Opiate Addiction Treatment

An opiate is any drug derived from the poppy plant. The psychoactive chemical found from this plant is the alkaloid morphine, which is processed to produce heroin. Other important by-products are codeine and thebaine, which is used to make hydrocodone. An opioid is another more modern term for opiates.

Hydrocodone and Oxycodone are among the legal opioids that are prescribed in America. They are being used in staggering amounts – more than 200 million were prescribed in 2014 alone. These two legal opiate drugs are effective pain relievers, but due to their availability and addictiveness, they are the main gateway to heroin abuse.

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How Does Tolerance Begin?

The more a person uses these opioid substances, the more the body can adapt to them. When the body adapts, it will need bigger doses of these substances to just maintain the relief or the short rush. This then starts an unfortunate cycle where the person abusing opiates will need ever increasing doses to get lesser and lesser benefits.

The effects of opiate substance abuse don’t just impact the body; they affect as much as, if not more, the social and the mental health of those who suffer from it.


What Can Be Done?

Opiate substance addiction can be treated effectively. The vicious cycle can be broken. With help, like the opiate treatment offered at Ranch Creek Recovery, millions of people have overcome withdrawal and rehabilitation for opiates and moved on to a happier life.

The steps of effective opiate addiction treatment vary, but the general plan is the same: detox, treatment, then aftercare.



The process of removing the remaining opioids and byproducts from the body. During this stage, withdrawal is a factor. Opioid withdrawal is extremely unpleasant although rarely fatal, so medical supervision is strongly recommended for this stage.



The intensive, healing part of rehab. Ranch Creek offers highly personalized treatment programs for addiction to opiates, including traditional talk and group therapy sessions as well as a variety of holistic and experiential treatment modalities.



All the work done in detox and treatment are for naught if the patient goes right back to the drug. Our aftercare programs continue our tradition of personal care – we normally stay in contact with our patients for at least a year following graduation, helping our alumni to avoid relapse and cravings.


Opiate Treatment from Ranch Creek Recovery

When choosing a drug and alcohol rehab center, certain questions should be asked before committing:


  • Is the location comfortable and private?
  • Do they have the proper licenses (such as CARF and JHACO accreditations)?
  • What is the staff to resident ratio?
  • What is their program philosophy?


At Ranch Creek Recovery, we’re proud to offer a unique blend of traditional and holistic therapy methods for our patients. We keep our patient census at a maximum of 6 people so that we can pay unparalleled attention to each of our patients. And our luxurious grounds and calm Southern California location are attractions in and of themselves.

Ranch Creek Recovery is a holistic addiction treatment center that offers garden therapy, exercise programs, equine-assisted therapy, and more. Conventional therapy has its place, but holistic therapy heals both the body and the mind. Call today to find out more.

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