Opiate Addiction is a devastating epidemic in the United States.  The recovery rate is dangerouly low.  I have worked with individuals addicted to opiates for over ten years.  A dangerous assumption is that opiate addicts are just weak street people with nothing to lose.  My clients have ranged from the 20 year old college student to the PhD Psychologist.  It is NOT they they set out to become addicted.  It is NOT that they have not tried time and again to quit 'cold turkey'.  It is NOT that they haven't tried opiate replacement therapies (methadone or Suboxone).  It IS that they have not received the correct combination of therapies to help assure permanent success.  I can facilitate a successful combination of therapies based upon a correct and thorough Assessment.

Opiate addiction is a dangerous and potentially deadly condition that requires long term treatment and care in order to promote recovery. It is recognized as a brain disorder that is caused by the use of opiate based drugs such as Oxycontin, morphine, oxycodone, opium, heroin and others.
Over time, people become physically dependent on these drugs as the body becomes accustomed to their presence. Opiate addiction can happen to anyone, whether you are taking the drugs because you are prescribed or if you are illegally abusing them.
What is Opiate Addiction?

Prolonged use of opiates can lead to nerve damage within the brain that causes cells to stop producing their own opiates (natural painkillers known as endorphins). This can lead to an inability for the body to stop pain because there are no endorphins to mask the pain initially. The degeneration of the nerve cells that reduce pain can lead to a physical dependence on opiates as an external supply source. This leads to what is known as opiate addiction.

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