Opioid Addiction

Opioids are highly addictive and easily abused prescription pain-killers.

Opioid Addiction

Here at Recovery Ways, we are experienced in providing opioid addiction treatment to patients of all ages and backgrounds. Our staff is comprised of Masters level clinicians who are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care and treatment. Unlike many other facilities, we are licensed to administer individualized Suboxone treatment plans that will aid with the opioid addiction treatment process.

Abuse and addiction to prescription opioids.

Opioids affect the nervous system by attaching themselves to opioid receptors and reducing the perception of pain. They come from the opium poppy with morphine being the active chemical compound. Long-term use of opioids can make the body dependent on them and withdrawal symptoms can occur if usage is suddenly stopped.Opioids can come in capsules, tablets, or liquid with tolerance occurring quickly. Many abusers will break up the tablets and snort the drug which leads to a higher chance of overdose. Opioids slow down breathing and can cause some users to stop breathing altogether, especially when they mix the opioids with other drugs such as benzodiazepines or alcohol. Below are some of the different opioids and information about them.

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Common Opioids

Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Roxicodone, Percodan, Roxicet) is prescribed for moderate to severe pain and is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the United States. Street names include percs, killers, oxy, OC’s, oxycet, hillbilly heroin, roxi’s, and oxy cotton. Click here to read more about Oxycodone.

Oxymorphone (Opana) is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller, similar to morphine but less drastic, used for pain-relief, maintain anesthesia, and reduce anxiety.

Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Norco, Lortab, Zohydro) is usually prescribed for people who have severe injuries or serious surgery. It is chemically similar to heroin making it highly addictive. It blocks neurological pathways, dulling pain, and it enhances dopamine production, triggering the pleasure receptors, causing euphoria. Suboxone is often used to treat the withdrawal symptoms during detox.

Morphine (Kadian, Avinza, Duramorph) is an opiate that can be injected, a syrup, a tablet, or even smoked. It is very similar to heroin. Some street names include roxanol, monkey, M, Miss Emma, and white stuff.

Codeine (Fiorinal with Codeine, Empirin with Codeine, Acetaminophen with Codeine) is a prescribed pain medication used for mild pain. It is the main ingredient in prescribed cough syrups and Tylenol 3. It can cause users to become drowsy, constipated, blind, and respiratory failure. It is often considered the gateway drug for other stronger opiates. Street names include t-3s, cough syrup, cooties, and schoolboy. Codeine cough syrup has also become popular to mix with soda like Mountain Dew and Sprite, to make “purple drank.” This allows large amounts to be consumed quickly. It is also called sizzurp, lean, and syrup.

Meperidine (Demerol) is in white round tablets or in liquid form like syrup or as an injectable liquid; liquid forms are usually only given by medical professionals in a hospital setting. Street names include D, dust, or dillies.

Tramadol (Ultram, ConZip, Ryzolt) is similar to morphine and comes in an instant release (IR) or extended release (ER) form. Depending on the form, there are different doses but it should never be broken up and ingested. Street names include ultras, trammies, and chill pills.

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Fentanyl (Actiq, Sublimaze, Duragesic, Fentora, Subsys,Abstral, Lazanda) is a synthetic opioid that is 50-100 times stronger than morphine. It is used for severe pain such as during cancer treatments or after surgeries. There are different forms and brands to meet patient’s needs. Actiq is in the form of a lollipop and taken as such by patients already on pain-relieving medications. Duragesic is a patch that can last up to 3 days. Sublimaze is an injectable form given by medical staff before or after surgeries. Subsys is a spray put under the tongue usually for patients with breakthrough cancer pain for immediate relief. Abstral is a tablet form placed under the tongue for opiate-tolerant patients with breakthrough cancer pain. Fentora is a tablet placed between the upper cheek and gum. Lazanda is a nasal spray mostly used by cancer patients. Street names include crush, China white, China girl, apache, TNT, and dance fever. Click here for more information on Fentanyl.

Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) is a fast-acting painkiller with an instant release (IR) formula used in hospitals after injuries or surgeries such as joint replacements. It also has an extended release (ER) formula which may be prescribed for cancer pain or other serious injuries. Some of its street names are peaches, big D, M-80s, and dillies.

Methadone was synthesized in 1937 to be used during surgery with less addictive potential than morphine or heroin. Some people believe it is more addicting than heroin. Methadone is usually used to help heroin addicts through detox but it can also be prescribed for pain management.

Suboxone is a synthetic opiate and is used to help opiate users get through the detoxing phase. Since it is so similar users may become addicted.

Common names for Opioids

  • Cody
  • Doors & Fours
  • Loads
  • Footballs (pink footballs, yellow footballs)
  • Oxycat, Oxy 80

Are you in need of opioid addiction rehab?

Recovery Ways offers multiple levels of care for treating substance abuse issues. We operate four facilities in the Salt Lake City area which provide medically managed detox, inpatient treatment, PHP, sober living and intensive outpatient services. If you’re ready to make a change our admissions coordinators are standing by to take your call. We will provide professional opinion and can verify your benefits and find out if your insurance plan will cover the cost of opioid addiction treatment.

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