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The Difference Between Opioids and Opiates

It is imperative for every American to know as much as possible about both opioids and opiates. It is getting to a point where everyone knows someone who has overdosed on one of these drugs. The more information you have the better. You’ll find Atlantic Recovery Centers has a knowledgeable addiction treatment staff. We know the difference between opioids and opiates, and we want to pass that knowledge onto you.

What Is An Opiate?

An opiate is a natural substance derived from the poppy flower. For example, heroin, morphine, and codeine are naturally occurring opiates.

An opioid is a substance, whether natural or synthetic that joins itself to the human brain’s receptors specified for opioids – opioid receptors. The opioid receptors in the brain are the ports that control pain, reward sensations, as well as addictive behavior sensations. Consequently, opiates are also opioids because they work with the opioid receptors in the human brain. However, conversely not every opioid is an opiate. Prescription painkillers, oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone, and hydrocodone are opioids.

In sum, a major difference between opioids and opiates is that only opiates are derived from nature.

Opioids And Opiates – Is One Safer Than The Other?

When you speak with someone about their prescription opioid use, often you’ll hear polarized comments. Some will love the drug while others will hate the drug. Some people don’t like how opioids make them feel. They complain that it makes them feel like they’re out of control. In either event, it is important to know how you feel when you take the prescription and to closely monitor its use. People often abuse these substances. Unwittingly, some doctors overprescribe the drug for dental procedures and other pain-inducing medical issues.

Can You Be Safe While Taking These Drugs?

Knowing the difference between opioids and opiates is important as you advocate for yourself. Chances are you will be prescribed an opiate or opioid following a medical procedure that causes pain. Similarly, if you complain of pain, a doctor may prescribe them as well. Be safe and be informed.

When it comes to abuse of opioids and opiates there is not a safer choice. In other words, one is no safer than the other. Once abuse has begun, the drugs are both equally lethal. The lethality of the drugs stem from the suppression of the central nervous system which includes breathing.

I Have An Addiction To Opiates – Is The Treatment Different From Opioid Addiction Treatment?

Treatment modalities are not different in treating these two substance addictions. Treatment is, in fact, different for every individual. Tweaking therapeutic approaches, contingency programming, therapeutic and community involvement, are all part of a successful treatment plan. Furthermore, we individualize treatment according to the client as opposed to the type of drug.

Why Is It Easier To Overdose On Opioids And Opiates?

Unfortunately, it is easier to overdose on opioids and opiates because they are so overly prescribed. Also, many people become easily addicted because it works on the addictive behavior portion of the brain. Some people are more physiologically likely to struggle with addiction to substances than others. If a doctor prescribes opioids in conjunction with other central nervous system repressive drugs, it’s easy to unknowingly overdose.

Is There A Difference Between Opioids And Opiates In Combination With Alcohol Abuse?

Due to the suppression of the central nervous system with both opiates and opioids, the combination with alcohol abuse is dangerous. This combination can cause an overly suppressed central nervous system.

Where Can I Go For Treatment For Opioid Or Opiate Addiction?

Atlantic Recovery Centers focuses on the adult client who has found themselves addicted to opiates, opioids, or other substances of abuse. Our focus is on your healthy sober life. We work with our clients to achieve their life-saving goals. It is critical to enter treatment as soon as you realize you have a problem with opioids or opiates. Unfortunately, the crisis has reached epidemic proportions in this country.

To help you with your substance abuse or alcohol abuse issues we offer the following programming:

Don’t hesitate, call us at 1-866-824-5193 today. Our smaller facility will be the launching pad for your sober life.