What Are Opiates?

Opiates are substances derived from the Opium poppy or synthetic analogues that have similar effects. Some common examples of common opiates include:

Morphine
Heroin
Percocet
Demerol
Oxycodone
Methadone
Tramadol

Opiates have been used throughout history for the medicinal purpose of pain control.  When used properly, they are highly effective and beneficial. Unfortunately, they may also be highly addictive and are one of the most addictive drugs known to mankind. Once they get a grip on you, Opiates seem to never let go, leaving complete destruction and even death in their wake.

Opiate and Heroin Addiction

Once believed limited to an inner city drug, heroin users and addicts can now be found in the suburbs, in rural areas and in every state in the country and though the medical establishment has been seeking solutions for over a century, there are more than one million opiate addicts in the United States alone.

Compounding the situation, for anyone taking opiates regularly, nerve receptors adapt and begin to resist the drug, causing the need for higher doses. This leads to a physical withdrawal reaction which occurs when the drug leaves the body and receptors must re-adapt to its absence.

In other words, when the person stops taking the drugs, withdrawal symptoms result. Withdrawal from opiates can occur whenever any chronic use is discontinued or reduced.

Detox From Opiates with Suboxone

Medical X provides safe and confidential detox services to anyone seeking help for withdrawals from opiates. We are able to provide Suboxone medication-assisted treatment to help with the acute symptoms of opiate withdrawal, bettering a patient’s chances of succeeding in long term recovery.


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