Many people around the world suffer from an addiction to opiates. Opiates are drugs made from substances found in the opium poppy, or created from thebaine, a poisonous derivative of opium. Some of the opiates have been prescribed by physicians, but some of our clients have bought the drug with great risk to themselves from street dealers. Opiates are dangerous and can inflict much pain on abusers and addicts.

Two Major Opiates

OpiatesAmong the list of opiates that our clients find themselves addicted to are:


This opiate was first synthesized in Germany in the early part of the 20th century. It was used as a substitute for heroin and morphine. It produced less euphoria and side effects and posed less of a risk of addiction for the individual. It can be taken orally or via injection. Because the period of euphoria it produces is quite short, individuals who’ve used it recreationally tend to become addicted in a short period of time.


Fentanyl is also on the list of opiates as a narcotic painkiller whose effects come on rapidly and fade quickly. It’s used to treat breakthrough pain in such conditions as cancer. Its most popular form is that of a transdermal patch which is placed on the skin. The drug then slowly infiltrates through the skin into the body. Like oxymorphone, fentanyl’s effects last for such a short time that the individual who uses it can become addicted to it quickly.

Getting Help for Addiction to Opiates

Opiates are highly dangerous, if abused. All of them have the potential for addiction, and often intense withdrawal symptoms. This is why it is important for those detoxing from opiates to do so in a safe, controlled environment of a rehabilitation center. The entire list of opiates is extensive, and the results of such a wide variety of drugs creates a constant need for our inpatient drug rehab programs.

Contact us for more information on the dangers of an addiction to opiates or getting help.

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