Opiates, or substances derived from the opium chemical found in certain plants, are commonly used in prescription medications. The term “opiates” includes codeine, oxycontin, morphine, and some others. They can be confused with “opioids,” which are synthetic substances that mimic the effects of opium. Opiates and opioids can be prescribed in several situations, including major surgery and chronic conditions, to treat pain. Opioids may or may not include natural opium along with the synthetic, but the substances have largely the same effect. Both can be extremely addictive and carry with them significant dangers. If you’re struggling with an addiction, it may be time to seek help from an opiate rehab center.
Painkiller abuse affects people from all walks of life, all over the world. At Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach, we know this means a one-size-fits-all solution won’t work. Our treatment programs are customized specifically to the individual and their needs. The side effects of opiates can be dangerous, and you deserve the best chance at sobriety you can get. Our well-equipped, comfortable facility, located close to the beach, is staffed by trained professionals who want nothing more than to see you thrive. For more information on our opiate addiction treatment programs or any other rehab program we offer, contact us today by calling (877) 296-7477 or visiting us online.
The Side Effects of Opiates
Opiate addiction can wreak havoc on your life once it sets in. The physical side effects of opiates can include:
- Gastrointestinal problems, including nausea, vomiting, and constipation
- Cognitive issues, such as an inability to focus or constant drowsiness or fogginess
- A change in your reflexes
- Respiratory difficulties, including erratic breathing, sleep apnea, and an inconsistent respiratory rate
These aren’t the only changes that opiate addiction can cause in you. Aside from the physical effects, substance abuse disorder can damage many aspects of your well-being and routine. Non-physical side effects of opiate abuse can include:
- Damaged personal relationships
- Mental health problems can range from worsened symptoms to the development of a disorder.
- The trouble with work, school, or other responsibilities can even cause you to be terminated from your position.
- Legal trouble, including arrests and court time
- Trouble finding or keeping housing
Painkiller Abuse and You
When painkillers are necessary for treatment, there’s always a danger of addiction developing. Using opiates safely as possible can be easy to slide into treacherous territory. Even using an opiate as a doctor has directed can contribute to addiction if not perfectly monitored.
As dangerous as painkiller abuse and opioid addiction can be for you, there’s always a way out. Treatment is available for opiate abuse, and advancements are made every year. It’s easy to fall into a cycle of addiction and difficult to climb your way out, but never impossible. By staying dedicated to the treatment and working with trained professionals, you can give yourself the tools you need to get sober and back to your life.
Seek Treatment with Oceanfront Recovery
At Oceanfront Recovery’s Opiate Addiction Treatment Center, we know how an addiction can shatter your life and make you feel hopeless. That’s why we love to show you where to find the hope you’re looking for and help you put the pieces back together. No matter your substance abuse story, recovery and sobriety are options. We can help you get there. If you or a loved one is struggling with opiate addiction, don’t wait. Reach out today by calling (877) 296-7477 or filling out our secure online form to see what we can do for you.