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Opiates are highly addictive drugs, sometimes prescribed to relieve pain. Their addictive nature can lead many people to drug addiction rehab. An opiate addiction treatment program provides a way for people who develop a substance use disorder to find recovery. At United Recovery California, we offer a variety of approaches to the treatment of opiate use disorder. Our goal is to help you rebuild your life and find lasting sobriety. We do that by providing clinically proven treatments in a luxury environment. You can learn more about our luxury addiction treatment center in Southern California by contacting us online or calling 855.923.3506.

What are Opiates?

opiate addiction treatment programOpiates are opioids drugs derived from the poppy plant and opium. The terms opioid and opiate are sometimes used interchangeably, but opioid refers to both natural and synthetic drugs in this class. Often prescription pain medications are opiates. Some common drugs that fall into this category include:

  • Vicodin
  • Hydrocodone
  • OxyContin
  • Oxycodone
  • Morphine

It is possible to get these drugs by prescription for a medical problem and then develop an addiction.

Why Are Opiates So Addictive?

Opiates affect the brain and deliver certain chemicals, specifically dopamine, a substance that makes you feel good. Opiates attach to opioid receptors in the brain, triggering the release of dopamine. Over time, you need more of the drug to get the same effect. Your brain may also stop releasing dopamine without the drug.

How Can You Tell If You Need Opiate Addiction Treatment?

Since opiates are usually prescription drugs, it’s difficult to know if someone you love might have an addiction and need help. Some signs might indicate they need a substance abuse treatment center in Southern California, though. One of the most obvious symptoms is withdrawal. It starts the minute they last use the drug. If they miss a dose, they may get sick. If you notice they seem to get the flu a lot, it might actually be withdrawal. Another potential warning sign is what experts call doctor shopping. When one doctor does not renew a prescription for an opiate pain reliever, people with addiction will try other practitioners. They may go to local clinics or the emergency room and claim to be in pain. At some point, using the drug takes over their lives. It may affect careers, relationships and cause money problems.

What is the Treatment Like at United Recovery California?

United Recovery California is an opiate rehab center in southern California. We provide evidence-based treatment but do it in style. Our facilities have top-notch amenities like huge living spaces and kitchens, pools, and beautiful landscapes—everything you would expect from a resort in California but with treatment. Our services at United Recovery California include:

  • Residential treatment — You live with us full-time as you work toward recovery.
  • Intensive outpatient care — You travel to our facility for your treatment but go home with family and friends.
  • Sober living — This program allows you to live in a supportive, sober environment—a nice one—during and after your treatment.
  • Aftercare — Once you leave the opiate addiction treatment program, we continue to support and help you find resources to maintain your sobriety.
  • Creative therapies — Art and music can be very healing.

We believe in diversity and fully support the LGBTQ community. While in treatment, we offer all kinds of perks like equine therapy and day trips to the beach. Between the psychotherapy treatment programs, the luxuries, and the perks, you’ll find there is plenty to do at United Recovery California. If you are looking for an opiate addiction treatment center in Southern California for someone in your life, call us at 855.923.3506 or go online and fill out our contact form. The staff at United Recovery is here to help.