Suffering from Opiate Addiction? You’re Not Alone

In Psychiatry

Person Suffering from Opiate Addiction

Each year, tens of thousands of deaths occur due to overdoses of opiate prescription drugs. This problem is considered a national epidemic, with an estimated two million Americans abusing prescription opioids. If you or a loved one are suffering from this addiction, it is essential that you get the facts about the drug, its effects, and where to find treatment.

Opiates are most commonly found in prescription drugs such as:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydropmorphone
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl

Opioids are also found in the illegal drug heroin. Opioids bind to receptors in your brain, resembling the endorphin chemicals that are your body’s natural pain relievers. Prescription opioids produce enormous amounts of these chemicals in the brain where they slow the body’s central nervous system.

Recognizing an Opiate Addiction

Physical addiction to opiates can occur within four to six weeks, though a mental dependency can form within days. Due to their pain-relieving effects, combined with withdrawal symptoms of nausea, stomach pain, fever, bone pain, and shaking, opiates are a highly addictive drug. Being able to spot the signs of opiate addiction in yourself or a loved one is important.

Psychological SymptomsBehavioral SymptomsPhysical Symptoms
AnxietyAbandonment of responsibilitiesAgitation
EuphoriaPanic when the drug runs outHyper-vigilance
DepressionOpioid use beyond a doctor’s recommendationIncreased energy
PsychosisTotal focus on obtaining more opiatesIncreased heart rate

In many instances, opiate abuse will be accompanied by a co-occurring disorder, which is when a substance abuse issue is paired with a mental health disorder. Individuals addicted to opiates may also suffer from depression, anxiety, insomnia, or antisocial personality disorder.

Outpatient Treatment for Opiate Addiction in Dallas-Fort Worth

Treatment for addiction to prescription painkillers is available in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. At Texas Health and Counseling Group, we specialize helping individuals suffering from addiction work through their dependency in a supportive, compassionate environment. By addressing the psychological and behavioral effects of prescription pain killer addiction in group therapy or individual counseling programs, we believe dependency can be overcome so that you or a loved one can regain your life.

Take the first step toward opiate addiction treatment and contact Texas Health and Counseling Group. With locations in Arlington, Frisco, Hurst, McKinney, and Richardson, the help you need is close to home.


Michael Caruso, D.Ed

1717 Precinct Line Road Hurst, TX 76054
Mental Health
A well-respected and beloved psychologist with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Michael Caruso works for the Texas Health & Counseling Group in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. With a specialty in the psychophysiology of pain, Dr. Caruso is a graduate of East Texas State University/Texas A&M commerce.

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