Although opiate addiction has fluctuated in popularity over the years, it remains one of the most serious types of drug addictions.

What are opiates?

Those who are addicted to opiates are dependent on drugs in the opium family, which are derived from the poppy plant. Users can become hooked on the first feeling of euphoria once the body instantly craves the high. An opiate addiction tends to quickly take complete control of the user’s life.

Examples of Opiates include:

  • Morphine
  • Heroin
  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Methadone
  • Suboxone

 

Opiate Withdrawal and the Opiate Addiction Process

Withdrawal from opiates can be uncomfortable, and can cause symptoms such as agitation, insomnia, anxiety, weakness, depression, abdominal cramping, nausea, and diarrhea.

While detoxing from opiates is generally not life threatening, we understand the need to closely monitor the detox process and provide counseling staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that we address individual needs and concerns. Iris Healing Retreat staff helps individuals through the most difficult phases of opiate detox including the times when the patient may want to give up.

Once the individual has completed sub-acute detox at Iris Healing Retreat, they are ready to transition to residential treatment for their opiate addiction. During this part of the opiate addiction treatment process, our staff continues to monitor residents closely. Our Certified Substance Abuse Counselor caseloads are designed to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment experience.