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The first wave began in the 1990s with an increase in prescribing of opioids for pain relief.2 Many people were exposed to opioids for the first time and some developed an addiction.
The second wave began in the early 2010s with the rise in use of illicitly manufactured fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50–100 times more potent than morphine.3 It is often mixed with or sold as heroin, leading people to unknowingly take a much more potent drug than they anticipated. This has contributed to a dramatic increase in overdose deaths.
The third wave began in 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has exacerbated the opioid crisis in several ways. People with substance use disorders are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and of having severe illness if they do contract the virus. The pandemic has also led to increased stress and isolation, which can trigger substance use and relapse
The three waves of the opioid crisis have had a profound impact on individuals, families, and communities across the United States.
What many people do not realize is that these clinically approved pain relievers can make you dependent on them. Opiates are controlled medications that can only be legally obtained when prescribed by your doctor. This medication is monitored, given in very specific quantities and doses.
This medication releases Dopamine and Endorphins, telling your body it is in a pleasurable state. In some cases people are able to get off of the opiates on their own once their prescription is done. For others, it is not so simple to get off of the opiates, their body has developed a dependency on them.
Their body becomes tolerant to the effects of the opiates and they require more of it, just to get the same effects they did in the beginning. What was enough then, is not enough now.
Eventually, the more you take, at higher doses, it disrupts your natural brain chemistry. The user begins to crave more and more, leading to an Opiate Addiction. Addiction comes from the desire for the Euphoric effects from the drugs.
Common symptoms and signs of abuse include:
Common symptoms and signs of a substance abuse disorder include:
In order to be properly diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder, the person should be diagnosed by both a therapist and phycologist. The professionals will include a bio psych social and an assessment to determine wether someone has a SUD based on history and a number of other factors .
Substance use disorders often have overlapping risk factors. Common risk factors can contribute to both substance use or addiction.
For a person struggling with a substance abuse disorder, the risk factors include:
Withdrawal symptoms are definitely no walk in the park. Withdrawing from Opiates can be similar to the flu, but at a grander scale. Opiate Withdrawals can include physiological as well as psychological symptoms. The whole point of using opiates is to relieve pain.
As such, withdrawal symptoms from opiates are some of the most painful ones. Putting an immediate stop to the effects of opium in the body sends the body into spiraling withdrawal symptoms, bringing all that pain back.
To get the best results from treatment, opiate-addicted patients should be treated by a trained professional. Being properly diagnosed and treated correctly is a must when dealing with such a withdraw .
Our treatment programs focus on individualized care in order to treat each specific disorder. This program teaches individuals who struggle with any form of addiction how to live in sobriety. Therapy along with medication management helps with the process of treatment
At Solace Treatment in Whittier, California, we use these treatment modalities:
Solace Treatment Center is an outpatient program that can help people with dual diagnosis. We understand that each individual will have different needs and are prepared to come up with a customized treatment plan.
At Solace Treatment, we treat a wide range of mental health and substance use disorders. In addition to treating substance use disorder, we are also equipped to treat these mental health disorders: