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What are Opioid Painkillers?

Opioid painkillers are a type of prescription medication that doctors use to help treat moderate to severe pain.

They are often prescribed after surgery, an injury, or when a person has chronic pain.

These drugs are also called narcotics, and are sold under many different brand names, including Dsuvia.

While they are very effective at helping to manage pain, they also have one major risk: they are highly addictive.

Read on to learn more about what effect these drugs can have on you, as well as ways that Resurgence Behavioral Health can help you overcome an opioid addiction.

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Understanding Opioid Painkillers

Opioids originally came from the opium poppy plant, which is also what heroin is made from. Today, some opioids are made by scientists in labs. Opioid painkillers help to reduce pain by blocking pain receptors in your brain.

At the same time, they also affect the area of your brain that controls happiness and relaxation. It is this effect that makes them so addictive. It is what draws people in to trying opioids in order to get high.

Not only do opioids carry a high risk for addiction, they can also very easily cause a person to overdose. While opioid painkiller overdoses can be reversed if treated quickly, they can also be fatal if not caught soon enough.

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The Effects of Opioids

When a person takes opioid painkillers, it causes a flood of dopamine into their system. Dopamin is a “feel good” chemical, and is responsible for creating happiness and relaxation. But opioids do not just cause a normal release of dopamine. Instead, they cause your brain to be flooded with it. This gives users a high by creating intense feelings of happiness and relaxation.

If you take opioid painkillers on a regular basis, it becomes difficult for your brain to release dopamine naturally. You then crave the drug in order to feel good. This is what leads to an opioid addiction.

Opioid Painkiller Abuse

Opioid abuse is when you take opioid painkillers without a prescription, or in a way other than how your doctor tells you to. This can mean taking them more often than you are supposed to, or taking them in higher doses. Just because you have a prescription for opioid painkillers does not mean you can not abuse them, or that you can not develop an addiction.

And the longer you take opioids, the higher the risk that you can become addicted to them. When people abuse opioids, they may take them in pill form. Some instead grind the pills into powder so that they can snort them, or dissolve them in water so that they can inject the solution into a vein. No matter what way you take opioid painkillers, you are at risk of developing a number of different negative side effects.

What can Opioids do to Your Body?

When taken for short periods of time, opioid painkillers are very effective at relieving pain. However, when taken for longer periods of time, or in high doses, they can cause negative effects. These effects can include confusion, constipation, depression, drowsiness, nausea, slowed breathing, and vomiting. People who inject opioids are at a higher risk of getting infected with HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, as well as getting serious skin or muscle infections. The longer you take opioids, the worse your symptoms can become. Opioid painkiller abuse can have an even more dangerous side effect, called hypoxia. Hypoxia is a condition when opioids cause your breathing to slow significantly. This can lead to not enough oxygen reaching the brain. This lack of oxygen to your brain can cause both short term and long term health problems, including brain damage, coma, and even death.

Mental Illness and Opioids

Opioid painkiller addiction does not just have risks to your physical health. It can also have many different negative effects on your mental health . People who are addicted to opioids are twice as likely as other people to suffer from at least one mental health condition. These conditions can include depression, anxiety, hallucinations, mood swings, and aggression. And if you suffered from a mental illness before you developed a drug addiction, you may find that opioids make your symptoms worse. This often happens when a person tries to treat their mental illness symptoms with opioids to feel better. No matter when you first began dealing with a mental health issue, it is very important to get both it and your opioid painkiller addiction treated at the same time.

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Opioid Withdrawal

If you are addicted to opioid painkillers, this means that your body is dependent on the drug. If an addict reduces the amount of opioids they are taking, or if they stop entirely, they can experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are very unpleasant, and for opioids usually happen in two stages. The first stage will start in a few hours to a day after you stop using. The symptoms of this stage include agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, watery eyes, runny nose, trouble sleeping, insomnia, and sweating. The second stage then starts in another day or two. These symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dilated pupils, and goosebumps. The entire withdrawal process usually takes a week. While the symptoms are rarely dangerous, they can be very unpleasant for a person to deal with. That is why Resurgence has detox programs available to our clients. Our drug addiction detox programs ensure that our clients are as comfortable as possible during their detox from opioid painkillers, so that they can then move on to kicking their habit for good.

Getting Treatment for Your Opioid Addiction

At Resurgence, we know that the best way to help you overcome your opioid addiction is through a drug rehab program at a facility that understands your individual needs. Our medication-assisted treatment, or MAT, program is one of the most effective ways to treat opioid addiction. MAT uses a combination of medication and therapy programs to help you get through detox symptoms, and to overcome your addiction. We are able to treat you with medicines that help reduce the effects of withdrawal, while also helping to manage cravings for opioids. Therapy, whether in one-on-one or group sessions, helps give you a bigger understanding of your addiction, as well as ways to avoid future drug use. It also helps to treat any mental health issues you may have been dealing with, which helps to make sure they do not lead to future drug use.

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Get the Help You Need From a Dedicated Team

The first step in your journey to overcoming your opioid painkiller addiction is simple: contact us! At Resurgence, we pride ourselves on building an affordable, personalized recovery plan for each client – without sacrificing quality.

Our free insurance verification allows us to help you figure out exactly what your insurance will pay for. We accept most PPO insurance as well as private forms of payment for treatment. We will also communicate with your insurance provider to ensure that you receive every benefit that you are entitled to.

You can complete a simple form right from our website, or call us directly.

At Resurgence, we believe that environment is just as important as treatment. That is why our locations are in peaceful neighborhoods, with plenty of open space for clients to take time to themselves as well as participate in our supportive community.

Our warm, sunny weather, as well as our nearby beaches and parks, means that, when you are ready and able, you can enjoy being outside. And our specially prepared nutritious meals help to support your total physical recovery.

An addiction to opioid painkillers can feel like something that you just can not get past. Between detox symptoms, cravings, and trying to stay clean, there are many things that can stand in your way of a healthy life.

But there is no reason that you need to do it on your own. Resurgence Behavioral Health’s team of dedicated addiction specialists can help you with every part of your recovery process, from detox to therapy, for a lifetime of success.

Let us help you with all of the tools and resources that you need to overcome your opioid painkiller addiction. Call us today to get started in a drug rehab program, and get on the path to a drug-free life.

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