Opioids

Opioids are a class of drugs that act in the nervous system to produce feelings of pleasure and pain relief. Some opioids are legally prescribed in healthcare such as oxycodone, fentanyl, byprenorphine, methadone, oxymorphone, codeine, and morphine. While other opiates such as heroin are illegal drugs used recreationally.

Symptoms & Diagnosis

Opiate addiction is characterized as very powerful and compulsive in terms of urges to redose opiate drugs – even after they are no longer required medically.

  • Agitation and irritability
  • Euphoria (during immediate use only)
  • Mood swings, hallucinations, disorientation, and delusions.
  • Anxiety, and Paranoia 
  • Hostility towards other
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Weight loss
  • Scabs, or bruises (result of picking at the skin)
  • Frequent respiratory infections and shortness of breath
  • Constricted pupils
  • Nausea and vomiting

Opiates and Opiates are often used interchangeably, however Opiates are substances with active ingredients dervived from opium. These include morphine, codeine, which originate from the poppy plants. While Opioids are synthetically manufactured man-made / artificial drugs that  mimic the natural effect of opium. These opioids fall into two categories: fully synthetic, and partially synthetic (such as Heroin). Partial refers to opioids that still contain parts of natural opium.

Both types work by activating the receptors within a persons central nervous system which release feel good chemicals formally known as endorphins. The release of these endorphines lead to feelings of calmness, euphoria, tranquility, and relaxation – which can be highly addicting. 

Both opiates, and opioids carry equal potential for addiction and abuse. Abuse is characterized by drug seeking behavior – often compulsive. These addictive traits also include pathological urges to redose which can cause individuals to borrow, steal, or buy the drug from persons such as friends and family.  If unable to access these drugs, addicted persons may resort to seeking out heroin off the illegal blackmarket. 

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Treatment Program

If you feel that you are becoming addicted it is never too early to get professional help. Family members who believe that their loved one or friends have an opioid problem can call for help or intervention. The long-term objective of the opioid addiction treatment program at 1000 Islands Wellness & Treatment Centre is to provide lasting, zero relapse recovery.

We help to identify the signs of dependency:

  • You have overused your painkilling medications and you need to frequently visit a doctor to get your prescription
  • Doctor shopping or visiting numerous doctors just to get multiple prescriptions?
  • Acquisition or stealing painkillers that are prescribed to others
  • Putting money, energy, and time into getting your opioid medications
  • You feel depressed, irritated, and sick if you have not taken any opioid drugs?
  • Have you tried to quit but have been unsuccessful?

What does opioid Treatment involve?

The first step is to thoroughly understand the intensity of the individual’s opioid dependency. This will be critical to identify the needs and of our client. Finally, we then proceed with the program. Our programs include Medically supervised Detox, Counselling (group and individual), life management courses, meditation and yoga therapy, physical therapy and other therapeutic behaviour therapy.

The level and stage of the individual’s opioid addiction is initially and comprehensively assessed in order to identify their unique needs. We proceed with our treatment processes and methods including aftercare services to avoid relapse, detox, counselling services, life management courses, meditation and yoga therapy, and cognitive behaviour therapy.

1000 Islands Wellness & Treatment Centre offers professional, confidential, and complete opioid addiction treatment for individuals and their family and loved ones in Canada. We are conveniently located in the Thousand Islands in the middle of everything and a short drive from Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal, Hamilton and easily accessible by air from right across Canada with 2 major airports close by. Consult an addiction specialist today and know more about our opioid addiction treatment.

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  • Art and Music therapy
  • Relapse prevention information
  • Life management
  • Counselling for individuals, groups, and families
  • Nutritional and dietary counselling
  • Physical fitness and personal training
  • Aftercare treatment solutions

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