Remedium Recovery has opioid treatment centers in Pompano and Ft. Lauderdale Florida. Please click here for a listing of our locations.
At Remedium Recovery we fully believe that everyone can recover from addiction. Our doctors and staff are passionate about helping you or a loved one overcome opiate addiction, you are not alone in the recovery process. Many patients have conquered addiction and are now living a better version of themselves. We understand that taking the first steps towards recovery can be difficult but we are here to encourage you through the process and applaud you for it.
What are Opioids|Opiates?
In medicine, the term opiate can refer to any of the narcotic painkilling drugs with opium-like effects, both natural, and fully or semi-synthetic. Traditionally, opiate refers only to the narcotic drugs that are naturally present in opium.
A more appropriate umbrella term for all of the drugs derived from opium, both natural and synthetic, would be opioids. Opioids get their name from the fact that they are found in, or derived from drugs that are found in opium, which is the processed resin of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum).
Many common opioids include:
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Hycodan)
- Morphine (MS Contin, Kadian)
- Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percoset)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Fentanyl (Duragesic)
Continuous use of opioids can cause opioid dependence, leading to symptoms of opioid withdrawal with abrupt discontinuation. Opioids are well known for their ability to produce a feeling of euphoria, which is a mental and emotional state of intense well-being and happiness. This is one of the reasons some choose to use opioids recreationally, which can often lead to opioid addiction.
Substance addiction comes in many forms but meets two main criteria:
- A person has difficulty controlling how long they use a substance or how much they take
- A person continues to use even though it has negative consequences on their life.
While there are different stages, the criteria above define all addictions, including opiate/opioid addictions. It is evident that the consequences only get more severe in time when involving substance abuse. At Remedium, we know addiction is a progressive issue and it is never easy to quit. However, our medically trained and experienced staff are here to help you or a love one who maybe suffer from opiate addiction.
At Remedium, we understand that withdrawal symptoms are part of every addiction and recovery process. Not all withdrawals symptoms are the same. In fact, every person’s physical withdrawal symptoms are different along with every drug. Many patients may experience physical withdrawal, while others experience more of an emotional withdrawal.
There are two stages of withdrawal, the first stage is known as the Acute Stage. During the acute stage, a patient may experience physical withdrawals symptoms that last at most a couple weeks. However, keep in mind every drug and person is different.
The second stage of withdrawal is the Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS). During this stage, patients tend to have fewer physical symptoms but more emotional and psychological withdrawal symptoms instead.
Post-acute withdrawal occurs when a patient’s brain chemistry is gradually returning itself to normal. As the brain chemical levels improves and normalize, chemicals fluctuate causing post-acute withdrawal symptoms.
Contrary to the acute stage of withdrawal, where symptoms can vary by drug and patient, most individuals experience post-acute withdrawal symptoms.
Physical Withdrawal Symptoms
- Racing heart
- Muscle tension
- Tightness in the chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Emotional Withdrawal Symptoms
- Poor concentration
- Social isolation