Opioid Addiction


Opioid addiction is currently the most deadly substance addiction plaguing the population. The opioid epidemic has ravaged the United States since the 1990s and overdose fatalities continue to grow. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 128 people die every day due to opioid overdose. 

If you or a loved one is suffering from opioid abuse, you’ve come to the right place. The opioid rehab at Asheville Recovery Center has the exact tools, methods, and therapies to help you or your loved one overcome this opioid addiction and make sobriety a reality.

What is Opioid Addiction? 

Opioid dependence is a sinister disease. Due to the highly addictive nature of opiates, many easily fall victim to this addiction. Many opioid addictions begin with prescribed pain relievers after an injury or post-surgery.  Other common means of dependence include, but are not limited to, personal struggles, environment, or a genetic predisposition to addiction. 

There are several commonly prescribed opioids available today. They include: 

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone

Opioids can be divided into three categories: natural, semi-synthetic, and fully-synthetic. Natural opioids are compounds that are not chemically altered. These include morphine, codeine, and thebaine. Semi-synthetic opioids are natural compounds that are then chemically altered to create the desired drug effect. These include hydrocodone, oxycodone(Oxycontin), hydromorphone, and heroin. Fully-synthetic opioids are completely man made and not derived from any natural source. These include fentanyl, methadone, and tramadol, among others. 

Despite the difference in synthesis, all opiates affect the brain in a similar manner.  When ingested, the brain’s receptors are stimulated and dopamine is released into the bloodstream.  This generates a feeling of euphoria for the user. After regular use, the brain will eventually grow unable to naturally produce dopamine without the use of opioids, and so begins the dependency that often leads to addiction. 

Image of bottle with opioids that was knocked over

How Opioid Treatment Begins 

The pathway to sobriety can only begin once the body is completely absent of opioids. This process is called detox. Due to the complexity and risk, medically supervised detox is required by our specialists. This ensures proper treatment within a well-equipped, professional setting.  With specially trained support throughout the detox process, the individual will be made as comfortable as possible as their body naturally sheds its dependence on the drug.  There will be temporary withdrawal symptoms that develop during detox, which include:

  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Stomach Aches/Vomiting/Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Chills and Sweats
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Body Aches
  • Mood Swings

Although these symptoms can be unpleasant, they fade as does physical dependence. Typically, medical detox is a 5-7 day process with the peak withdrawal symptoms setting in around day 3.

Because some cases of withdrawal are so severe, many individuals who attempt to undergo the detox process on their own tend to relapse.  By using the services of a medical detox program, trained professionals will help to relieve those symptoms and will work to make you as comfortable as possible through your detox process.

Once medically supervised detoxification has been completed, addiction treatment specialists will invite the individual to begin a customized treatment program within our facility.   Here at Asheville Recovery Center, every client is unique and we are fully prepared to address individual needs in order to ensure a successful recovery.

Finding the Perfect Treatment Program

Because there are so many addiction treatment programs available today, it is important to make an informed choice based on your or your loved one’s specific needs. 

When an individual chooses Asheville Recovery Center to treat opioid addiction, we create a plan that is custom fit using our proven techniques and methods.  We know that what works for one opioid addict may not work for another.

Through professionally developed treatment options, our addiction specialists are able to customize any treatment plan to suit the individual. Because the road to recovery is not one-size-fits-all, we utilize an array of therapeutic methods and treatment programs so that each client is uniquely treated and fully equipped for a successful recovery.