Opioid Dependence

Malibu Recovery Center understands the challenges presented with the depression and lingering anxiety brought about by opioid dependence. Our staff members are trained and available to our residents to address post-detox symptoms of dependence on Oxycodone, Codeine, Propoxyphene, Morphine, Hydrocodone, Meperidine, and Fentanyl.

Malibu Recovery Center introduces compassionate care in a healing environment. Services include:

• Detox and / or medication management
• Residential Treatment
• Day Treatment
• Parent and Teen Outpatient Services
• Adult Outpatient Services
• Alumni / Aftercare

Certain drugs commonly prescribed for pain may lead to physical dependence in some people—even when they have been taken properly. These drugs, along with heroin, are known as opioids.

Examples of Opioid Painkillers That Can Lead to Dependence
• Oxycodone
• Codeine
• Propoxyphene
• Morphine
• Hydrocodone
• Meperidine
• Fentanyl

The condition called “opioid dependence” is more complicated than just being physically dependent. Opioid dependence is actually a disease with physical and behavioral traits.

Opioids are drugs with opium derivitives, which means they reduce pain, cause relaxation or sleepiness, and carry an addictive potential. Opioids can be derived from opiates or can be chemically related to opiates or opium, and include some prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. Buprenorphine, methadone, and heroin are opioids. Opioids include some prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. Buprenorphine, methadone, and heroin are also opioids.

Prescription drugs that contain opioids trigger the brain’s reward system to make people feel good and want to keep taking more of the drug. This occurs even though the person is not even aware of it. Repeated use of prescription painkillers or heroin can cause physical changes in the brain. After long-term use, these changes continue even after a person has stopped using the drug.

The average person doesn’t attempt to become opioid dependent. Sometimes drug dependence can run in families. A person’s genetic makeup can affect how the body processes a drug. It can also determine the drug’s effect. These individual differences can make some people more likely to become opioid dependent.
It can take up to two months for the brain’s opioid receptors to return to their normal efficacy to endogenous opioids, meaning depression and anxiety can linger for this time period. Opioid use usually leaves no permanent damage to the brain or the opioid receptors.