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Opiate Addiction

Opiates – narcotics derived from the opium plant – are among the most abused drugs in the world. Opiates are a class of drug that includes morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and other synthetic compounds easily available by prescription. Traditionally prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain, many users become addicted to the effects produced by opiates, such as euphoria, “nodding” (alternately drowsy and alert states of consciousness), and apathy towards troubling or upsetting events. Over time, users find they need increased amounts of the drug to produce the same effects and avoid withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal from prescription opiates mirrors that of heroin, with users suffering an array of symptoms, including anxiety and agitation, intense muscle pain, insomnia, nausea and vomiting. People abusing prescription opiates can have an especially difficult time seeking and accepting help, believing erroneously that since opiates are legal and prescribed by a medical doctor, they cannot have an addiction.

At Milestones, we understand opiate addiction and the challenges that come with treating it. We offer a specialized treatment program that helps our clients understand their addiction and the contributing underlying issues. Clients begin to heal from the pain of their addiction and start on the road to recovery, while surrounded by the natural beauty of our-120 acre ranch nestled into the mountains of Malibu, CA.

We hope the information contained in this article has been helpful to you. Please feel free to contact us at Milestones Ranch Malibu with any questions or comments you may have. Call: (800) 791-6859 for assistance.

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