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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the total cost associated with substance abuse of prescription opioids in the United States tops $78 billion annually. Those numbers don’t take into account costs related to the abuse of street opiates and opioids, including heroin. You might have heard that the nation has an opioid crisis, but we know that statistics and national news stories do little when you’re facing this crisis at home.

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Some of the information about opioid addiction above may sound frightening, and for good reason. These drugs can be extremely dangerous, and it’s usually quite difficult for someone to break the cycle of addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers on their own.

But that doesn’t mean hope is absent for those facing this struggle. In fact, the opposite is true: You have many options for opiate or opioid addiction recovery; you simply have to take the first step in reaching out.

Peace Valley Recovery offers different programs to help you seek long-term sobriety. The role of outpatient opiate services in your treatment could be:

  • As part of your step-down from an inpatient rehab as you slowly integrate into regular life while maintaining daily or weekly structured support and therapy
  • As a first step in your recovery if you don’t require residential treatment or inpatient detox first
  • As a long-term, ongoing partner in your recovery via individual counseling or weekly participation in a 12-step group

Opiates are drugs that are made from the poppy plant. They are natural in that they don’t include any man-made synthetic chemicals. Pure heroin is an example of an opiate.

Opioids are drugs that have some synthetic component but act on your brain in much the same way opiates do. Examples of opioids include some mixed forms of heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, codeine, methadone, morphine and hydrocodone.

You’ll see legal prescription drugs on this list because opioids have several specific medicinal functions. They act on brain receptors in your body, putting up a sort of barrier for pain signals, which provides substantial relief from intense pain for many people. These drugs are often prescribed following traumatic accidents and surgeries for this reason and may also be used in the treatment of other conditions with excessive pain.

However, opioids also provide a psychological effect for many people, causing feelings of euphoria and happiness. In cases where prescription or illegal opioids are being abused, it’s because someone is seeking this high.

Opioids are extremely addictive for a number of reasons. First, people often step into opioid use legally through a well-meaning and perhaps necessary prescription. But they may continue taking the drug — or take more of it than they should — because they are afraid of their pain returning.

Because opioids act on the brain’s receptors, basically changing brain chemistry over time, your body can become physically dependent on them before you even realize it’s happening. This is true even if you aren’t abusing the drugs to get a high.

A physical dependency means that your body now treats the presence of the drug as normal; take the drug away and your body thinks something is wrong. It begins to react with withdrawal symptoms, and those symptoms often drive people back to using the drug again even when they don’t want to. In some cases, it might even cause someone to seek prescription medications or heroin through illegal channels if they can’t get them (or get enough) through a legitimate prescription anymore.

A final factor that makes opioid addiction difficult to fight is that the high can be very intense, but you tend to have to take more and more of the drug to get there. If someone has come to use heroin or another opioid to self-medicate against stress or mental health issues, they may continually chase that release. Even if someone begins using heroin recreationally, the euphoria can be enticing enough to cause them to return to the drug until their body is dependent on it.

Withdrawal symptoms are a major barrier in recovery for many people, which is why starting with inpatient or partial hospitalization programs for recovery can be a good idea. These programs often allow staff to provide medically assisted detox that reduces the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms and helps you make it through the first few days and weeks of sobriety in a safer manner.

Common withdrawal symptoms that can be treated or addressed during rehab or detox include:

  • Muscle or joint aches and pains
  • Anxiety or mood swings
  • Watery or irritated eyes
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Problems sleeping
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Elevated heart rate