Vertava Health Rehab Center Explains Difference Between Opioids and Opiates

Cimmington, Mass. — Vertava Health Massachusetts, an addiction recovery center, has published a new article detailing the differences between opioids and opiates. The article answers a frequently asked question about whether opioids and opiates are basically the same thing.

An opioid, as the article explains, is any substance that attaches itself to the opioid receptors in the brain and helps with things like pain. While opiates do the same thing, they are not entirely the same thing. Rather, all opiates are opioids, while not all opioids are opiates. Because opiates are considered a subcategory of opioids, statistics regarding opiates, such as opiate overdose and opiate death statistics, are included within opioid statistics.

Opioids come in three categories, the article states, including natural opioids, synthetic opioids, and semi-synthetic opioids. Opiates are the specific class of opioids that are made entirely from the poppy plant. Some commonly known opiates include opium, morphine, and codeine. The poppy plant is now grown in many places in the world for the poppy seeds, which are popular in food; for the opium that can be used pharmaceutically; and for alkaloids, which are also extracted from the poppy plant for pharmaceutical use.

Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and tramadol, are entirely manmade. Semi-synthetic opioids have components from plants that are then manipulated in a lab to achieve the desired effect. Hydrocodone, oxycodone, and heroin are all examples of semi-synthetic opioids.

While the opioid crisis has cast opioids in a negative light, not all opioid use is bad. As the article points out, for people who have chronic pain, prescription opioids can provide much-needed relief from ongoing suffering. Taken safely, opioids help thousands, if not millions, of people each year. However, they are often misused, taken recreationally, or used excessively because of their "feel-good" effects. Sometimes, this misuse becomes an addiction or dependence on opioids that may necessitate treatment. A recovery center like Vertava Health Massachusetts may be able to help people struggling with an addiction or dependence on opioids or other substances.

The first step in recovering from substance misuse, such as opioid addiction, is detoxification or ridding the body of the unwanted substances. When a body is dependent on a substance, taking the substance away can cause intense symptoms of panic, which makes it beneficial to have a team of medical professionals available to attend to any needs that may arise. After the detox process has finished, most people struggling with addiction need a comprehensive therapy program to help them rebuild their lives without the substance. Treatment can include a mix of therapies and other evidence-based practices. People may benefit from inpatient programs, where they stay at a facility for an extended period of time while engaging in structured therapy and activities, or outpatient programs, where they maintain access to their daily lives and commute to therapy and other treatments nearby.

At a facility such as Vertava Health, located near the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts, a scenic landscape away from large metropolitan areas offers a relaxing and recovery-focused atmosphere for their inpatient rehab clients. With 24-hour access to nurses and recovery coaches, and freedom from everyday triggers, clients receive various kinds of therapy, including individual, group, and family therapy. Additional services at Vertava Health include medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and extras such as outdoor activities, yoga, and art classes. Vertava Health also offers outpatient programs for anyone who wants more flexibility in their treatment or is working on transitioning out of residential treatment back into the outside world.

To learn more about Vertava Health Massachusetts and the services they have available, visit their website or call (888) 655-0289.


For more information about Vertava Health of Massachusetts, contact the company here:

Vertava Health of Massachusetts
(413) 200-7511
151 South St
Cummington, MA 01026