate addiction is a high-quality comprehensive program that individuals who suffer from opiate dependence with the knowledge and resources necessary to achieve long-lasting sobriety. It’s only relatively recently that we really began to understand addiction, leading to the diversification of our treatments as well as our actual approach to rehabilitation. We now know that addiction is a chronic relapsing brain disease that’s more similar to diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease than it is akin to a moral affliction. Further, it’s a highly variable disease with effects and characteristics that change depending on the substance and a person’s particular circumstances. Thus, it’s important to be knowledgeable about a substance so as to best understand why certain forms of treatment and therapeutic techniques are more effective than others when it comes to treating that addiction. Opiates have been frequently referenced in the media over the past couple of decades due to marked increases in rates of opiate abuse and addiction. Looking back, we can identify the release of OxyContin as the biggest catalyst for the ensuing popularity and widespread abuse of opiate drugs. By definition, an opiate is a substance that similar to opium in both effect and chemical structure. Oftentimes, opiates are actually derived from the opium poppy, which is the case with morphine, codeine, and thebaine among a few others. Although they’re usually found in pharmaceuticals, opiates are not exclusive to the pharmaceutical class. When a person consumes an opiate, the substance enters the bloodstream and makes its way to the brain where it bonds with opiate receptors; this allows the substance to achieve is pain-killing effects. Meanwhile, the substance changes the neurochemical balance of the brain, which often entails increasing the levels of neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and happiness. In fact, it’s for this very reason that individuals feel euphoric when they abuse opiates; the euphoria that accompanies opiate abuse is known as the “high.” But when an individual abuses opiates frequently for a prolonged period of time, the brain adjusts its own production of neurochemicals to compensate for the frequent presence of opiates in the bloodstream and brain. Thus, individuals who have become physiologically dependent on opiates will feel certain flu-like and unpleasant symptoms anytime they’re unable to obtain and/or consume opiates. These symptoms are known as opiate withdrawal. Although it’s not impossible for a person to overcome opiate addiction on his or her own, research has shown that utilizing one of several types of addiction treatment — including our own intensive outpatient for opiate addiction — gives a person better chances and likelihood of being able to achieve lasting sobriety.