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Opiate Addiction at a Residential Rehab

Some commonly known opiates include morphine, codeine and thebaine. While both morphine and codeine have analgesic properties and are often prescribed to treat pain, thebaine is not used therapeutically but is converted into a variety of compounds including oxycodone. Opiates include any of the narcotic opioid alkaloids found as natural products in the opium poppy plant as well as many semi-synthetic chemical derivatives of such alkaloids.

Signs of Opiate Addiction

Each opiate drug has unique signs of abuse and addiction, but the general category of opiate addiction shares some similar signs of abuse including the following:

  • A compulsive focus on acquiring and using the drug
  • Taking larger doses of the medication or taking it more often to get the desired effect
  • Depression and/or suicidal thoughts
  • Unkempt physical appearance
  • Social withdrawal
  • Lethargy and drowsiness
  • Shallow breathing
  • Excessive perspiration, shaking, vomiting or chills

Residential Rehabilitation for Opiate Addiction Recovery

Residential rehab requires an individual to move into a facility for the duration of his or her opiate addiction treatment. Users that have participated in residential rehab most often mention the following benefits:

  • Personal attention. The ratio of staff to patients allows for a great deal of personal attention. In some facilities several staff members actually live onsite increasing their availability.
  • Health and fitness. Most residential rehab facilities include health-conscious offerings such as workouts, daily hikes and nutritional counseling in addition to providing a healthy menu.
  • Sober friends. Living with other recovering users allows people to establish a network of life-long friends who can help with each other’s ongoing sobriety.

Duration of Residential Rehabilitation for Opiate Addiction

Short-term residential drug rehab lasts an average of 28-30 days and is the most common length of stay. The people who most benefit from short term residential rehab are those with the following characteristics:

  • Have not been long-term addicts
  • Have experienced a relapse
  • Need structured support before using outpatient or sober living options

Long-term residential drug rehab is typically 60 or more days and is considered the more effective choice simply because the longer an individual has to be sober from drugs, explore the underlying issues of addiction, learn coping strategies for triggers and cravings and gain life skills, the better chance the individual has for staying sober in his or her everyday life. While the recovering opiate user has more time to learn new things, long-term residential rehab also allows the treatment plan to start off with focus and intensity and then gradually allows the individual more independence within the supportive environment.

Get Help for Opiate Addiction

As there are many types of opiates, there are also many types of treatment options. Let us help you explore the option that provides the best solution for you. Please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about opiate treatment solutions. We are here to help, and we want to help.