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Am I Addicted to Opiates and Can Palm Partners Detox Center Help Me?


Opiates are more well-known as pain killers. There are multiple medications and a few street drugs that fall under this class of drugs.

Examples of some common opiates are morphine, heroin, codeine, dilaudid, methadone, Oxycontin and others.

Around 9% of the US population will end up misusing or getting addicted to opiates. Whether or not a user is prescribed an opiate such as oxycontin or is using recreationally with opiates such as heroin the addiction rate is the same.

Opiates are extremely addictive and it is easy to become physically dependent on them. The reason for this is because of the way opiates attach themselves to receptors in the brain. This attachment to receptors creates a need to take more or what we know as a tolerance and a change in the user’s brain chemistry. The time it takes to become physically dependent or addicted to an opiate depends on the individual. If a user becomes physically dependent on any opiate; inducing any kind of rapid cessation or dramatic decrease of use will result in opiate withdrawal symptoms or “dope sickness”. All opiates are physically dependent and the opiate withdrawal symptoms tend to stay consistent regardless of which opiate or pain killer the user is addicted to. The opiate withdrawal symptoms do tend to vary slightly depending on which drug the user is dependent on and how much of it they have been using.

Opiates are defined as such because of their chemical make-up and for their use in the treatment of pain. Almost all opiates are derivative of the well-known medication morphine which was extracted and created centuries ago from the poppy plant which produces opium. Opium being the base for creating morphine thus we have the name opiate for all medications and drugs that are derived from opium poppies and are morphine based.

Opiate withdrawal symptoms are very uncomfortable although they are not fatal. The user going through the opiate withdrawal symptoms may think they are going to die but these symptoms are not life threatening and when treated by a medical detox such as Palm Partners detox center, which can be quick and as comfortable as possible. When and how long opiate withdrawal symptoms will last depend on which pain killer the user has been abusing and how much of it they have been taking. Either way, after stopping their opiate use the user will begin to feel uncomfortable for a period of time; with the opiate withdrawal symptoms worsening overtime then slowly starting to decline, becoming less painful and uncomfortable. Most opiate withdrawal symptoms are along these lines but are not limited to:


  • Cold sweating
  • Uncontrollable diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Aching limbs
  • Severe depression
  • Mounting panic
  • Strong cravings
  • Cramps
  • Chills
  • Goose bumps
  • Shakes
  • Irritation
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Runny nose
  • Yawning
  • Insomnia
  • Dilated pupils (This happens because while the user is on any kind of opiate they will have pin pointed pupils, this is one of the first signs of opiate misuse or addiction)

Opiate withdrawal symptoms can be painful, frightening, and uncomfortable to the point where a user will think it’s a better option to continue using the pain killer rather than try to stop. This creates a habitual pattern of use leading them further into opiate addiction. This is why treatment or a medical detox for any opiate withdrawal symptoms is highly recommended. Palm Partners detox center is specialized for the treatment of opiate withdrawal symptoms and can make your stay as comfortable as possible while you go through this very uncomfortable process. Palm Partners detox center deals with individuals going through opiate withdrawal on a daily basis and is well equipped to help in the cessation of opiate use. Palm Partners detox center can give someone dealing with opiate addiction the freedom from their drug use and the comfort needed during the opiate withdrawal.


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