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Opioid Dependence Information

Opioid dependence is an ongoing problem in the United States. This particular substance results in more overdose deaths than any other type of drug, both legal and illegal.

Reliance Treatment Center of Statesboro is dedicated to helping those with a dependence to this substance by providing them with a way to safely withdraw from opioids and remain committed to a happy and healthy life without them. To speak with a dependence treatment specialist about your struggle with opioids, please call (912) 489-7827 today to schedule a consultation, or request an appointment through our secure online form.

What Are Opioids?

A class of drugs exists called opioids, which includes many legal prescription medications as well as popular illegal drugs. Some common examples include:

  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Tramadol
  • Methadone
  • Codeine
  • Heroin

The list above consists of opioids that are derived from a variety of sources. The natural forms of this drug come from the opium poppy, whereas others are synthetic or man-made.

How Opioid Dependence Forms

Many individuals begin taking prescribed opioids in order to manage pain levels after suffering a significant injury and/or undergoing surgery. This substance is especially addictive and dangerous because of its effects on the brain that release endorphins to create strong feelings of pleasure and happiness.There are also severe withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop taking opioids even if the person was taking them as prescribed. Many people find it difficult to deal with the withdrawal symptoms or give up this incredible sensation, which often leads to cravings and abuse of opiates. Withdrawal causes the person to be hypersensitive to pain and therefore feel that they need to take the medication again. 

As an individual continues to taked opioids, they will often need to increase their doses in order to attain the same level of relief or satisfaction that the drug provides. Sadly, this often escalates to a point where the person suffers a drug overdose. Complications can also arise if the person were to abruptly stop taking opioids in an attempt to end their dependence. To avoid such life-threatening outcomes, it is always best to seek assistance from a medical professional.

Symptoms of Opioid Dependence

Not sure if you or a loved one are truly dependent on opioids? Denial is a common occurrence early on, though it is hard to disprove a dependence exists if you begin to notice the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of ambition or drive
  • Impaired motor skills and coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Constipation
  • Increased levels of anxiety
  • Abnormal breathing
  • Drastic changes in overall mood
  • Increased irritability
  • Abnormal sleep patterns
  • Making risky and poor decisions
  • Lack of concern over regular responsibilities

It is important to speak up to someone if you start to identify these clear symptoms in yourself or someone you know. Seeking professional help is the only way to ensure that the person will have the very best odds at defeating their dependence to opioids.

Those who experience slowed breathing, a weak pulse, lips that have turned a blue or purplish color, vomiting, constricted pupils, or a loss of consciousness are likely suffering from opioid overdose and should seek care immediately.

The CDC provides an Opioid Use Disorder Diagnostic Criteria checklist to help individuals identify this in others and help determine the current severity.

Opioid Dependence Treatment Services in Statesboro

For many years, Reliance Treatment Center of Statesboro has helped individuals address their dependence to opioids while also giving them as many tools as possible to help break that dependence. Our providers understand that opioid dependence is a chronic disease that must be proactively treated every day in order to prevent a potentially deadly relapse. Even after we help you to withdraw from a dependency on opioids, we will continue to offer our guidance, counseling, and support as you continue to work toward your goals.

To connect with a provider that specializes in dependence, please give us a call today to set up a consultation and begin your journey to a life free of opioids! Call us at (912) 489-7827 or request an appointment through our secure online form.