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Opioid Addiction

Opioid-Related Overdoses are on the Rise

The Opioid Epidemic

Opioids have risen to a place of infamy in the United States. What once was, and still is, a useful drug for pain relief has become an outsized culprit in a nationwide epidemic of misery and death.

The Department of Health and Human Services noted that “the increased prescription of opioid medications led to widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive”.

That led to a surge and deluge of deaths between 1999 and 2018 of almost 450,000 people from overdoses involving opioids, prescription or otherwise.

Impressively damaging for a class of drugs that are naturally found in a plant: the opium poppy.

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What Exactly are Opioids?

Types of Opioids People Abuse

Opioids, in the simplest terms possible, are drugs used to reduce pain. They attach to the nerve cells in your brain, spinal cord and elsewhere to block pain messages. Some are made directly from the aforementioned poppy while others are synthetically created in labs and, in addition to their painkilling properties, also produce a euphoric high in the user by releasing dopamine. Opioids are already extremely addictive due to the much-desired pain relief they bring, the high only adds fuel to the fire. 

The names of the well-known prescription brands have become almost ubiquitous in our pop culture, think, OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.

That’s the legal side. The illegal side, equally well-known, is where heroin lives.

The most commonly used and abused types of opioids are:


Seeing as how the chief reason for use is pain relief, this is where a lot of potential abuse stems from.

Opioids vary in strength as a pain reliever and are often prescribed after a serious surgery or injury to make a patient more comfortable. If the pain being treated is severe, synthetic opioids like Fentanyl can be prescribed. Fentanyl, by the way, is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, which is already a potent painkiller in its own right.

What typically ends up happening is that people grow tolerant of their prescribed dosage and begin to want and need more to get that same pain-relieving effect. Add to that the pleasurable euphoria that accompanies the relief and it’s easy to see how this turns into a vicious cycle.


Heroin is made from morphine and is illegal outright. It can be snorted, smoked, sniffed or injected and produces similar to the branded drugs and just like its prescription counterparts, heroin is highly addictive.

On occasion, prescription use leads people to this illegal alternative. The National Institute on Drug Abuse noted that “research suggests that misuse of these drugs may open the door to heroin use…an estimated 4 to 6 percent who misuse prescription opioids switch to heroin and about 80 percent of people who used heroin first misused prescription opioids”.


Methadone is a drug used in treating opiate addiction. While an opiate itself, it works to suppress the euphoric effects that opioids create. The fact that one can easily become addicted to what’s supposed to cure them is a testament to just how powerful the pull of opioids is.


This is another entrant in the world of treating addiction to opioids. Suboxone, itself having an opioid component though, is not free from the risk of addiction. It’s made from buprenorphine, an opioid, and naloxone, a medication used to quickly reverse an opioid overdose.

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How to Tell If Someone is Abusing Opioids

Signs & Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

The fact is, anyone who is prescribed opioids is at some risk for addiction, as the CDC points out that, “as many as one in four patients receiving long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting struggles with opioid addiction”. 

As tolerance builds, the dependency increases dramatically as well.

If you’re concerned a loved is abusing opioids, here are some signs to look for:

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What Happens When You Stop Using Opioids

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal and detox are always the biggest hurdles to clear but knowing what’s ahead is half the battle. The symptoms of withdrawal start to kick in within about 12 hours of the last usage and can include:

Detox is a crucial step to clear on the way to recovery and necessary before treatment can start. If a medically supervised detox is needed due to severe withdrawal symptoms, we have partner facilities that can safely handle medical detox.

It can be a painful experience but understanding what’s ahead makes for a more tenable and tolerable withdrawal and detox period.

It may be overwhelming.

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Treatment for Opioid Addiction at Our North Florida Drug Rehab

Opiate addiction treatment in Destin, FL, far removed from distraction in our luxury, waterfront facility can be the sunny answer you’re looking for. With a maximum of 6 clients, the treatment and attention you’ll receive from our professional team of clinicians, counselors and therapists is thoroughly committed and personalized down to the smallest details.

With a broad array of therapies and modalities that span the spectrum from traditional to alternative in nature, we work with you to craft a customized treatment plan that will give you the best chance at unlocking the door to a lasting recovery.

Given how unpleasant withdrawal can be, it’s not uncommon for people to continue using some form of opiate, hence why suboxone and methadone pose a risk for addiction themselves, but if your case warrants it, we will certainly explore medication-assisted treatment with you.

Quit Abusing Opioids for Good

Begin Your Journey at Our Opioid Rehab in North Florida

Substance abuse doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Recovery isn’t only possible but it’s well in your reach with opioid drug rehab in north Florida. Don’t let opioids control you or a loved one any longer, reclaim your life and sobriety at Bayshore Retreat.

Contact us today or request a free consultation by submitting your insurance information. Our CEO, Judy Butler, personally will answer your request and help you find the treatment options that best fit your personal needs.


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