Opioids refer to any natural, synthetic, or semi-synthetic chemical that interacts with the pain receptors in our brains. These drugs include legal prescription drugs like morphine and illegal drugs like heroin and fentanyl. They reduce pain and give you a feeling of euphoria, making them highly addictive and dangerous. The opioid epidemic in the United States has led to thousands of deaths. According to the CDC, “The number of drug overdose deaths increased by nearly 30% from 2019 to 2020 and has quintupled since 1999. Nearly 75% of the 91,799 drug overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid.”
Because prescription opioids are commonly prescribed, it is all too easy for many people to continue to chase that high after their prescription runs out. Unfortunately, they often turn to heroin or fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. At Cypress Lakes Lodge, we understand that painkillers are highly addictive and how difficult it is to stop using them. Opioids are dangerous and can be extremely deadly. We will work with you to reduce your emotional and physical dependence on opioids with holistic therapies for pain management.
Whether they are synthetic, natural, illegal, or prescribed, opioid use consumes people’s lives and it’s very difficult to recover without help. Reach out to Cypress Lakes Lodge for more information about opioid addiction treatment.
For Family Members and Friends:
If your loved one is prescribed painkillers after a major surgery or for any health reason, they are at risk for developing an opioid addiction. Some people become addicted to and abuse opioids without even knowing it. If you notice any signs of dependence such as your loved one being unable to function without their painkillers, reach out for help. With dangerous substances like opioids, it’s important to get help before it’s too late.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that was created to treat pain in cancer patients. It is a potent pain killer and very dangerous. Illegal fentanyl is often mixed with other drugs like heroin, cocaine, and pain pills. Because of its potency, fentanyl is more addictive than other opioids. Because it’s often mixed with other drugs, people don’t know they’re taking it, making it more deadly than other painkillers.
According to the DEA, “Only two milligrams of fentanyl is considered a potentially lethal dose; it’s particularly dangerous for someone who does not have a tolerance to opioids.” The fentanyl epidemic is a nationwide problem. For anyone suffering from opioid addiction, it’s important to get help before it’s too late.
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Heroin is an opiate drug that has become infamous for its powerful addictive properties and high rates of overdose. It is most often sold in a white or brown powder form but is also available as a sticky dark brown “tar,” that users can inject or smoke. This drug has a euphoric high that floods your brain with artificial pain-killing chemicals. Go here to find out more about Heroin addiction.
Prescription opioids like morphine, hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), and codeine are unfortunately readily available and frequently prescribed as painkillers. They are as addictive as other opioids because of the pain reduction and feeling of euphoria that they produce. Many people who have had major surgery are prescribed painkillers and become addicted. This can lead to heroin and fentanyl addictions. Go here to find out more about Prescription Drugs.
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Chronic Pain Management
Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek medical care and has been linked to mobility issues, anxiety and depression, and opioid dependence. Opioids are highly effective for pain management but their addictiveness and fatality rates make them untenable as treatment methods. There are other ways to reduce chronic pain that don’t involve addictive drugs that have led to thousands of overdose deaths in the U.S.
The treatment program at Cypress Lakes Lodge includes a chronic pain management system that teaches you new skills for managing pain naturally. Each chronic pain management treatment is customized to address your localized pain that is unique to you. You can live without addiction, and we can help you get there.
Side Effects of Opioids:
- Physical dependence
- Respiratory depression
Addiction affects every aspect of your life. By seeking treatment at Cypress Lakes Lodge, you are committing to living your life free of substances. Cypress Lakes Lodge offers a full suite of treatment options from detox through outpatient therapy and we will guide you through every step. To reclaim your life today, please call us at 409-331-2204.