Opiate Abuse Treatment Center in Tampa
Opiates are compounds derived from opium, and they are often used to relieve severe pain, like nerve pain, that no other analgesic could.
While these drugs have a medical purpose, they are highly addictive, which can be a problem even when you use them as directed. Opiate addiction can develop for some people after just one use. For others, the medically appropriate use of prescription opiates progresses into an addiction before they realize what is happening.
People addicted to opiates often turn to heroin, which is chemically similar, when their prescription runs out, and they can find no other source for the high. Heroin is a dangerous street drug that is easy to get in many communities and is often cheaper than opiates.
Signs of Opiate Addiction
An opiate addiction is life-threatening, just like any other substance abuse problem. Addiction causes physical and mental health damage that progresses until the addiction is stopped. Opiate addiction also comes with a very serious risk of death from an overdose. One of the physical side effects of opiate use is depressed respiratory functioning — an overdose of opiates can cause the user to stop breathing completely.
The signs of opiate addiction can include physical symptoms as well as behavioral and emotional changes. Hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli, increased initial energy, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping are all physical symptoms of opiate addiction. People who are addicted to opiates tend to experience increased anxiety, depression and irritability, and they spend a lot of time talking about, obtaining and using the drug while abandoning people and activities that used to be important to them.
Families faced with an opiate addiction can be devastated. Someone addicted to opiates may become extremely unreliable for household chores, parental responsibilities and even financial support of the family. If you recognize signs of opiate addiction in one of your family members, it is important to get professional addiction treatment as soon as possible.
Help For Addiction To Painkillers/Pain Pills
Pain management has become a sophisticated science, enhancing countless lives. But any tool used to improve life can be misused to harm it.
Painkillers of the opiate variety are a perfect example. Carefully controlled and monitored use can relieve chronic pain. But you can build up a tolerance to opiates over time. The dose that once relieved your pain becomes inadequate.
It can be difficult to tell when use becomes abuse; when tolerance becomes addiction; when a legitimate attempt to ease one’s pain turns to a dark path leading to a different, far greater pain.
One warning sign is lying—to yourself. Trying to convince yourself it’s OK to increase your dose, just a little. Just a little more. And when the pills the doctor prescribed aren’t working at all... something stronger.
An alarming number of people on painkillers end up turning to heroin, because it’s so similar to opiate painkillers. Incredibly, heroin can cost less than prescription painkillers.
The best way to avoid that path is to never cheat on your dosage; to contact your doctor as soon as you even suspect your painkiller is losing its effectiveness.
But if you do find yourself on that path, Tranquil Shores can help. This is a specific type of addiction, and our staff has the specific expertise, understanding and empathy that will help. In the relaxing atmosphere of our Florida facilities, you will receive the best possible medical rehabilitation and life skills training available. We’ll help you to reclaim your life.
Tampa Opiate Drug Detox Treatment Programs
At Tranquil Shores in the Tampa area, we offer individualized addiction treatment programs in a calm, healing setting. Whether you live in the Bradenton or Sarasota area of Florida or halfway around the world, the residential treatment program at Tranquil Shores is an opportunity for you or your loved one to take a little time out from your regular life to deal with the addiction.
Addiction affects every area of life, family and work, so checking into Tranquil Shores is a chance to separate from all of that for a little while. Meanwhile, knowing an addicted family member is receiving the help they need can give the rest of the family a chance to heal.
Tranquil Shores takes an integrated approach to recovery, combining physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing through a variety of treatment modalities. We also recognize the importance of family support in a long-term successful recovery. Our programs include work with families to educate them and help them become part of the network that will help support your recovery when you leave Tranquil Shores.
Families are often involved in opiate addiction in some capacity. Addiction recovery is not about placing blame. Rather, it’s about recognizing and changing enabling behaviors. The ultimate goal of addiction recovery is to resume a healthy lifestyle with the people you love, where everyone is safe and supported.
Contact Tranquil Shores to Learn More
If you think one of your loved ones is struggling with opiate addiction, contact Tranquil Shores for help today. Our compassionate staff can help you recognize an addiction and take the next steps to healing and helping your loved ones begin healing as well. Call (727) 391-7001 or (877) 566-1166 today.