Whether it was legally prescribed to you or not, opiates are highly addictive and can easily ruin your life before you know it. If you are struggling with opiate use, Transformations Care is here to help, but first let’s start with the basics — why are opiates so addictive and how long do they stay in your system?
What Are Opiates?
Opiates are made from the opium poppy plant. They are classified as a Schedule II narcotic drug, which means it has a high risk of abuse and addiction. Is there a difference between opioids and opiates? Yes! Even though the term is used interchangeably, there are important differences between opioids and opiates. Opiates are not mixed with synthetic chemicals, while opioids are a combination of a synthetic and pure opium substance. Examples of opiates include morphine and codeine, while examples of opioids include oxycodone and hydrocodone.
What Do Opiates Do To The Body?
Opiates bind to the brain’s opioid receptors blocking the brain’s pain signals. Opiates are highly addictive because they cause a sense of euphoria, but sooner than later, your life will be over-run by your dependency on them. The amount of time opiates take to leave your system is often misjudged, causing people to take too much medication within a time frame and unfortunately overdose. This is the danger of opiate addiction. After using them a lot, your body will begin to have serious withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking opiates. To kick opiates for good, you first need to detox your body. Depending on the substance you’ve used and abused, detox can be a long, painful, sweaty process. Detox doesn’t have to sound good. It just has to be doable. At Transformations Care, you don’t have to do it on your own. Just give us a call today at 424.339.0965.
How Long Do Opiates Stay In Your System?
To leave the body, opiates take different amounts of time for different people. Some factors that are involved are:
- Dependency on opiates
- Underlying medical conditions
- Liver and kidney function
Some drugs have a shorter duration than others do. For example:
- Hydrocodone stays in the urine for 2-4 days and in the saliva for 12-36 hours
- Codeine stays in the urine for 48 hours and in the saliva for 21 hours
- Oxycodone stays in the urine for 1-4 days and in the saliva for up to 2 days
- Morphine stays in the urine for up to 3 days and in the saliva for 12 hours
Opiate Addiction Treatment
If you are dealing with withdrawal from opiates, it’s important seek a medical professional’s help. Detoxing should NOT be done at home and can have fatal results. At Transformations Care, our medical team will manage your withdrawal symptoms every step of the way, using the latest techniques and tactics to get you through safely. They can even prescribe medications to help make the process less painful.
(Some of us have even successfully kicked drugs ourselves, so we know how the whole thing works.)
After detox, we’ll set you to begin working on the underlying reasons why you abuse drugs and/or alcohol. We offer:
- Residential Addiction Treatment
- PHP (Partial Hospitalization Program)
- IOP (Intensive Outpatient Program)
- OP (Outpatient Program)
Stop letting your addiction rule your life and get clean and sober for good. If you don’t do it for yourself, do it for your loved ones who don’t want to see your life taken by opiates. Call us at 424.339.0965 and we’ll help you transform your life for the better.
Getting Clean & Sober at Home
Today, more than 75% of hospitals and healthcare providers offer access to telehealth treatment, with 29 states having gone so far as to enact telehealth parity laws, which force insurance companies to reimburse patients for telehealth at the same rates as they would for in-person treatment.
If you’ve been thinking about getting clean and sober, or if you’ve been wanting to work on and strengthen the recovery you already have, it’s never been easier to do it through telehealth.