Opiate Addiction Treatment

What Is Opiate Addiction?

Opiates are natural opioids such as heroin, morphine, and codeine. Generally, opioid pain relievers are safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor. However, users abuse them due to the euphoria they produce in addition to pain relief. As a result, substance abuse happens when you take it in a different way or in a larger quantity than prescribed or taken without a doctor’s prescription. Substance abuse with this drug can be best medicated in an inpatient program that is accordingly and dedicated to opiate addiction treatment.

To clarify, the regular use of opiates—even as prescribed by a doctor—can lead to dependence as well. And when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to addiction, overdose incidents, and deaths. [1]

Effects of Opiates

Without awareness, you may become addicted to prescription opioids that were given to you for a medical condition. Consequently, you will start using opiate drugs intentionally for the high they can provide. Opiates’ effects on the brain are strong as they can deplete certain chemicals with continued abuse. Classic signs of opiate addiction can be eventually, your brain will become dependent on opioids to function normally, then, you will start needing more opioids just to ward off withdrawal and feel “normal.”

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Short-Term Effects of Opiate:

  • Pain relief
  • Drowsiness
  • Feelings of euphoria
  • Sedation
  • Opiate’s abusers will experience sporadic periods of “nodding off” as they slip in and out of consciousness

Long-Term Effects of Opiate:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal distention and bloating
  • Constipation
  • Liver damage
  • Brain damage due to hypoxia
  • Addiction

Additionally, opioid use can lead to death because of opioids on the part of the brain which regulates breathing. [2] An opioid overdose can be identified by a combination of three signs and symptoms:

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Unconsciousness
  • Difficulties with breathing

Causes of Opiate and Opioid Addiction

In 2018 in the United States, about 808,000 people reported using heroin during the past year. Similarly, about 11.4 million people used narcotic pain relievers without a prescription. [2] Narcotic pain relievers include:

  • Codeine
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Methadone
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone (Percocet or Oxycontin)

You will become addicted to these drugs once it develops physical dependence. In other words, you rely on the drug to prevent withdrawal symptoms that may affect your body negatively. And over time, you will need more of the drug to obtain the same effect. That is to say, you already have drug tolerance. However, to tell when physical dependence develops varies with each person. And, once you stop using the opiate after the long-term use, your body will need more time to recover.

Effects of Opiate Withdrawal

The biggest complication of opiate withdrawal is returning to drug use. In fact, most opiate overdose deaths occur in people who have just detoxed. The first few days are the most dangerous because those who have just gone through opioid withdrawal can overdose on a much smaller dose than they used. As during opioid withdrawal, your tolerance to the drug is reduced. Furthermore, if you stop or cut back on these drugs after heavy use of a few weeks or more, you will have several Opiate addiction symptoms and may include:

  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Increased tearing
  • Insomnia
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Yawning
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Goosebumps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Opiate Addiction Treatment and Detox at We Level Up NJ

Clearing opiates from the body and overcoming withdrawal symptoms is the goal of detox, which is the first step of any opiate addiction treatment center. 

Firstly, you need to go to detox to obtain recovery, in a safe and medically supervised setting. We Level Up NJ Detox center medically assist patients to clear their systems of addictive substances including opiates. 

For anyone who suffers from addiction, just the thought of having to stop using can cause severe mental distress. But, with the help of a medical detox center, the medical detox process is managed. A comprehensive team prescribing medications can alleviate your withdrawal pains while monitoring your health 24 hours. Assuring both your safety and comfort.

Moreover, our residential care program after the detox will slowly and effectively introduce the individual into an atmosphere of therapeutic growth. Marked by Master’s level therapists, clinicians, group counselors, psychiatrists, and a community of like-minded individuals with the same aim: to attain sobriety and live a great life.

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Some of the many modalities applied and practiced within our residential treatment facility are:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • 12-Step Groups
  • Group Therapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Alumni Support
  • Stabilization
  • Holistic Therapy

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Patients in our residential therapy programs here at We Level Up NJ Treatment Center will live comfortably within the facility during this crucial and fragile time. This supportive environment is designed to give patients 24-hour care for sobriety, removing temptations for relapse and applying an air of recovery into every component of the treatment timeline, including opiate addiction treatment. At We Level Up NJ, we find that when patients are living in a supportive community, especially during their early recovery process, they can truly focus on what matters most: their recovery.

Above all, we’re passionate about providing the best care and treatment options for clients and their families. Our treatment team is dedicated to giving each and every client the best chance for recovery. We know that finding a trusted addiction and mental health rehabilitation center is a critical part of finding the best treatment options. A great way to weed through to uncover the best recovery programs should include seeking accredited organizations like We Level Up.

Most importantly, if you or a loved one is addicted to an opiate, you may reach out to us. Our counselors are always ready to answer any of your possible questions.


[1] https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids – National Institute on Drug Abuse
[2] https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000949.htm – U.S. National Library of Medicine