Bella Monte Recovery Center’s opiate treatment program is designed and dedicated to the process of helping individuals overcome their physical and psychological addiction. The Bella Monte Recovery Center’s clinical team is highly trained to deal with the challenges involved with opioid addiction and treatment. A controlled and medically supervised detoxification will be necessary and the intensity of withdrawal will depend on the duration and amount of opioid use. However, detoxification is not a complete solution. Most addicts will eventually resume using opioids unless they receive further help.

Opioids enhance the effects of neurotransmitters in the brain called endorphins to suppress pain, reduce anxiety and, at sufficient levels, produce euphoria. After any period of continual use, nerve receptors adapt to these drugs, leading to an increased tolerance. As tolerance and dosage increases, the brain ceases to produce its own natural endorphins. At this point, the abrupt absence of opioid drugs will induce withdrawal syndrome as the body tries to compensate. Symptoms include agitation, anxiety, tremors, muscle aches, hot and cold flashes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Once this dependence has been established, the user is in a seriously high-risk situation. Professional help should be sought immediately. Examples of opioid drugs include:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Heroin
  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco, Lortab, Lorcet)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Fentanyl
  • Meperdine (Demerol)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon, Darvocet)

The rising popularity of prescription pain medications has made opioid addiction an alarming epidemic. Although heroin has been the long-time favorite among opiate users due to its high potency, prescription medications like Vicodan, Oxycontin (known to users as “legal heroin”) and the recently developed Opana are equally dangerous. What begins as legitimate pain management can quickly escalate  into full-blown opioid addiction. As prescription dosages become insufficient, users often utilize alternate methods of consumption including smoking, snorting, or intravenous injection, highly raising the risk of overdose or infectious diseases like Hepatitis C or HIV. Many will turn to illegal methods of obtaining stronger opioids like Oxycontin and Opana and may eventually graduate to more affordable and obtainable street drugs like heroin.

The staff at Bella Monte Recovery Center has extensive experience treating men and women suffering from opioid addiction. As many addicts tend to conceal, minimize or rationalize their addictions, we work to break down these barriers to recovery with a caring and holistic approach. We understand that addictions of this type involve a multitude of physical, emotional, legal, financial, and social consequences. We are here to help clients process the devastation associated with their addictions so that healing can occur and lives may be rebuilt.