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What is the difference between Opiates and Opioids?

Opiates are alkaloids derived from the opium poppy. Opium is a strong pain relieving medication, and a number of drugs are also made from this source: 

  • Morphine

  • Codeine

  • Heroin

  • Opium

Opioids are synthetic or partly-synthetic drugs that are manufactured to work in a similar way to opiates. Their active ingredients are made via chemical synthesis. Opioids may act like opiates when taken for pain because they have similar molecules.

Types Of Opioids:

  • Methadone

  • Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin (oxycodone)

  • Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab (hydrocodone)

  • Demerol (pethidine)

  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone)

  • Duragesic (fentanyl)

How Opiates And Opioids Work?

Both of these types of drugs alter the way that pain is perceived, as opposed to making the pain go away. They attach onto molecules that protrude from certain nerve cells in the brain called opioid receptors. Once they are attached, the nerve cells send messages to the brain that are not accurate measures of the severity of the pain that the body is experiencing. Thus the person who has taken the drug experiences less pain.

Drugs in these classes also affect how the brain feels pleasure. A person who takes them who is not in pain will experience a feeling of elation, followed by deep relaxation and/or sleepiness.


What is medication assisted treatment?

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is an evidence-based approach that combines brain-stabilizing medication with comprehensive support services including counseling, drug screens, and medical monitoring.

Why use medication assisted treatment?

These treatments work. Research has shown repeatedly that patients in medication assisted treatment have the greatest likelihood of  successful  recovery.

Opioids Use Disorder

Is a maladaptive psychological relationship to the drug that includes drug-seeking behavior, giving up important relationships and activities in favor of the drug, and generally focusing your life more and more on the drug at the expense of everything else. 


What is methadone ?

Methadone belongs to the opioid family of drugs; it is a long acting synthetic narcotic analgesic and it is an effective medical treatment for opioid addiction. Methadone has been used to help people who are dependent on other drugs from the same opioid family such as heroin, morphine and codeine.

How does methadone work?

When taken on a daily basis, it eliminates physical withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, it helps reduce and eliminates cravings for opioids. If you use an opioid while being treated methadone , methadone blocks the euphoric effect of opioid abuse.


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