Earlier, narcotics used to refer to all types of illegal drugs, but today, the term has a more specific meaning. Now, narcotics refers to opium, opium derivatives and also synthetically produced derivatives. In other words, narcotics are pain relieving drugs derived from opium. They are also referred to as opioids.
These drugs create a sense of euphoria and numbness by altering the ability of the brain’s opioid receptors. Opioid-based painkillers are generally prescribed to patients suffering from chronic pain especially after a surgery or an accident. Narcotic drugs are highly addictive in nature, with the body developing drug tolerance after prolonged use.
Narcotics or opioids come in various forms like tablets, capsules, syrups, and even injections. Some the common narcotic drugs include heroin, brown sugar, and prescription medicines such as morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and codeine.
The categorization of narcotic drugs ranges from Schedule I to Schedule V depending on the drug, their usage, safety, and chemical dependency. They have also been put under the controlled substances list because of the high probability of their abuse.
Narcotic addiction amongst teens develops when they take a prescribed drug longer than they need to or when they take medications without prescriptions. Over a period of time, the body develops a tolerance towards the drug. This leads to the consumption of a higher dosage which may sometimes lead to an overdose. Long-term abuse of opioids also leads to nerve cell degeneration, stupor or even convulsions. Some of the effects of narcotic drug abuse include:
Withdrawal symptoms associated with narcotic drug abuse include sleep disorders, nausea, diarrhea, aggression, anxiety, muscle cramps, and many more. A medically supervised detox treatment along with therapy is necessary for treating narcotic drug addiction.
Narcotic addiction is a serious disorder but treatable. If left untreated for a long time, it can lead to the development of serious mental health disorders and physical problems. Treatment depends upon the usage frequency and the severity of the symptoms.
Narcotic addiction requires medically supervised detox treatment to flush out the toxins from the body along with counselling sessions. Therapy helps in identifying triggers and teach coping skills to lead a drug free life after treatment. Patients often need to undergo pre-assessment which provides a blueprint to the medical team to design an individualized treatment program.
The most common medications prescribed for the treatment of opioid addiction include naloxone, suboxone, methadone, and naltrexone. ADEONA Healthcare, the leading teen addiction treatment center in California, uses these medications as per the requirement of the patient.
ADEONA Healthcare of California provides holistic and strength-based treatment approaches to treat adolescents aged 12 to 17 for mental health disorders, co-occurring disorders, and alcohol and/or drug abuse and addiction. Our center offers the most comprehensive narcotic addiction treatment program comprising detoxification, medication, counseling and alternative therapies. Our treatment program is further complemented by biopsychosocial evaluation, individual and group therapies, opioid abuse and health education, and the 12-step meeting program.
Our multidisciplinary team chooses a treatment modality after careful consideration of each individual teen’s case, usage habits, and medical history. The chosen intervention is then administered by our friendly, licensed and experienced staff to ensure that the teen has a shorter treatment cycle and is able to achieve long-lasting recovery at the earliest.
To learn more about how ADEONA Healthcare can help your teen overcome their addiction to narcotics, call our 24×7 teen addiction treatment helpline (888) 997-3966 and speak with a member from our admissions team. You can even chat online with a representative for further information. We accept most insurance plans and can conduct a free insurance verification for you.