Chicopee Against Addiction
Opioid & Prescription Pill Addiction
Opioids as Pain Relievers

There are a variety of prescription pain relievers that are abused. Waiting to hit rock bottom is too late with opioid abuse, as overdose is often the result.

Prescription opioids currently identified with potential for abuse:

CodeineFentanyl – ActiqHydrocodone – Vicodin, Norco, ZohydroHydromorphone – DilaudidMeperidine – DemerolMethadone – Dolophine, MethadoseMorphine – Duramorph, MS ContinOxycodone – OxyContin, Percodan, PercocetOxymorphone – Opana

Opioids Effect on Body & Health


Prescription opioids can be swallowed, snorted, smoked or injected, and each method has short and long-term effects on multiple parts of your body, including:

Gastric System – Nausea, constipation Respiratory System – Slowed breathing Circulatory System – Collapsed veins, potential for HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases when injected

Accidental misuse because of multiple prescriptions in older adults can lead to drug interactions and overdose due to slower breakdown by the body.

When used with alcohol, a dangerous lowering of heart rate, depressed breathing, coma and potential death is possible.

Opioids Treatment Overview

Treatment teams use evidence-based treatment, including:

Contingency managementMotivational incentives12-Step programs

Medical detox in Opioid Recovery

Short-acting withdrawal side effects start approximately 6 to 12 hours after your last use. Long-acting withdrawal side effects start approximately 30 hours after your last use. Severity of your side effects are dependent on multiple factors, including:

Type of opioids abused (short-acting vs long-acting)Length and amount of opioids consumedMedical historyCo-occurring disordersPast and current Trauma

During this first stage of detox most patients will experience mild to moderate symptoms, including:

Uncontrollable tearing up Body achesIrritability TirednessInsomnia Runny nose Sweating High blood pressure Elevated heart rate Fever

In days 3 through 7 you may start to experience these additional symptoms:

Vomiting Diarrhea Abdominal cramping Goose bumps Depression Increased cravings

Treatment teams monitor and assist with these symptoms as you go through opioid addiction treatment or prescription pills addiction treatment.

There are three FDA approved medications for helping opioid withdrawal:

Methadone: Changes how brain responds to pain. Reduces symptoms.Buprenorphine: Clinical opioid agonist. Produces weak reward. Naltrexone: Reduces cravings and prevents rewards.

After about a week, evidence-based treatment is the best way to maintain your recovery.

Why Residential Treatment is Important in Opioid Addiction

The symptoms of opioid addiction withdrawal are intense, and side effects of withdrawal may be life-threatening. Quitting cold-turkey, without support, can be dangerous, and rarely results in extended success.

Clinically proven treatments are designed to help you with through extended withdrawal.
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