Types of Opiates

Our treatment program is designed to treat addictions to all types of opiates. Opiates are the most widely prescribed drugs for treating pain, and the number of addictions in the US today is staggering.  According to statistics, one in five adults are prescribed some type of opiate each year.

Main Types of Opiates

Types of Opiates
The five types of opiates that we help treat addiction to are:

  • Opium
  • Morphine
  • Heroin
  • Codeine
  • Thebaine

A Little About the Types of Opiates

Opium is the first original opiate, and was originally extracted from a plant and then smoked.

Morphine is a drug that comes from opium, but is used in medicine for extreme pain in hospitals.

Heroin is very similar to morphine, but our clients find that heroin gets them high faster, making it more commonly used than morphine. Heroin is illegal in the United States, but our clients can easily find this common street drug. Clients of our rehabilitation center often admit that heroin led them to share needles, and seemed to be the catalyst for this intravenous drug use.

Codeine is used for suppressing coughs and the treatment of mild to moderate pain, and the abuse of codeine is often sung about in hip hop songs.

Thebaine is the last of all the types of opiates, and is used to make hydrocodone, Vicodin, and oxycodone and oxycontin, which are both commonly abused drugs. Thebaine is stronger than codeine and, like heroin, clients can easily find it on the streets which helps to make it one of the more commonly abused drugs.

We do our best to treat all of our clients, whether they are addicted to one or all types of opiates.