Opiate Dependency

Written by Michael Federico
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Opiate dependency includes the abuse of many legal and illegal drugs. As doctors administer more opiate derivative painkillers, such as Percoset, Percodan, and Oxycontin, opiate dependency continues to rise in the United States. The disease has shown no prejudice, affecting Americans from all walks of life.

When taken orally, injected, or smoked, opiates travel through the bloodstream and travel to the opiate receptors in the brain. The drug moves quickly, causing a rush that hits fast, but often lasts a long time. Opiates produce a euphoric and aid in pain relief, but they also slow down a user's rate of breath. In the case of some opiates, such as Heroin, a user's breathing can completely shut down..

Treatment for Opiate Dependency

Due to the intense physical and mental impact opiate addiction has on a user, many therapies have low success rates in wiping out the disease. Psychological (group or individual) therapy is often combined with medicinal treatment that is geared towards easing the pain of withdrawal. But many times, it is the physical addiction to the drug that outlasts treatment.

Accelerated Neuro-Regulation (ANR) is a rapid drug treatment that attempts to attack physical addiction at the body's opiate receptors. During ANR, receptors are rid of the drug while the patient is under anesthesia. After waking, the patient's body and brain are free of the opiate. Also, the suffering and fear that usually accompany withdrawal have passed. Upon release from the clinic, patients will undergo an After Care process that can last up to a year. ANR and rapid detox therapies, such as The Waismann Method, that utilize the process generally report higher success rates in treating opiate dependency than clinics that employ more standard methods.

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