Looking to detox from opioid addiction? Landmark Recovery is your go-to for the best treatment in Connecticut. Our detox program is safe and effective at getting patients back on their feet and into the healthy lifestyle they’ve always wanted to live.
Morphine is traditionally considered the gold standard in opiate analgesics. It comes from the opium poppy and has been around since 1806 when it was isolated in a lab environment. Morphine has legitimate uses as a pain reliving drug, but since 1806, it’s also been misused to a significant degree because of the desirability of the effects on those addicted to it.
Heroin is also an opioid drug in the same family as the pain relievers we commonly associate with opioid addiction. At first, it was available commercially from Bayer as a “non-addictive” alternative to cocaine, but this was quickly proven wrong; it was formally outlawed as a freely available substance in the US by the Harrison Narcotic Act of 1914.
Today, when we think of opioid addiction, we think of painkillers like oxycodone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, tramadol, codeine, or some other drug ending in -ine or -one. This is largely true, as they all work as opiate analgesics that block pain. Organically derived opioids originate from the opium poppy, which has been in cultivation for thousands of years. The synthetic/semisynthetic opioids, like fentanyl and the “codones”, are produced in labs. Fentanyl is about 100 times as powerful as morphine.
An opioid overdose happens when the breathing and heart rate are reduced to a fatal degree. Usually, a respiratory arrest is a killer of overdosing individuals. Nausea and vomiting happen commonly with opiates due to the location of some of the receptors in the brain. Severe constipation can occur with opiate use, regardless of whether the drugs are being administered at proper therapeutic doses or being abused.
Momentarily ignoring heroin usage rates in Connecticut, the pain reliever abuse levels are much higher than regular heroin usage, most likely owing to the readily available nature of these types of drugs (via prescriptions or illicit market purchases).
The group that suffers the most from opioid addiction in the state of Connecticut is 18- to 25-year-olds at 4.85% abusing opiates each year. For those 18 and older, 3.43% of adults in the state have abused opiate painkillers.
At Landmark, we value holistic treatment plans, which is why we go beyond the traditional detox and rehab. Our facilities offer both residential and outpatient services, including partial hospitalization if needed. Medication-assisted treatment is undertaken if a patient’s medical needs call for it. We make sure there are multiple paths toward recovery to achieve full and lasting recovery so we’re as effective as possible.
Holistic treatment includes therapy and counseling in different forms, along with 12-step programs like AA and NA. Once you graduate from our program, we give you access to a nationwide alumni program so you can connect with others in recovery and get the educational resources you need to win the day.
Interested in learning more about how Landmark Recovery can help you successfully detox from opioid addiction? Give us a call at (860) 485-7361 today. Our goal is to save as many lives as possible in the next century, starting with you.
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