Opioid Treatment in Denver County
Opioids or opiates are most commonly prescribed for pain management after a serious accident or surgery. Some of the most common examples of opioids include Vicodin, Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Morphine and Heroin. In small quantities, these drugs are relatively safe and helpful for overcoming significant physical trauma. However, when they’re misused, people can experience addiction, overdose and even death.
All of these pain management medications are still prescribed in high demand despite their documented misuse. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, roughly 8 12% of people prescribed opiates develop Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Additionally, roughly 80% of heroin users first misused opioids. The implications of opioid misuse are wide reaching and catastrophic to American society. One of the best ways to help counter the effects of OUD is through an Opioid addiction treatment program.
Symptoms of Opioid Use
Opioids affect the brain and body by binding and activating opioid receptors in neurons. With persistent use, people’s bodies can develop a physical dependence to opioids, which can create severe withdrawal symptoms. Below are some of the effects and criteria for Opioid Use Disorder.
- Increased agitation, irritability, mood swings, insomnia, social withdrawal
- Pin-point pupils, shallow breathing, flushed skin, needle marks
- Unwillingness or inability to stop using
- Secrecy or deception about usage
- Strong cravings or desire to use
- Building tolerance to one’s drug of choice. Having to use more and more to achieve
the desired effects
- Continued drug use despite interpersonal or professional problems
If you or someone you love is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, our team can help! Contact us today to learn more about our program and how we support individuals struggling with OUD.