What are opioids?

Opioids and/or opiates are any drugs that are derived from the Poppy plant. Opioid and opiates act by binding to receptors within neurons found in the brain. When one starts opioid substance use, these receptors become responsible for things such as regulating body temperature and the body’s response to stress and pain. By binding to those receptors, opioids affect the way that a person’s body will respond to different stimulus, especially pain. Opioid drugs can also have a dramatic effect on things like mood and digestion that can be lethal, as opioid receptors play a huge role in those body functions as well.

If you or a loved one are struggling with opioid addiction, know that you are not alone. There is help available. Our substance use and mental health experts can provide you with the tools and support you need to overcome substance use and lead a healthy, fulfilling life.

What is the difference between opiates and opioids?

Heroin and opium are considered opiates because they are derived from a poppy plant. An opioid is more of a “blanket term” for any type of painkiller including synthetic drugs such as OxyContin. All opiates and opioids work on the same part of the brain, including the cerebral cortex and thalamus, that affects pain. The term “opioid” refers to any drug that acts as a painkiller by binding to opioid receptors. Therefore, every opiate such as heroin, morphine, codeine, etc is considered an opioid. However, a synthetic opioid like Roxicodone is not officially considered an opiate, although it is created with opiates.

In terms of differences between opioids and opiates, they are almost identical. However, opioids are more commonly prescription medications, while opiates are widely synthesized and are often used in combination with other drugs. The most common of the opiates being heroin. Substance abusers beware, if it is coming off the street, you never know what you are going to get! Street dealers are very quick to cut up drugs such as heroin, cocaine, meth, flakka, etc. with fentanyl, carfentanyl, baking soda, sugar, MSM, numbing agents, talcum powder, or even rat poison! Even more so today, with the impact that the internet is having on the drug market.

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A Multifaceted Approach to Residential Addiction Treatment for Men

To improve your chance of recovery, our men’s rehab program focuses on three major factors of the treatment: your mind, body, and spirit. As one or more of the areas become unbalanced, they can directly contribute directly to your substance use disorder.

All of the care providers at our substance use treatment and mental health facility are experts in their field and utilize specialized treatment programs for each individual. By developing an individualized approach for each of our guests, we can successfully break old habits and work to promote new and healthy ones.

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Substance use disorder starts in the mind. Daily services are provided to guests in the men’s rehab program to help restore proper cognitive thinking and processing. Healing is fostered by experienced clinicians through group therapy and individual therapy sessions using the latest advances in research in the mental health field.

The professionals at Serenity Springs realize that drinking and illicit drug use is only a symptom of mental health disorders and not the root cause. The goal is to have guests leave the program with an understanding of their disease and with a mental clarity that they could have never imagined before beginning substance abuse treatment.

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Drug and alcohol addiction destroys the body. Serenity Springs’ treatment options help heal the body through proper nutrition, exercise, and supplementation. Those who enter the men’s rehab program begin healing on day one of the treatment.

Delicious meals are designed by a nutritionist and prepared by a professional chef. Additionally, guests at our Florida addiction treatment center will have access to healthy snacks 24 hours a day. guests leave Serenity Springs with their bodies feeling completely rejuvenated.

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Our alcohol and drug treatment program focuses on healing broken spirits and is one of the best male rehabilitation centers in Florida. Beginning with daily meditation, guests work every day, both individually and in support group sessions on reducing selfishness, gaining discipline, and changing their perspective on life.

Guests work through the 12-steps with experienced staff members who have recovered from addiction themselves by going through the same process. By being given the framework to produce a vital spiritual experience, guests leave our substance abuse treatment program with newfound freedom and happiness they never thought possible.

How does a person die from using opioids?

Small contracted pupils, unconsciousness, and respiratory depression are all symptoms of an opioid overdose in men and women. Respiratory depression is when a person begins to take low and shallow breaths. The danger is when that breathing stops all together.  When the breathing stops is when a person can die from the overdose.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse there were 17,029 prescription opioid deaths in 2017, coming out slightly ahead of deaths from Heroin the same year (15,482). The synthetic opioid Fentanyl has become known as the deadliest of all opiates in recent years. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 130 Americans who are addicted to opioids die every day from a combination of prescription opioid and street opiates.

Opioid Addiction Treatment Center in Florida

If you or a loved one are struggling with opioid addiction, it is important to seek treatment programs as soon as possible. At our opioid addiction treatment center exclusively for men, we offer comprehensive care that is tailored to men’s unique needs. We understand the challenges that men are facing and we are here to help every step of the way.

Our team of experts will work with you to create a personalized opioid addiction treatment program that heals the mind, body and spirit. Our substance use and mental health treatment facility have all the equipment and resources you need to succeed in recovery. If you are ready to take the first step on your journey to recovery, contact our opioid addiction treatment center today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Going to rehab can seem daunting for many people, especially when the realization of your addiction unveils itself. Although this can seem like a complicated process, we’ve put together a few common questions and answers to help ease your mind and prepare you for the road ahead.

Rehabilitation is not just a place where you fight your addiction. At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, our men’s addiction treatment center is designed to help you fight your addiction once and for all while healing your body, mind, and spirit.

Fighting your addiction alone can be isolating and more challenging. However, along the journey, we help provide you with services that will help you rebuild your body, mind, and spirit for ultimate success. When you have a strong peer support system such as the one that we offer in our men’s residential facility, you are better able to lead a sober lifestyle.

Many people often ask, “how can I prepare for rehabilitation?” Knowing what to expect when you enter into our treatment programs can better help you begin your journey to recovery on the right foot. Although it can be overwhelming to enter a new chapter in your life, ultimately, it is for the best, and we are here to support you through it.

Before entering into our treatment programs, our admission coordinators will give you an over-the-phone evaluation. During this call, you’ll be able to get answers to any questions or concerns that you may have. You will also be given a detailed outline of your individualized treatment plan, which is created based on your evaluation. This process helps to make you aware of what will be taking place throughout the program. It’s also a great time to ask any unanswered questions regarding our policies and overall recovery process.

The main concern for many people when entering into our men’s rehab center is how long the program is. It can create more anxiety when you are faced with the reality that you will be away from family, friends, work, and other responsibilities for an extended period. Our residential gender-specific men’s in-patient program is designed to help you fully immerse yourself in the recovery journey. This program can last anywhere from 30-90 days.

While the average drug and alcohol addiction rehab program can take anywhere from a month to a year – or even longer in some cases – it’s crucial to know what factors determine the length of your stay. A phone evaluation will help our staff members gain more information about the severity of your addiction. This will help us create an individualized treatment plan and course of action that will best suit your needs throughout the program.

Fighting your drug and alcohol addiction involves more than a therapy session and discussing past trauma. At Serenity Springs Recovery Center, we believe in treating our guests as a whole to help heal the mind, body, and spirit for optimal recovery. This holistic approach to treatment and care utilizes many different techniques to help you throughout the journey to healing and life beyond our programs. Some of our daily services include:

  • Psychiatric care
  • Yoga
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family services
  • One on one therapy

There are a plethora of rehabilitation centers across the United States that can be of help. Each one offers a variety of programs for different needs. However, numerous underlying issues within the addiction rehabilitation industry have been causing all kinds of problems for guests and their families, including poor quality treatment and high relapse rates.

At our drug and alcohol addiction treatment center, our approach to treating your addiction involves healing all aspects of your mind, body, and spirit. We offer industry-leading addiction and clinical interventions, including psychiatric care, health and wellness services, and many more tailored options to your recovery process.

We pride ourselves on being able to create individualized addiction treatment plans specific to your needs and goals. Our high staff-to-client ratio allows us to provide an individualized, compassionate focus to ensure that all our guests are getting what they need at all times.