Searching for a reputable drug addiction recovery hotline isn't as hard as you might think. We offer a toll-free hotline for those dealing with an addiction to opioids or opiates, and you can us at 1-888-319-2606 whether you want help for someone you care about or help for yourself. There is never a bad time to call, because we have counselors waiting by the phones every hour of the day, seven days a week.
What Is an Opioid?
"An opioid is a type of drug that patients use to help manage pain. It's important to note that some drugs that fall under this category, including heroin, aren't available with a doctor's prescription."An opioid is a type of drug that patients use to help manage pain. It's important to note that some drugs that fall under this category, including heroin, aren't available with a doctor's prescription, while other drugs, including codeine, require a prescription from your doctor. The main difference between an opioid and an opiate is that an opiate comes from a plant, while an opioid is a man-made drug. According to the Institute of Addiction Medicine, more than 32 million Americans have abused these drugs at least once in their lives, and nearly 2 million people have a dependence or addiction to one of these drugs.
Addiction and Dependence
Before calling an opioid or opiate recovery hotline, you feel you need to learn more about these drugs. You can call our helpline at any time at 1-888-319-2606; we'll be happy to give you more information on both opioids and opiates.
Drug dependence occurs when an individual takes one of these drugs for an extended period of time. The body develops a need for the drug, because the brain thinks the drug is needed to function properly. If you stop taking the drug, or you take a smaller amount of the drug, your body might exhibit some withdrawal symptoms. Family Doctor states that these symptoms can include the following:
- Stomach cramps
- Tremors or uncontrolled shaking
- Trouble sleeping
Those addicted to opioids or opiates can exhibit the same symptoms, but the person will also experience other problems. The person might visit multiple doctors to gain prescriptions for painkillers, experience troubles in their professional and personal life, and engage in risky behavior when taking the drug.
Choosing a Helpline
When you first decide to get help for yourself or someone else, you might not know how or where to start. Using a helpline is a good option for many people, because most hotlines are anonymous. Before you call the first number you see, keep a few factors in mind. You want a helpline that can offer recommendations, suggestions and referrals no matter where you live. You should also sure that the hotline has a confidentiality clause. The helpline counselor should agree not to share your name, phone number, address or any other information you give to anyone else who might call.
Taking the First Step
Calling an opioid addiction hotline is the first step you can take to get clean and sober. These helplines provide information on opioid and opiate addiction and can help you assess your particular situation. Each situation is unique, and each treatment plan should be customize to suit the individual's unique circumstances.
We can offer helpful information to you and answer any questions you have, so call us at 1-888-319-2606 today. The sooner you seek help for your addiction, the sooner you can move forward with your life without addiction hanging over your head. Call today to get the help you need.