Opiate Rehab Information
Colorado Opiate Addiction Rehab Information
If you are searching for opiate addiction rehab in Colorado, Peaks Recovery offers full rehab and recovery support for young adults in crisis at our beautiful Colorado Springs facility. We offer age-specific and gender specific programs tailored specifically to young adults, giving them a safe and nurturing environment in which to recover before re-integrating back into a normal life in recovery.
Opiate addiction in Colorado: concerning statistics
The opioid crisis in Colorado has reached epidemic proportions. Just last year, the state of Colorado had the dubious honor of being number one for illicit opiate abuse (as well as other substances) across the entire nation. Additionally, deaths from opioid overdose outnumbered death from homicide in 2015, which is concerning, to say the least.
Although deaths from prescription opioids have dropped about 27% since 2015, deaths from heroin overdose have risen by 23% in a clear case of “one step forward, two steps back”.
The significant drop in prescription drug addiction and overdose could be attributable to new laws limiting the availability of certain drugs such as Oxycontin, but this seems to have just pushed these addicts into the street to find their fix.
You see, opioid addiction is not a simple matter of “stop using the drug and things will get better.” It is a serious, physical addiction that once settled can take over your life in ways you never thought possible.
The relationship between prescription pain medications and heroin
While many people’s image of a heroin addict is somebody living on the outskirts of society, arguably a willing participant in a life of crime and debauchery, it doesn’t often begin this way.
Most addicts began their battle with opioids as a result of an accident or other trauma causing severe pain. Narcotic pain killers are often prescribed for the initial stages of pain control, with the idea that the patient will be “weaned off” in time. However, this sometimes never occurs.
If the patient has been taking this type of drug for any length of time, a tolerance will start to build and they will need to take more drugs to get the same pain-alleviating result. This increased dosage is just one of the many factors that could lead to full-blown addiction.
Once the patient begins to demand more of the medication or require it more often, the doctor may decide to abruptly discontinue the prescription. This is often the catalyst that turns this seemingly “normal” person to alternate means in order to obtain their drug of choice.
While prescription medications may be expensive or not be easy to come by on the street, heroin is relatively inexpensive and plentiful if the addict knows where to look. And there is no person more motivated to find what they need than an addict in the throes of withdrawal.
Types of opiates, illicit, and otherwise
There are many types of opiates, both of the prescription and street varieties. Some of the prescription opiates that addicts are particularly fond of include:
- Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Narcos, Tussionex)
- Heroin (aka black tar, china white, brownstone, chiba)
When prescription opiates are indicted for acute pain, they are often very effective. However, they are only intended for short-term use as the body quickly becomes accustomed to the euphoria and the sense of calm and pleasure they give.
For an addict facing pressures at home or on the street, the high provides an oasis-like escape from their problems, like the proverbial carrot at the end of a stick. It can make everything seem “right” again, even when their entire world is crumbling around them.
The effects of Opiates and heroin
Opiates in and of themselves are largely ineffective for long-term pain control. For this reason, those who suffer from chronic pain syndromes like fibromyalgia, or who have had severe injuries resulting from a serious accident are especially at risk.
The way pain works in the body is as a warning system:
- liAcute pain stops you from continuing an activity, or alerts you that something is not right. For instance, if your hand is close to a hot flame, it will burn. As a result, you pull your hand away – injury averted.
- liWhen you are injured, such as if you are hit by a falling object, or if you fall on the pavement, you will feel pain, followed by a warming sensation to the area. This is often followed by an endorphin rush (your body’s natural pain killers), which is your body’s way of coping with the pain until you can get help.
Opiate pain killers mimic endorphin production in the same way. As the body becomes accustomed to the drug analgesia, it stops producing its own endorphins. The result is that when the drug is discontinued, the body feels a great deal more pain than it ought to. This is just a small part of the withdrawal an addict may experience when the drug wears off.
Depending on how severe the addiction is, they may also feel symptoms such as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Body aches and pains
- Profuse sweating
- Uncontrollable leg and arm movements
- Extreme anxiety or aggressive behavior
The severity of the symptoms may lead some individuals to extreme measures, such as criminal, personally debasing or immoral activity in order to obtain the drug.
In some addicts, this may manifest itself in drug-seeking behavior with the doctor or pharmacy, but in others, or when all else has failed, it may proceed on to robbery or worse.
Opiate addiction in Colorado teens and young adults
Addicted teens and young adults in Colorado may start stealing from their family and friends, either to get money to buy what they need, or to obtain valuable goods that they can then sell or trade.
In any case, the young person who was once a loving family member will suddenly be unrecognizable as who they once were, and will seemingly care very little for the people and things that once meant the world to them.
While opiate addiction is often not recognizable until it has fully taken hold, opiate intoxication can be very easily determined.
Some signs of opiate intoxication include:
- Falling asleep at inopportune times, or “nodding off”
- Incessant itching, especially around the face and nose
- Pinpoint pupils
- Hallucinations, talking to people who aren’t there
- Delusions, sometimes very convincing and vivid
- Vomiting, sometimes violently
- Loss of appetite for anything more than sweets
Though opiate intoxication is not a clear indicator of addiction, it could be a warning sign that challenging times are ahead.
What to do in case your teen overdoses on opiates
An opiate overdose is often marked by the inability to breathe. The drug suppresses both the central nervous system (CNS) and the gag reflex, so it is possible to either stop breathing or to choke on vomit as the body is unable to respond normally.
If you think your teen is overdosing from opiates, call 911 immediately, then do these things:
- Try to get them up and walking around
- Put them in a cold shower to try to bring them around
- Or – put cold compresses, ice or ice water on their face and body
- Loudly call their name into their ear over and over
- Check to see if their airway is blocked
- If not breathing or turning blue: give them CPR and mouth to mouth until EMS arrives
- If you have to leave them for a time, turn them on their side so they don’t choke
Remain vigilant and get help
The thing to remember is that opiates are unlike just about any other drug: even one dose can mean death for an inexperienced user. With the current widespread nature of fentanyl-laced heroin, even hard-core addicts are dying from a single dose. It is a worrying trend that will likely get worse before it gets better.
Treatment Options in Colorado for young adults
If you feel that you, your teen, or someone you love is addicted to opiates, we encourage you to reach out to Peaks Recovery in Colorado Springs for opiate addiction rehab information.
Our Colorado opiate rehab program is designed specifically for young people, highlighting the importance of gender-specific and age-specific treatment for best long-term recovery results.
Age-specific opiate rehab
Our success rate is based on empirical evidence that peer-group therapy provides higher value over the long term. For instance, those belonging to a specific age group have shared similar life events and experiences. We find that this helps them to relate to each other in a more meaningful way and allows them the freedom to just be themselves without distractions or influences that might otherwise lead them to conceal, act out, or be less than honest about their progress.
Gender-specific opiate rehab
Gender-specific opiate rehab is far more effective than mixed-gender rehab for many of the same reasons. By isolating the male and female populations, we remove the inherent friction caused by sexual tensions, shyness, expectations, or the development of potential co-addictions.
By isolating young adults within their own gender and age, we can more easily delve into the root causes of the addiction, thus offering a safe environment from which our patients can rediscover their clean and sober selves. It is only by uncovering the source of the addiction that we can hope to heal completely.
Gender-specific opiate rehab
Though the initial detox from opiates only takes a few days, Peaks Recovery’s opiate rehab program doesn’t end there. We are committed to helping the young adults in our care reach their full potential, and this includes helping them reintegrate back into normal life. This may mean going home and getting back to school or their studies, or, for some, it may mean learning basic life skills like finding and keeping a job, followed by living independently.
No matter what the needs may be, our only goal is to help our young patients succeed and go on to live a happy and fulfilled life, free of opiate addiction.
Peaks Recovery: Colorado opiate rehab
If you would like more information on our opiate rehab program, please get in touch right away. We are here to help.