At the Men’s Vitality Center in Tempe, we understand how serious and scary opiate addiction can be. That’s why we’ve created a unique program for men who suffer from this up-and-coming epidemic. If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, it’s important to seek professional medical treatment right away. Contact our men’s healthcare professionals to schedule an appointment at our facility today.

What Are Opiates?

Opiates and opioids are powerful and dangerous narcotics that offer a feeling of euphoria that is unmatched by other drugs. Opiates are a subset of opioids that are naturally occurring and they originally come from the opium poppy plant. Most opiates are considered to be scheduled narcotics by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and they often fall into class I, II or III. These drugs are considered controlled narcotics by the DEA due to their highly addictive properties. The three subcategories of this drug are:

  • Naturally Occurring Opiates – These drugs are made from opium, such as morphine.
  • Synthetic Opiates – These are manufactured drugs, such as Demerol and methadone.
  • Semi-Synthetic Opiates – These opiates come from a synthesis of natural compounds (plants) and other materials, including heroin.

All forms of opioids can have an effect on the nervous system by slowing down the messages your body sends between your cells and organs. More often than not, people who are addicted to these drugs either take them by mouth, through snorting, injection, or by wearing a patch. Long-term use of these drugs can permanently alter the brain and body’s neurons, making the addict very vulnerable to relapse without the proper opiate addiction treatment.

Common Opiates and Opioids Include:

  • Morphine (MsContin, MSIR)
  • Heroin
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet)
  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)

  • Codeine (Tylenol 3)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvocet)
  • Buprenorphine (Buprenex, Suboxone, Subutex)

Common Symptoms of Opiate Addiction

If you suffer from an opiate addiction, you already know how exhausting it can be. In order to keep your withdrawal symptoms at bay, you’re forced to do everything in your power to feed your addiction. This can leave you feeling desperate, and it can cause you to act in ways that compromise your morals and values. If you’re suffering from the symptoms below, contact a physician at the Men’s Vitality Center in Tempe today.

  • Mood swings
  • A slowed rate of breathing
  • Infections from drug injections
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Dry mouth
  • Itching
  • Hepatitis
  • Constipation

  • Seizures
  • Kidney issues
  • Sleep disorders
  • Nodding off
  • Memory issues
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle rigidity

Depending on the type of opiates you take, they may have long-acting or short-acting withdrawal symptoms. The speed of these symptoms is directly related to the half-life of the particular opiate or opioid you are using. Most major withdrawal symptoms from short to intermediate acting opiates peak between 48 to 72 hours after the last dose. If you do not seek immediate medical care, you may become very dehydrated, which can lead to seizures or convulsions. The good news here is that an addict can usually complete opiate detox within five to seven days. It’s important to note that detox alone is not usually enough to deter you from using these drugs again.

Opiate & Opioid Treatment

Medically managed treatment is almost always required for the heroin and opiate abuse that often stems from severe opiate drug addiction. Patients who are looking to stop using illegal and prescribed opiates can do so safely and comfortably through the use of our suboxone and buprenorphine treatment program here at Men’s Vitality Center.

Suboxone (buprenorphine) is a medication prescribed by our medical staff that will immediately stop withdrawal symptoms and cravings from drugs such as heroin, oxycodone, Percocet, Vicodin, codeine, morphine and oxycontin, fentanyl, and other opiate-based drugs.

Our Suboxone (buprenorphine) program for drug addiction treatment has proven to be extremely effective in helping our patients break the grip of their opiate dependency, thereby allowing them to enjoy a healthier, more fulfilling, more productive, and more enjoyable life. Because substance abuse and addiction is a very complex matter, our aim is to address these different issues specific to each patient on their road to recovery.

Whether you require Suboxone (buprenorphine) induction (initiation of treatment) or Suboxone (buprenorphine) maintenance, Dr. Evans and the medical providers here at Men’s Vitality Center are committed to your treatment and success. Our staff are certified and experienced Suboxone (buprenorphine) treatment providers who can help you achieve and maintain an addiction-free life.

Please call us today if you, your family members, or friends suffer from opiate addiction.