Opiates, which include prescription pain medication and heroin, produce a euphoric effect by creating chemical changes in the limbic or pleasure center of the brain.  Prescription pain medication and heroin use blocks the brain’s ability to perceive pain. Over time the addict will go to any lengths to get the drug regardless of the consequences facing them. Opiate use hijacks the brain’s ability to make rational decisions – gravely impacting what is referred to as the “stop and go” system of the brain. Once the opiate is introduced into the body of an addict, it sets off the chemical chain of events where the feeling produced by the drug and the seeking of more of that feeling override the user’s ability to stop.
Most opiate addictions start with casual or social use. For some, using opiates becomes a habit and its use becomes more and more frequent. As time passes, they may need larger doses of opiates to get high. Soon they may need opiates just to feel normal. As their drug use increases, they may find that it becomes increasingly difficult to go without the drug. Often, for those abusing prescription pain medication there will come a time when the doctor will not write more prescriptions, or they will get caught getting prescriptions from multiple doctors, their dealer will run out of product, or get busted. Sooner or later the prescription pain pill user will not be able to get their “drug of choice” and they will be introduced to the low cost alternative, Heroin. They may start by smoking it, then gradually graduate to snorting and injecting it.

Signs of heroin use can be some of the following:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Dental issues
  • Sudden changes in behavior or actions
  • “Nodding out”- sleeping suddenly or more than usual
  • Valuable items missing from home
  • Distancing self from family and friends
  • Loss of interest in normal regular activities
  • Borrowing or stealing money
  • Sores or abscesses on arms or legs
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of employment
  • Loss of marriage or relationships
  • Poor hygiene

If you are addicted to opiates, there is a way out at 10 Acre Ranch. Our comprehensive program of recovery can help the addict help themselves live a life free from opiate use for one day at a time. Opiate abuse can lead to an all-consuming, overwhelming, spirit taking, and soul destroying life of pain and loneliness. Opiate addiction has but one purpose, and that is to take the life of the user. It is so powerful that thinking of not using can seem unimaginable, impossible to any addict. At 10 Acre Ranch we start by helping the addict take the first steps as you would at the beginning of any journey. One day at a time is the first step. It is not such an overwhelming task, to just not use for today. With counseling, peer support, group therapy, a healthy diet and exercise the addict will have put together a bunch of one days at a time and look back and be amazed at their results. Of course, before any treatment can be initiated a Medical Doctor will have to evaluate the client for a detox program if necessary.  There is a way out through opiate addiction treatment in Riverside, California – please give us a call.