Drug use often begins as a seemingly harmless or a 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 in an effort to “medicate” various forms of anxiety and depression.
As drug use continues, however, it may and often does 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.
Effective help and resolution from Drug Addiction is available. At Awakenings outpatient rehab agoura you can heal from the debilitating symptoms and the patterns you may find repeating in your relationships, emotional experiences and all aspects of your life in the midst of the chaos of drug adiction. Call Awakenings today and begin your healing with us. 805-574-0936.
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 that is “hit” by these medications is also where emotional pain is felt - worries, nervousness, fears – which makes opiates seductive and appealing to any individual with an underlying anxiety disorder or the tendency toward intense or extreme nervousness or worry.
This vulnerability includes all individuals who have experienced traumatic events, whether or not they formally meet the criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Regardless, they will be terribly 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 has on an individual’s life may not feel compelling compared to the daily terror of living with panic attacks and flashbacks or intense anxiety.
Opiate Addiction and the Accidental Addict ~ Chronic Pain
Dozens of synthetic derivatives include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (Percodan, OxyContin), hydromorphone (Dila-udid), 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 – a term which refers to the experience of the pain receptors in the brain becoming hyper-sensitized. Thus, a person with a pain level of 5, following 30 days of “opiate pain medication” will require higher dosages of the same medication and will be experiencing a higher level of pain! This is not due to tolerance of the medication, but to a literal increase in the sensitivity to pain and a multiplication of the numbers of pain receptors on the brain.
Effective help and recovery from Heroin and Opiate Addiction is available. At Awakenings you can heal debilitating physical, emotional and spiritual pain and the patterns you may find repeating in your daily life and all aspects of your day to day living. Call Awakenings today and begin your healing with us. 805-574-0936.