Drug use often begins as a seemingly harmless or voluntary act, but in time may develop into a compulsive and overwhelming habit. Initially, drug use dulls emotional and physical pain. For this reason, many people who struggle with addiction begin early use to “medicate” various forms of anxiety and depression.

As drug use continues, however, it may and often develop into drug addiction, severely impacting an individual’s brain chemistry. When the brain begins to signal an intense physical need to continue the use of drugs, what once was recreational use becomes a physical compulsion that controls one’s life.

Drug addiction results in diminished health, job losses, and the pain and suffering of loved ones. While drugs may offer short-term relief, extended drug use only aggravates already painful problems, since the underlying causes of the pain are never addressed.

Awakenings Treatment Center provides effective help and resolution from drug addiction with outpatient drug rehab. We can help you heal from the debilitating symptoms and patterns you may find repeating in your relationships, emotional experiences, and all aspects of your life amid the chaos of drug addiction.

Call us today and begin your healing: 833-892-8293.

Opiate recovery: Heroin, Vicodin, OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Dilaudid…

Opiates are outranked only by alcohol as humanity’s oldest, most widespread, and most persistent drug addiction. Although psychiatry, psychology, and pharmacological science have been seeking solutions for over a century, more than five million opiate addicts seeking treatment and recovery remain in the United States alone.

While opiates are often used to treat physical pain (ineffectively), the part of the brain “hit” by these medications is also where emotional pain is felt. Worries, nervousness, and fears make opiates seductive and appealing to those with an underlying anxiety disorder. Or with someone who tends to intense or extreme nervousness or worry.

This vulnerability includes all individuals who have experienced traumatic events, whether they formally meet the criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Regardless, they will be vulnerable to the short-term soothing effects of any of the opiate substances to calm flashbacks, nightmares, night terrors, intrusive thoughts, and feelings of self-hate or self-loathing. The devastation that heroin and opiate addiction have on an individual’s life may not feel compelling compared to the daily terror of living with panic attacks, flashbacks, or intense anxiety.

Opiate Addiction and the Accidental Addict: Chronic Pain

Dozens of synthetic derivatives include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Percodan, OxyContin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), and heroin (diacetylmorphine). Some synthetic opiates or opioids with a different chemical structure, but similar effects on the body and brain, are propoxyphene (Darvon), meperidine (Demerol), and methadone.

Physicians use many of these drugs to treat pain. However, what many pain patients are not properly educated about when initially prescribed these medications is an experience called Hyperalgesia. This term refers to the experience of the pain receptors in the brain becoming hyper-sensitized. That said, a person with a pain level of 5, after 30 days of opiate pain medication, requires higher doses of the same medication. And this person will also experience higher levels of pain. This is not due to tolerance of the medication, but to a literal increase in the sensitivity to pain and multiplication of the number of pain receptors on the brain.

Effective help and recovery from heroin and opiate addiction are available. At Awakenings Treatment Center, you can heal debilitating physical, emotional, and spiritual pain. Including the patterns you may find repeating in your daily life, and all aspects of your day-to-day living.

Contact us today to learn more about how to begin your healing with us: 855-717-3268