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What is an Opioid
What is an Opiod
Opioids are drugs that are either derived from opiates (drugs created directly from opium, such as morphine or codeine) or are chemically related to opiates or opium. Examples of opioids include some prescription painkillers (such as oxycodone,hydrocodone, buprenorphine, methadone, and heroin).
What Is Opioid Dependence?
An individual is generally considered opioid-dependent when 2 things occur:
- Repeated opioid use is needed in order to feel good or avoid feeling bad, and
- The opioid use continues in spite of its negative effects. For example, people who are opioid-dependent will feel a need to keep using opioids even if it hurts their health, job, finances, or family.
People with a clinical need for pain relief should not be transferred to Suboxone. SUBOXONE is not indicated for the treatment of pain.
- Dopamine is released and produces pleasurable feelings (+).
- As the opioid leaves the receptors,pleasurable feelings subside and possible cravings and withdrawal symptoms (-) begin.
What Are Common Characteristics of Opiate Addiction?
- Opioid tolerance (the need to take more drug to get the same effect,or getting less effect from the same amount of the drug)
- Withdrawal symptoms occur when opioids are not used – Taking other drugs to help relieve the symptoms
- Taking larger amounts of opioids than planned and for longer periods of time
- Persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to quit
- Spending a lot of time and effort to obtain, use, and recover from opioid use
- Giving up or reducing social or recreational activities; missing work
- Continued opioid use regardless of negative consequences
Patients displaying 3 or more of the above in a 12-month period are considered opioid-dependent.
Is Opioid Dependence a Medical Condition?
Opioids, such as some prescription pain medications or heroin, attach to opioid receptors in the brain, which stimulate the release of dopamine and produce pleasurable feelings. When the opioid eventually detaches from the receptors,people experience withdrawal and cravings and have a strong need to repeat the experience. Drug use often begins as a choice, but frequent use can cause the brain cells to change the way they work. The brain is “re-set” to think that the drug is necessary for survival. Researchers have discovered that many drugs, including opioids, cause long-term changes in the brain. These changes can cause people to have cravings years after they stop taking drugs.
Can Opioid Dependence Affect Behavior?
The need to satisfy cravings or avoid withdrawal can be so intense that people who want to stop taking opioids find this difficult to do. Or, they may find themselves doing things they wouldn’t ordinarily do in order to obtain more of the drug they crave. For this reason, even though opiate addiction is a medical condition and not a moral failing, it can drive behavior.
At Pat Moore Foundation Subutex and Suboxone treatments occur in a safe and comfortable setting that we consider an important aspect for the client’s state of mind. During this clients are still able to participate in counseling sessions with their case manager and group therapy with their peers, contingent on their physical well-being. To learn more about treatment, pricing and outpatient services, please click on the appropriate word.
If the individuals require further medical attention, Costa Mesa and the Newport Beach area have renowned hospitals within a few minutes of this facility.
Many issues come up in early sobriety that can be difficult to handle. The staff at Pat Moore Foundation is on call 24-hours and understands this, and is eager to help at any time of the day or night. Our goal is to enable each person who enters our doors walk the road to a healthy and happy recovery.
Pat Moore Foundation's drug & alcohol detox and alcohol & drug addiction treatment programs are licensed and certified by The State of California. We provide non-medical and medically managed detoxification (using Suboxone, Subutex, and Buprenorphine when appropriate) and primary residential treatment. Our individual homes are on a unique co-ed campus where we offer gender specific treatment. We are located in Costa Mesa, in Orange County, Southern California, close to Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, and only an hour's drive from Los Angeles and San Diego. To speak with a counselor, please call us 24-hours at (888) 426-6086 or if you'd like us to contact you, send a confidential message online by filling out our online form.
Note: All medical services are administered by medical professionals, which are facilitated and operated solely under the jurisdiction of a separate medical corporation.