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Opioid Addiction – Causes, Side Effects and Treatment Options

Opioid addiction is often the result of an untreated Opioid Use Disorder. Even short term use of opioid drugs can lead to dependence and addiction.

What is Opioid Addiction?

It is impossible to predict an individual’s vulnerability to the possibility of developing an addiction to opioid drugs. Addiction often starts with repetitive use of the substance to relieve emotional or physical pain. In a short amount of time, something that gave you relief and pleasure now feels like something that controls every part of your being. A constant and irresistible craving for a drug, despite the harm and negative consequences it may cause. Opioids are particularly a highly addictive substance, in large part because it activates the reward centers in the brain.


Opioid Dependence

Opioid dependence is a complex and multifaceted matter. It significantly affects your brain pathways and alters your reward center. Opioid dependence also affects a person’s emotional and social aspects and often their family members and friends, too. Thankfully, there are several ways to combat this issue.

Waismann Method® uses and develops the latest medical techniques available to treat opioid dependence. Board-certified medical doctors provide the professional care needed to provide effective opioid detoxification successfully. Whether you use prescription painkillersheroin, or methadone, we can help you get the treatment necessary to get you on the path to full recovery. Our team can assess each patient to determine the appropriate opioid detox treatment depending on the person’s unique physical and emotional needs, opiate type, and degree of use and dosage.

Since our inception, we have been at the forefront of detox science. Waismann Detox™ team has successfully helped thousands of individuals safely and healthily recover from opiate dependence, which helps people avoid the adverse effects that often result from opiate addiction.

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Opioid Use Disorder

The Difference Between Opioid Addiction, Opioid Dependence, and Opioid Tolerance?

Opioid Use Disorder is a problematic condition leading to several different physiological changes. Some of these changes include opioid tolerance, opioid dependence, and opioid addiction. Although these conditions might seem similar, they clinically have significant differences:

  • Tolerance is when someone continuously takes a higher dose of an opiate to achieve the same effects as they did initially with lower doses. Furthermore, tolerance is a chemical response that describes a reduced impact on the drug following continuous use; consequently, people tend to increase the dosage, which further accelerates the tolerance.
  • Dependence is a physiological disorder caused by a dysregulation of brain chemicals. This dysregulation leads the individual to continue drug use to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
  • Opioid addiction is a compulsive and almost uncontrollable need to use opioid drugs despite the negative consequences. Although NIH (National Library of Medicine) calls opioid addiction chronic, it is a reversible and treatable condition. Opioid addiction often leads people to ignore primary responsibilities, such as commitment to work, friends, and family. Also, if the drug use disorder is intense, individuals might ignore essential functions to maintain proper health or even personal wellness.


Because opioid drugs change the chemistry of the brain, its use directly affects behavior and decision making. Individuals affected by this condition often damage meaningful professional and personal relationships. The harmful consequences of untreated opioid addiction are uncountable.


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Opioid – a Means to the “End”

Opioid Addiction: Self-Medicating Emotional Pain

There are many different reasons why people start using opioids. Regardless of how it starts, this type of drug has tremendous capabilities for masking emotional distress. People suffering from trauma, depression, and anxiety become the perfect victims of opioid addiction claws.

Opioid addiction slowly takes everything you have, including your life. Opioids affect decision-making abilities. Continued opioid use changes the structure and function of your brain, causing issues such as

  • Ability to control behaviors
  • Memory impairment
  • Reduces decision-making skills
  • Emotional roller-coaster
  • Lack of ability to plan and maintain goals

Opioid User Disorder (OUD)

A Medical Condition Defined by Not Being Able to Abstain From Opioid Use

Although OUD is often mistakenly understood as a character flaw, it is, in fact, a medical and treatable condition. Integrated programs offering medical detox, emotional evaluation and recovery planning have higher success rates than long term rehabs. EFFECTIVE DRUG TREATMENT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE LENGTHY NOR IN A GROUP SETTING.

  • Ability to control behaviors
  • Memory impairment
  • Reduces decision-making skills
  • Emotional roller-coaster
  • Lack of ability to plan and maintain goals

Three Major Components

  • DNA
  • Mental health
  • Physical health
  • Dependency history

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  • Ability to control behaviors
  • Memory impairment
  • Reduces decision-making skills
  • Emotional roller-coaster
  • Lack of ability to plan and maintain goals

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Waismann Treatment™ for Opioid Addiction

Waismann Treatment specializes in medical detox treatments for substance dependence and abuse, mainly opioids and alcohol. Our approach to medical detox utilizes the most advanced medical techniques available for treating opioid use disorder. The treatment program provides care for patients by focusing on the individual and their particular physiological needs. The Waismann Method protocols rely on an in-depth understanding of each human being. Combining our medical detox expertise with our overall knowledge of a person’s unique health characteristics allows for a more successful treatment to reverse opioid physical dependence.

When treating patients from opioid addiction, we choose to follow science instead of harmful approaches based on stigma.

For over 21 years, Waismann Method® has been the leading provider of rapid detox, also known as anesthesia-assisted detoxification or accelerated opioid detox. Thousands of patients worldwide have succeeded in overcoming opioid abuse through treatment at Waismann Method, located in Southern California.

Rapid opiate detox treatment can be highly effective in helping people overcome opioid dependence. The Waismann Detox Under Anesthesia must be conducted responsibly in an adequate medical facility. Additionally, inpatient supportive recovery for a few days should follow anesthesia-assisted detox. These requirements form the basis of a quality rapid detox program. Waismann Method enhances its program with individualized detox treatment plans and one-on-one care for every patient.

At Waismann Method®, we believe that people suffering from opioid addiction deserve the best treatment available, and we are here to provide just that. Our goal is to offer the most effective and humane program to reverse opioid dependence before the harmful effects of addiction adversely affect people’s quality of life. Learn more about our different methods of treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction.

Medical Opioid Treatment Specialists

Our medical director is Dr. Michael Lowenstein, M.D., who has provided the Waismann Method® of medical opioid detoxification and rapid detox to patients for over 21 years. Waismann Method® has been among the leading opiate detoxification and rapid detox centers in the U.S. for many years. Our commitment to providing superior results and excellent care is just as strong today as when we were founded in 1998.

We are committed to providing patients with the safest, most comfortable opioid detoxification available. Dr. Lowenstein is recognized and respected nationally and internationally as an expert in opioid dependence and rapid detox treatment. He is also a quadruple board-certified physician with specializations in addiction, pain management, and anesthesia.

Waismann Method® offers medically assisted opioid detoxification and rapid detox treatment in a full-service, JCAHO-accredited hospital in Southern California. Dr. Lowenstein leads a team of healthcare professionals to provide the highest level of care. Together, they provide treatment to patients in a humane, dignified, and effective manner.

Above all, we are committed to helping you heal and reach lasting recovery. Since our inception, we have been at the forefront of medical opioid detox treatment while providing patients with the latest and most successful detox protocols available. We provide patients with advanced medical protocols to treat opioid use disorder. Learn more about our opiate detox center today.

Waismann Method® offers a safe and effective solution for people suffering from opioid addiction and dependence.

“Shame and judgment have no place in the treatment of substance abuse. Instead, let’s provide compassion, respect, and science.” — C. Waismann, founder and CAODC

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