Prescription Opiates, The Villa Treatment Center

Prescription Opiates

Prescription opiates are among the most addictive substances in the United States. Millions of opioid pain medication prescriptions are written every year for people with moderate to severe pain. Frequently, the prescribed dose is more than necessary to relieve the pain, which causes patients to develop an addiction. Over time, the tolerance gained from taking prescriptions to relieve pain creates a substance use disorder. It is suggested that prescription opiate misuse is just one factor that can lead to addiction, heroin use, and a fatal overdose.

Prescription opioids and the illegal drug heroin are chemically similar. Both illicit drugs interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. Unlike heroin, opioid pain relievers are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, but they can easily be misused because they produce euphoria and pain relief.

The Department of Justice released the following statistic:

  • 3,900 people will use a prescription opioid outside of legitimate medical purposes and supervision. These prescription drugs are often someone else’s prescriptions obtained through theft or fraud.

For more information on addiction to prescription opiates, its effects, and how to seek treatment, contact The Villa Treatment Center


What Are Prescription Opiates?

Addiction Center defines opiates as “controlled prescription substances that are derived from Opium, which is a chemical that occurs naturally” in the opium poppy plant. Some prescription opioids are made from the opium poppy plant directly. Another opioid medication is made by scientists in labs mimicking the chemical structure. Prescription opioids are used for chronic pain as the chemicals found in opioid drugs relax the body. In addition, some opioid prescriptions have been written for excessive coughing or diarrhea.

The feeling opioid drugs produce is a very relaxed feeling and the “high.” The “high” and slowed breathing is highly addictive in opioids. The effects can be dangerous because individuals who are prescribed opioids then start taking them for non-medical reasons, which has harmful consequences. The individuals who abuse opioids gain tolerance and could overdose. Overdose deaths are common. The National Institute of Drug Abuse states that heroin use is the world’s most dangerous drug and is never used as a medicine in the United States and opioid painkillers often lead to heroin use.

Addiction treatment services are there to help the opioid withdrawal process and individuals’ drug use.

Prescription Opioids vs. Opiates 

There is a difference between opioids and opiates, and they are commonly interchangeable because of their same effects. 

  • Opiates 
    • Opiates are drugs prescribed by doctors. Opiates are drugs naturally found in opium seeds and plants. This drug is used to treat mild or severe pain in a patient. Common opiates include Morphine and Codeine. Both have incredibly tranquilizing effects. 
  • Opioids
    • Opioids are very dangerous to people who are predisposed to addiction. Opioids are synthetically manufactured substances that copy the natural effects of Opium. Some opioids are entirely synthetic, and some are partially synthetic. The National Institute of Drug Abuse says there were 500,000 deaths in 2018 due to drug overdoses.

Both Opioids and Opiates work by activating opioid receptors in the brain and depressing the central nervous system. When prescription opioids activate the receptors, they release the feel-good, “high” feeling caused by chemicals known as endorphins. The release of endorphins is what leads to opioid addiction.

Opioid medications can be derived from a natural source or chemically made in a lab. Either way, individuals should be aware of prescription pain relievers to avoid negative consequences and prevent addiction. Always discuss medicinal risks with your doctor, especially if you or a loved one has a history of addiction. If you believe you or a family member is already suffering from addiction, go on our drug abuse website to find resources or contact The Villa Treatment Center directly for immediate assistance.

Contact our mental health services administration located in Santa Monica Hills. We can help end your opioid abuse cycle.

Prescription Opiates, The Villa Treatment Center

Types of Opioid Medications  

There are two types of prescription opioids, antagonists and agonists. 

  • Antagonists are considered to be less addictive and used to help the first part of the addiction treatment detox process. These drugs include
    • Naltrexone
    • Naloxone
  • Agonists respond the same as naturally-occurring endorphins in the body. Agonists include drugs like:
    • Morphine
    • Fentanyl
    • Hydrocodone
    • Oxycodone
    • Heroin
    • Buprenorphine 

Many agonists have a high potential for abuse and addiction. The ten most common opioid medications are:

  • Codeine
  • Dilaudid
  • Fentanyl
  • Percocet
  • Oxycodone
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Demerol
  • Darvon
  • Vicodin

Review your current medication and disclose any past or current drug use with your doctor when discussing whether an opioid prescription or opioid medicine is right for you. Opioids should be taken as directed, and the frequent doses should be the right milligram and only taken when needed to avoid addiction. Be conscientious of any personal or family history of drug abuse because it can increase the risk of becoming addicted to opioids. When discussing prescription medications with your doctor, discuss non-opioid medicine and alternative treatments. 

The Justice Department asserts that at least 78 people will die from an opioid-related overdose on an average day. According to public health reports from the field, recent year overdose death statistics far outnumber the 78-deaths-per-day statistics from previous years. The FDA is working toward a resolution to the opioid crisis affecting families. Over the last decade, opioid use has risen astronomically. Public servants, law enforcement, public health officials, and primary doctors have partnered with educators, treatment professionals, and non-profit organizations to bring awareness and develop strategies and solutions to curb the opioid crisis within your community.

Are you suffering from prescription opioid misuse? Call The Villa Treatment Center at 1-818-639-7160 to receive treatment for opioid abuse.

Prescription Opiate Rehab is available at The Villa Treatment Center. We know that prescription drug addiction treatment requires more than medical treatment. Whether you or a loved one chooses inpatient or outpatient treatment, we can assist with withdrawal symptoms. Our treatment centers at The Villa Treatment Center provide a luxury substance abuse treatment that provides both mental health services and physical health services.