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Albuquerque Opiate Treatment

Opiate TreatmentFrom the illegal use of prescription opiates to trafficking of harder drugs such as heroin, Albuquerque, New Mexico has felt the presence of opiate addiction within its city limits.  Residents battling opiate addiction can experience a host of complications related to use and recovery, including pain management issues, severe dehydration, rapidly building tolerance and mood disorders.

Effects of Opiate Addiction

Derived from the opium poppy, opiates carry powerful analgesic effects, particularly in the form of morphine and codeine. As such, opiates can be highly addictive – even in their prescriptive iterations. Opiates bind to specialized receptors in the brain (known as opioid receptors), influencing neurons and triggering feelings of calm and euphoria. Opiates also act upon the brain’s neurotransmitters – particularly GABA, dopamine, and cAMP – causing natural production to become disrupted and the user to experience a flood of dopamine (accounting for much of opiates’ “high”). Opiates can cause nerve cells to eventually resist their effects, resulting in a high tolerance to the class of drug.

However, as opioid receptors reside in the brain stem, automatic processes within the body can be affected by opiate use and abuse. Central Nervous System (CNS) functions such as the automatic regulation of breathing, arousal and blood pressure can become dangerously slowed – one reason that heroin overdoses often involve repressed breathing. Opiates can also seriously affect the digestive system, leading to severe constipation.  Other effects of opiate addiction and withdrawal can include sweating, tremors, muscle and bone pain, involuntary muscular movements (colloquially known as “kicking”) and personality changes. Those using intravenous forms of opiates – such as injectable morphine or heroin – also run the risk of fatal infections and blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.

Opiate Addiction Treatment for Albuquerque Residents

Physical detoxification marks the first step in recovering from opiate addiction. For New Mexico residents, over-enrollment at local opiate addiction treatment facilities has led to an inordinate number of out-of-state referrals, particularly for opiate addiction treatment. While one of the highest risks surrounding physical detoxification from opiates remains the high chance of relapse, individuals attempting to “kick” the drug also experience a host of withdrawal symptoms. Medically supervised withdrawal allows for conservative non-opiate medication to treat the muscular pain or bone pain that often accompanies withdrawal, while nausea and vomiting can also be lessened with over-the-counter medications. Mental side effects of opiate withdrawal, such as anxiety, delusionary thinking, paranoia and depression, can also be treated with psychiatric medication and counseling. In some cases, physical detoxification is facilitated with medications such as methadone – though controversy still exists as to the role of the drug in detoxification, and as such, many drug rehabs offer natural detox as an alternative.

Finding Opiate Addiction Treatment in Albuquerque

If you or a loved one has an opiate abuse problem, we invite you to call our toll-free number. Our trained addiction counselors are available to help 24 hours a day and can provide information about opiate treatment for both heroin and prescription opiate abuse and addiction. Our specialists can refer you or an Albuquerque loved one to some of the most reputable addiction treatment centers with experience and success in treating opiate addiction.