Is treatment for opiate addiction different than other addictions such as alcohol?

Yes. Just like any disease, there are different ways to cure them. Opiate addiction not only can cause psychological addiction, but chemically rewires the brain to crave the euphoria associated with opiates. If not treated medically, opiate addicts will go through excruciating pain when trying to quit. Thus, a very high percentage of patients will relapse when trying to do therapy alone. With medical treatment combined and counseling, patients have an extremely higher rate of success because they are able to suppress the withdrawal symptoms and work with counselors to get their life style back on track.

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