You’ve probably read or seen a lot of hype about the “opiate epidemic” or the “opioid crisis.” Unfortunately that hype is real, and not just because of illicit drugs like heroin. Opioids are among the most addictive substances in the world, and once addicted, it’s very difficult to stop. Overprescription of these drugs, most of which are legal, contributed to the current crisis.

What Opioids Are & Why They’re So Addictive

Opioids are a class of drugs derived from opium plants, mostly used as painkillers. They’ve been with us for a very long time. The “original” man-made opiate was morphine, which is still used today after nearly 200 years. We’ve since been able to create and market synthetic opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin, which are far more effective at reducing pain than over-the-counter drugs. But that effectiveness comes at a price. If taken too long, or in too-large doses, they can turn virtually anyone into an addict.

When you’re happy, healthy, and feeling good, natural opioids like endorphins flood the gaps between nerve endings. The so-called “runner’s high” is an example of this. But the strength and dosage of natural opioids in the body is nothing compared to artificial opioids. Over time, nerve endings grow accustomed to the artificial stuff and need more and more to get the same effect. This is called tolerance. Eventually that tolerance can become so great that the amount of the drug needed to kill pain is fatal. This short video explains more about the opioid crisis.

Examples of opioid drugs include:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco, Lortab, Lorcet)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Meperdine (Demerol)
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet)

Balboa Horizons: Deep Experience with Opioid Addiction

Balboa Horizons’ highly trained clinical team is very experienced with opiate addiction treatment and recovery. Following medically supervised detox, addicts receive expert therapy in a safe and welcoming environment with people who can relate. This part of the recovery process is critical for long-term success because it can be very easy for opioid addicts to relapse. By working with addicts as part of a recovery team, we can help make sure that doesn’t happen.

There are no quick fixes here. Many addicts and families waste time, energy and resources trying to find shortcuts or “wean themselves off” of opioids. It almost never works that way. Comprehensive treatment combined with an appropriate length of stay is one of the reasons Balboa Horizons is so successful at treating opiate addiction.

Addictions of this type have many physical, emotional, legal, financial, and social consequences. These can be a form of trauma, which the team at Balboa Horizons can help you address. By working together, we can help you break an addiction to opioids and start living a natural, healthy, drug-free life.

OPIATE PAINKILLERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE OVERDOSE DEATHS THAN COCAINE AND HEROIN COMBINED. Get help now for opiate addiction treatment: (877) 274-0805.