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Opiate Addiction Treatment

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating drug addiction that includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since drug addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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Information on Opiates

Opiates are controlled prescription substances that come from opium, which is a natural chemical found in plants and poppy seeds. Doctors prescribe these drugs to treat mild to severe pain in patients, and they’re also known as opioid painkillers. Due to their relaxing effects, some patients abuse opiates, which can result in addiction. 

A person typically develops an addiction to painkillers after a doctor prescribes them following an accident or injury. Patients receive a prescription with a specified dose from their doctor, with no intention of abusing the medication. However, they may develop an increased tolerance of painkillers, meaning the drug is no longer as effective in small doses.

A higher tolerance can cause a patient to take larger doses than their recommended amount to achieve the calming effect they crave. Increasing the dosage can lead to drug dependence, whereby an individual must continue taking the substance to feel normal. 

If a person’s drug-seeking behavior spirals out of control and begins to impact their mental and physical health, they may have an addiction. Addiction is more severe than a strong desire to use drugs because it’s a neurological disease that can feel inescapable. 

Opiates vs. Opioids

Many people use the terms “opiate” and “opioid” interchangeably because both substances produce similar effects. 

Opiates: These substances contain active ingredients that are naturally derived from opium. Common opiates include codeine and morphine, which are both from the opium found in poppy plants. 

Opioids: These substances are synthetically produced, and they mimic the natural effects of opium. Some opioids are entirely synthetic, whereas others are semi-synthetic, meaning they contain natural opium. 

It doesn’t matter if a drug came from a natural source or if someone chemically produced it. Frequent use of both opiates and opioids carries an equal potential for abuse and dependency. Both drugs work by activating a person’s Mu receptors in their brain, which depresses their central nervous system. 

When these receptors activate due to drug use, they release endorphins, which is a feel-good chemical.

Opiate Addiction Symptoms

Opiates are accessible because they’re relatively cheap. Although they can make a person feel calm, they can also cause the following side effects:

  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory depression (slow breathing)

These symptoms can lead to short and long-term psychological and neurological effects, such as permanent brain damage, coma, or death. 

Opiate withdrawal can be both uncomfortable and dangerous. Withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Sleep problems
  • Bone and muscle pain
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Cold flashes
  • Uncontrollable leg shakes
  • Intense cravings

Opiate Addiction Treatment

Successful opiate addiction treatment typically involves supervised detoxification to maximize safety during the withdrawal period; furthermore, it reduces the risk of relapse. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a combination of medication and counseling that can help a person manage their withdrawal symptoms. Counseling sessions can help a patient discuss the root of their substance abuse. Some people turn to an inpatient treatment center and seek behavioral therapy to help them adjust their attitude regarding drug use.

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Joy Downen

10 weeks ago

This place is so wonderful and all of the staff care so very much! They are very professional and they know what they are doing. Absolutely amazing facility and staff!!!
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Nathan Frame

28 weeks ago

Steps Recovery is the place you go if you want a caring and understanding program. They have helped me gain knowledge about myself and what I want/need to do. The staff there can relate and help you through core issues and they push you to do better because being in this program you know you can do big and amazing things. Also the therapists there are awesome and walk with you through struggles of life and give you the tools you truly need. Overall this place is an amazing opportunity and you’d be missing out on a lot if you chose to not at least try this program.
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Shaylesa Stulce

46 weeks ago

Steps Recovery in St. George has been amazing! I’m so excited to use the tools that I’ve learned here! The staff is amazing, and very understanding! I would recommend them to anyone struggling with addiction!
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Adam Kelly

47 weeks ago

What I liked most about my time at Steps is the atmosphere that was presented during my whole stay. I have done a lot of treatment centers and this one is by far the one I have felt I gained the most from. I would highly recommend Steps to anybody struggling with addiction!
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Gary Hanson

47 weeks ago

Steps saved our daughter’s life as well as her kids!
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Natalie Painter

Jan 1, 2019

The staff and facility is amazing- Couldn’t ask for anything better. The program is well rounded with rec activities, equine therapy, gender therapy, group therapy, individual and couples therapy, and also attends various 12 Step support groups such as AA or NA. They also have family therapy and processing with options for individual settings or in a group. These help families understand what their loved ones who suffer from addiction is going through and how to support them, and also gives them their own support system.
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Nov 13, 2018

This place saved my life! The therapists were very helpful, friendly and really cared about the clients wellbeing. The tech’s were alway helpful with meds and anything that was needed. House manager was amazing, had high expectations on job duties, and kept a very clean organized atmosphere. Food was always amazing. I never went hungry! The information and skills that I have learned and applied to my life are priceless. If you’re not willing to put forth the work to change your life this is not your place, but if you are this is the first Step to take. I Love everyone at Steps. Thank you for all your help
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Matthew Cromar

Aug 10, 2018

I’d been to other recovery centers before but this one was the best, it stuck because I was willing to do the work, and with the help I received from staff I am now celebrating a year of sobriety in a couple of days. Update; I’m now 18 months sober as of yesterday and I still keep in touch with my steps family. The lessons I learned at steps will stick with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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