Addiction to opiates: The Enterhealth treatment approach
Enterhealth Ranch provides treatment for addiction to opiates like heroin and pain medication. Technically speaking, the word “opiate” means a derivative of the opium poppy, such as morphine and codeine, while “opioid” refers to both opiates and a wide range of synthetic compounds. However, many people use “opiate” to refer to both opiates and opioids. Opiates are very useful for pain management and cough suppression for patients with severe lung conditions; however, they are also among the most abused drugs. Opiates are easy to obtain, readily prescribed by doctors and highly addictive. Opiate abuse has, in fact, become an epidemic problem that has killed tens of thousands of Americans and even recently gained the attention of federal legislators.
Common opiate aubstances which the Enterhealth treatment program can successfully treat:
- OxyContin (generic name oxycodone)
- Vicodin and Lortab (generic name hydrocodone)
- Demerol (generic name meperidine)
Enterhealth’s treatment approach for opiates
At Enterhealth Ranch, our team of board-certified addiction psychiatrists, physicians, neuropsychologists and other experts takes a holistic approach to treating opiate addiction. They combine their training and expertise with the latest evidence-based therapeutic and pharmacological techniques to help those suffering from opiate addiction regain control, sobriety and stability in their lives. Proven to be more effective than traditional addiction treatment programs, the Enterhealth team developed a science-based set of treatments and protocols based on the latest medical research from the National Institutes of Health identifying alcohol and drug dependency as a treatable chronic brain disease.
Medications used to reduce cravings
We may prescribe the following medications for opiate addiction:
- Vivitrol (naltrexone)
Opiate withdrawal stabilization
Enterhealth Ranch provides residential medical detox (also known as withdrawal stabilization) services for opiate addiction with 24-hour nursing and medical staff available at any hour of the day. The opiate withdrawal stabilization process is a crucial first step to recovery and should only be done under the supervision of a physician with formal training in alcohol/drug addiction treatment.
Depending on which opiates were abused and for how long, the signs and symptoms of opiate withdrawal can include anxiety, restlessness, irritability, sweating, tremors, sneezing, anorexia, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, sleep disturbances, intense cravings to relapse, and even death in some cases. These problems vary in severity and duration depending on the specific drug dose and duration of use. How long it takes for the withdrawal symptoms to appear also varies. For example, in heroin abusers they typically occur six to ten hours after the last injection, whereas those who are addicted to methadone may not experience withdrawal symptoms for over forty-eight hours after the last dose.
Withdrawal stabilization is not treatment
Please note that withdrawal stabilization is NOT treatment but, rather, serves only to remove the substance safely out of the body so that the treatment phase can be started.