The effects that opioids can have on the brain and body are alarming. They cause both to become very dependent on the feelings they give when taken. Because of this, they are classified as extremely addictive drugs.
How Opioids Affect the Brain
When entering the body, opioids attach themselves to the nerve cells in the brain called opioid receptors. By doing this, they start to affect different regions of the brain and send off signals of pleasure. The different areas that are highly affected are the regions of the brainstem, spinal cord, and limbic system. This allows these parts of the brain to start giving off feelings of relaxation and contentment, even when in pain.
How Opioids Affect the Body
Opioids affect the body by blocking the signals from the areas of pain. This allows individuals to have feelings of comfort while the reaction is taking place. If used on a daily basis, opioids can cause individuals to develop serious illnesses. They can also slow down the metabolism to make them harder to break down.
Can Opioid Prescriptions Lead to Addiction?
Consuming illegal opioids isn’t the only way someone can develop an opioid addiction. Individuals who are prescribed opioids are subject to becoming addicted to the substance, as well.
Florida’s Pill Mills
In the early 2000s, especially from 2003 to 2010, Florida experienced a large increase in doctors prescribing opioids for cash only. By 2010, more than 90% of doctors buying the oxycodone supply in the U.S. were traced back to practicing in Florida. This caused an increased number of prescription pill overdoses during these years.
In February 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration began its investigation into the distribution of these pain pills in the state. The state also passed new laws making it much harder to prescribe opioids without proper knowledge or consent. Since then, the number of opioid-related deaths has significantly dropped in Florida.
Opioid Addiction in Florida
Like the rest of the U.S., Floridians are experiencing the detrimental effects of the opioid crisis that has swept the nation. In 2016, more than 4,500 deaths were attributed to opioid overdoses. At Rock Recovery Center, we want to help change the narrative. We want to give individuals affected by opioid addiction a way out of the abusive cycle.
The First Steps to Recovery
Acknowledging that you need treatment for opioid addiction isn’t easy. Once this has been identified, the first step to recovery will be the detoxification process. Treatment center staff will provide you with around the clock care to ensure that detox is a smooth process.
What is Opioid Detoxification?
Opioid detoxification is the process of removing the substance slowly from the body. Our goal is to give you a comfortable experience when going through opioid detox. Once complete, you will be able to live day-to-day without relying on opioids.
Typical Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
During the detox process, many patients experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. They include things like shaking, vomiting, sweats, fever, headaches, trouble sleeping, etc.
The period of withdrawal can be one of the hardest during treatment. We are here to assist with that. The goal of staff is to give you the support needed in order to make it through the symptoms. This will give you the highest chance of a full recovery.