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Commonly Abused Opiates

pills spill from bottles on a counter, two of many commonly abused opiates

Opiates refer to drugs that are derived from or contain ingredients from the opium poppy. The term is often used interchangeably with opioids and is often used to provide pain relief. Opiate medications can be effective painkiller medications when they are used as prescribed by a medical professional. Unfortunately, these drugs are powerful, and individuals can become addicted after using them only a handful of times. Opiates are highly addictive, and quitting leads to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Trying to detox from opiates without professional support is challenging and can be highly dangerous. During detox, individuals can face intense physical and mental withdrawal symptoms that can lead to relapse or threaten their health. At California Centers for Recovery, we provide an opiate detox program to help clients through the process safely and effectively. We offer a luxurious place for people to stop using opiates and take crucial steps toward building a brighter future. For more information about detox and recovery, contact California Centers for Recovery at 877.328.5682.

Understanding Painkiller Addiction

Opiates work by attaching to opioid receptors in the brain to alter your perception of pain and increase feelings of pleasure. This makes them effective for treating pain, but it is also what can easily lead to painkiller addiction. The decrease in pain and increase in dopamine can make users want to take more to continue feeling that way. Because of its potency and addictive qualities, opiate addiction has become a significant problem in the United States. There is also a high risk of overdose with painkillers, making them particularly dangerous.


Over time, when someone constantly abuses opiates, their body becomes accustomed to having the drug in their system. This means that when they stop using, they experience withdrawal symptoms as their body adjusts to no longer relying on the drug. Intense and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are one of the main reasons why individuals struggle with overcoming opiate addiction. They can be severe and painful, which is why a professional detox center is the best way to detox healthily and successfully.

Commonly Abused Opiates

Heroin is one of the most dangerous and well-known opiates. However, many commonly abused opiates can lead to struggles with addiction. Many opiate medications are prescribed to provide pain relief. When people follow their doctor’s instructions carefully, their risk of abuse and addiction lowers. However, addiction can happen to anyone, and there is always a risk with taking opiates.

Some of the most commonly abused opiates and opioids that lead to addiction are:

  • Oxycodone (OxyContin)
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Morphine
  • Hydromorphone
  • Codeine
  • Meperidine
  • Fentanyl

These are commonly prescribed medications for individuals with chronic pain or patients after surgery. When taken as prescribed, they are useful for providing pain relief, but there is a high risk of misuse and developing addiction. It is not uncommon for individuals struggling with heroin addiction to have first misused prescription opiates. While treatment for opiate addiction is not easy, we can help you or your loved one through detox and recovery.

Start the Journey with an Opiate Detox Program at California Center for Recovery

For those struggling with an addiction to opiates, detox can be a challenging and painful process. Finding a detox program will ensure you receive proper care and support to be successful. When clients complete detox, they can continue their recovery at our luxurious treatment facility. Below are some of the additional programs we offer to support clients in their healing and recovery:

  • Residential treatment
  • Luxury rehab
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Individual counseling
  • Holistic healing
  • 12-step recovery

Start the journey to a happier and healthier future today. Contact California Centers for Recovery at 877.328.5682 for more information about your treatment options.