The Truth About Opioids and Opiates

These days you can hardly escape reporting about the opioid crisis in the United States. They call it an epidemic because of the high number of casualties as a result of widespread opioid prescription, availability and abuse. Overdose is a real problem as opioids attach themselves to the opioid receptors in the brain. These are the receptors that control pain regulation, the reward center of the brain, as well as addiction regulation. Tolerance is built up to the drug relatively quickly, making it necessary for a user to constantly up the amount of the drug they are taking to ensure they feel the effects, eventually causing the user to move from prescription pills to something harder like heroin.


An opiate is a kind of drug that is found in nature. It is sourced from the opium poppy plant. The opium poppy is used to make Opium, Heroin, Codeine, Thebaine, and Morphine. All natural forms of an opioid.


An opioid is a delineation that includes the all natural opiate as well as synthetic forms of the drug. These forms can be made by starting with the natural and altered and synthesized to create a cheaper, but still effective opioid.

Opioids can be very dangerous. Heavy use of them can cause dehydration, psychosis, paranoia, coma, even death. The drug slows down your respiratory system, your cardiac activity and circulatory system. Which can lead to stroke or heart attack. The overdose rate is high and the survival rates are grim.

If you or someone you know is addicted to opioids it is very important that you seek out an opiate or opioid detox program in Florida. All kinds of Opioid withdrawal including Opiate withdrawal can result in medical emergencies even death if not monitored by licensed professionals. Opioid medical detox centers can help you get sober while keeping your body safe. If you’ve been addicted to Opioid drugs you may already know how scary addiction can be.

You don’t have to do it alone.

Call us today at (844) 299-0618 to learn more about the inpatient and outpatient detox programs at our rehab center in South Florida. 

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