Opioid Addiction and Dependence
Published on:
March 1st, 2010

Opioid addiction and opioid dependence combined, can describe a disorder characterized by the compulsive use of opioid drugs in spite of consequences. Opioid addiction is increasingly becoming a problem as they’ve become relatively easy to obtain through prescriptions and illegal means. Most people become addicted to their prescription medication through no fault of their own. Regular use can lead to tolerance, which means the drug’s effects are diminished and instead of talking to a doctor about alternatives, many people escalate use to achieve similar effects.

Opioids are narcotic drugs that have morphine-like properties. They’re most often prescribed for pain relief but can also provide cough suppression. Heroin, an illegal street drug, is included in this class of drugs. Commonly prescribed opioids include codeine, morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and buprenorphine.

Opioids, which produce feelings of intense euphoria, are used for recreational reason by some  and prone to abuse and misuse. Most people who develop prescription painkiller addiction are “accidental addicts,” meaning their legitimate use of opioids including OxyContin , Demerol and Percocet becomes problematic over a period of time. Opioid addiction and dependence can be treated safely, effectively and with compassion.


Withdrawal Symptoms

Waismann Method has spent almost two decades providing opioid detox for patients who are looking for a safe, quick and comfortable way to be free of their dependence. The use of opioid painkillers can lead to tolerance, addiction, withdrawal symptoms, overdose and death. It’s important to take potentially habit-forming medications exactly as prescribed to avoid these risks. Signs of opioid addiction are unmistakable.

The biggest sign that a physical addiction has developed is when withdrawal symptoms set in once use is stopped. Opioid withdrawal can be intense and can cause life-threatening reactions such as seizures if not properly monitored by medical professionals. Withdrawal can make patients very sick with symptoms such as: tremors, hallucinations, aches and pains, altered body temperature, agitation, anxiety, tearing, restless legs, runny nose, diarrhea, sneezing, cramping,nausea, vomiting and much more. Continuing use of opioids despite negative consequences can mean an addiction has or will soon develop.

Other signs include a preoccupation with obtaining and consuming the drug, escalating and chronic use and strong cravings that don’t subside unless you take the drug.


Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction and dependence is a condition that results from changes in the brain due to prolonged opioid use.  Once an opioid addiction has developed, escaping the cycle of cravings and relapse is typically a arduous process that not many people can overcome on their own. Fortunately the Waismann Method’s medical detox has effectively helped thousands of patients through out the detoxification period, in the most comfortable and private manner.

Patients from all over the world fly into our Accredited Hospital, located Exclusively in So. California. Patients are admitted to their private rooms, where we individually concentrate on one individual at a time to ensure the safest and highest quality care. Our quadruple board certified medical director will assess the patients and design the proper detoxification plan based on their unique medical and dependence needs.

The Waismann Method®, has been recognized as one of the premier opioid addiction treatment center in the world. Located only in Southern California, Waismann treatment offers a variety of hospital based inpatient procedures and programs, from anesthesia assisted rapid opiate detox, to modified medical opiate detoxification methods in conjunction with our exclusive post care facility, Domus Retreat Recovery Center.

Our total required stay is usually 4 to 10 days, including hospital and exclusive recovery center. Our patients receive around the clock professional care pre detox, during and after. The goal of the Waismann Treatment team member is to compassionately and professionally provide the most effective and compassionate treatment experience. Our patients achieve an extraordinarily high success rate and tour team always put compassionate care and responsible medicine, over blame and punishment.


We have concentrated all our efforts in one single location where we were able to put together extensive resources, including: top qualified professionals, an accredited independent hospital, and a licensed exclusive recovery center. We offer our patients unsurpassed safety protocols, professional excellence, comprehensive and individualized treatment plans.  We are here to help seven days a week. To receive more information about the Waismann Method advanced opioid addiction treatment options, please call us today at 1-310-205-0808.

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