Opiate Addiction

Steps Recovery Center recognizes how vital the mind, body, and spirit are in their connection to the whole person. We take a holistic approach to treating those with opiate drug addiction and relatable disorders that may contribute to their substance abuse; this includes treating the whole person, and find that it tends to be more successful, especially since addiction affects every aspect of a person’s life. With a customized and individualized program, a holistic approach just makes sense. It affords an opportunity to meet the patient’s physical and psychological needs and allows them to engage physically, emotionally, and mentally

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Classes of opiates

It is a multi-faceted challenge

Opiates make up three classes, including morphine, opioids, and synthetic compounds. Morphine is a naturally occurring derivative of opium. Opioids are partial synthetic derivatives of morphine, which include oxycodone, hydrocodone, and oxymorphone, and synthetic compounds include fentanyl, alfentanil, levorphanol, Meperidine, methadone, codeine, and Propoxyphene.

These types of opiates carry with it a high incidence of tolerance and addiction. They are medications derived from codeine, morphine, hydrocodone, or oxycodone. The number one cause of accidental and preventable drug abuse in many parts of the country is prescription drug abuse containing opiate derivatives. The dangers of opiates are that they slow down the respiratory system, which could stop breathing and cause death in increasing amounts.

To produce the same effects, an opiate user must take more of the drug at higher doses, thus developing a tolerance to the drug. The brain’s nerve cells naturally produce opiates called endorphins, our natural painkillers. It’s when a person takes a drug for too long and at higher doses that the nerve cells can no longer produce natural opiates. Once the drug is stopped, the addict will begin the withdrawal process. It’s at this time that a recovery center can be beneficial in overcoming the addiction.


Heroin is an illicit drug that penetrates the brain quicker than any other opiate, which is usually why addicts often prefer it over other opioids. Heroin is a powder that people sniff and then continue injecting it, which gives the most intense and rapid sense of euphoria that happens within 5-8 seconds. Someone who abuses heroin may inject the drug up to four times per day. When the drug enters the bloodstream, a slow onset of pleasure or euphoria sets in. When sniffed or smoked, it takes about fifteen minutes to reach the peak of euphoria.

Street-level heroin is diluted or cut with similar powders (frequently glucose); it can also be cut with talcum powder, caffeine, and flour, thus increasing the risk of danger to the user. Heroin is sold as a white or brownish powder, or what’s known on the street as “black tar heroin” for its black, sticky substance.

Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

When an individual stops opiates, they begin the various withdrawal symptoms, depending on which opiate is used and the length with which it was used. In about 48 hours, physical dependence occurs and lasts upwards of 10 days after stopping the drug abruptly. These symptoms include:

To minimize these effects, doctors may prescribe methadone for addicts. They may also use Suboxone and Subutex, which are sometimes used to treat opiate dependence and addiction.

Opiate withdrawal can take a while, so addicts need to learn better ways of coping with life’s challenges when they arise rather than being reliant on drugs. When an individual has support and professional help, they increase their chances for a successful recovery from opiate use.

Addiction Recovery

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol addiction, also known as alcoholism, is a disorder that can impact people from all walks of life.

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a white, powdery substance that is derived from the coca plant, which is native to South America.

Crack Addiction

Crack cocaine is a rough, mineral-like substance with an off-white color. This substance is created by mixing baking soda or ammonia into the powder form of cocaine.

Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana comes from the cannabis plant and is a psychoactive (mind-altering) drug that slows down your response and gives you a calm “high” that borders on euphoric.

Drug Addiction​

Drug addiction is a chronic disease characterized by compulsive drug use that’s difficult to control.

Heroin Addiction

Heroin is a powerful opiate that can rewire the brain’s reward system. This drug is an addictive painkiller synthesized from morphine, which comes from poppy plant seeds.

Hydrocodone Addiction

Hydrocodone is a powerful class of opiate pain relievers that goes by brand names Vicodin, Norco, and Lortab. It combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen. 

Xanax Addiction

Xanax is a potent benzodiazepine that mental health professionals and doctors prescribe for anxiety, namely generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and insomnia.

Heroin Addiction

Heroin is a powerful opiate that can rewire the brain’s reward system. This drug is an addictive painkiller synthesized from morphine, which comes from poppy plant seeds.

Drug Addiction

People who depend on prescription drugs have a psychological need or craving for the medication that, in return, causes adverse effects. 

Vicodin Addiction

Vicodin is a class of opiates prescribed for pain. It works by changing your perception of pain and the emotional response to it.

Drug Addiction Treatment

There are effective treatments for addiction, but the first step on the road to recovery is to recognize there is a problem. Sometimes, when a person denies they have a problem, families and concerned friends may stage an intervention for prompt treatment—particularly if the addicted person is harming themselves or others. It’s important to get a physician’s assessment and diagnosis, then a treatment plan can be formulated, whether that means outpatient rehab, inpatient, or at-home treatment.

Rehabilitation often includes medications used to control drug cravings and therapy that can help addicted individuals understand their motivations and behavior, develop better self-esteem, cope with anxiety and stress, and address other mental problems.


Steps Recovery Center realizes the importance of maintaining a safe and effective environment for our clients and staff. As such, we are actively following all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines. The additional measures we take at Steps Recovery Centers include implementing the following protocols: admissions screening and testing, coronavirus infection control plans, providing education to clients and staff, and daily, effective screening of all employees and clients for Coronavirus symptoms. To ensure we protect and promote the health and wellbeing of our staff and clients, we will continue to monitor any developing updates to COVID-19, including exposure statistics in the community and guidelines provided by the Utah Department of Public Health.