Opioids are a class of drug, found in the opioid poppy plant, that interact with opioid receptors in the brain and body. They can create calming effects or feelings of euphoria. They are often prescribed to treat pain.
Opioids can be prescription pain relievers, such as OxyContin, or “street drugs” like heroin. People can become addicted to any type of opioid. The opioid crisis began in the 90’s, when more doctors began prescribing this class of drugs to treat pain.
People may become addicted to opioids through misusing a prescription, they may go from misusing a prescription to using drugs like heroin, or they may start out using non-prescription opioids. Either way, opioid addiction is serious. Opioids can cause respiratory depression. Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, is a medication that can reverse opioid overdoses.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)—the use of medications that help curb cravings and withdrawal symptoms, typically in combination with behavioral therapies—is often recommended for people with opioid use disorder who want to get sober. Medications like Suboxone and Vivitrol can lessen the intensity of cravings, so that people can focus on recovery.
If you are struggling with an opioid use or mental health disorder, there is help and hope. Amatus Recovery Centers offer high-quality treatment for addiction and mental health disorders in facilities across the country. We offer MAT (Suboxone and Vivitrol) to help free you from substances comfortably. Our staff—many of whom are in recovery themselves—will help you build a life in recovery that you love. Call an admissions specialist at 410-593-0005.