Heroin and prescription opiate abuse are one of the leading problems in America today. Some look at heroin as the most dangerous of these but in fact, prescription opiates are rapidly becoming one of the most abused and dangerous drugs to take.
With these types of drugs hitting the streets and creating an epidemic not only in the impoverished areas of the country but in our upper and middle classes as well, we are looking at an area of great interest in terms of finding a cure.
According to a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, close to 400,000 Americans used heroin in 2004, with 120,000 of these people being first-time users. The number of people who used prescription opiates for a non-medical use was considerably higher at 11.2 million Americans according to the survey.
Despite all of this, there can be a cure for opiate addiction. The Narconon program provides effective and natural rehabilitation. By going through this program the person is able to address the physical and mental aspects of the addiction and handle it once and for all.
To understand how to cure this addiction, it is necessary to understand how opiates affect the brain.
Opiates affect the brain in two ways. First, when the opiates attach themselves to specific proteins in the brain called opioid receptors, the overall pain perception in the body is reduced. This can also have the effect of drowsiness, mental confusion, hinder respiration, etc.
The second thing it creates in some people is a feeling of euphoria. This is due to the fact that the opiates affect parts of the brain that involve reward and endorphins.
The body has many natural mechanisms to treat pain and create good feeling. It uses endorphins in a large measure to do this; when these are released artificially, the body becomes accustomed to this and has trouble producing it later in a natural setting.
In this wise, the person begins on the road to addiction as he now needs the drugs in order to have feelings of well-being and happiness. At a certain point and after he uses more and more, he actually feels terrible when not on the opiates and only uses them to feel “normal” again. This is the point of addiction. Get help now. Call 800-468-6933
Solutions to addiction
There are many different opinions and methods in the field of drug rehabilitation to treat opiate addiction.
One of the methods of treatment currently used by many facilities is a wean-down with drugs approach, whereby the person is given small dosages of a less potent opiate such as methadone or Suboxone in order to wean off of a more powerful opiate.
This has recently been considered questionable due to the alarming number of people that have become addicted to these drugs themselves after treatment in a facility. Because they are still being administered an opiate, often the addict is just replacing this high with the high that they can get from another, slightly less powerful version of the drug.
In a way this creates a sort of vicious cycle where you are trying to get someone off of a drug using the same drug, with the addict going to whichever one is the most available to achieve the high.
The other method being applied involves a more natural approach. This is the method employed by the Narconon program, which includes the use of vitamins, minerals, nutrition and light exercise with the end goal of removing the toxins from the body. Get help now. Call 800-468-6933
Opiate addiction is not just a physical issue either. The original reason for using these drugs can often be to cope with some negative situation that the person was dealing with in their life. The drugs seemly mask the problems for them and once they start using regularly, the physical dependence kicks in and they become addicted to the drug.
To fully cure the addiction, this has to be addressed in treatment by getting the addict to look at and work out how to actually handle the situation and problems in their life that led them to use the drugs in the first place.
In determining which type of program you need to effectively get off opiates, it is important to look at the statistics and effectiveness of the program.
There are instances of people being able to get off opiates by using methadone or suboxone for the initial wean down, but the risk of the person becoming addicted to one of these replacement drugs instead is very real.
The Narconon program uses a natural approach and has a 76 percent success rate amongst those who enter the program. Get help now. Call 800-468-6933