If you or a loved one are struggling, we can help. Request a callback today.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

What Are Examples of Opioids and Opiates?

Home » Addiction Treatment » What Are Examples of Opioids and Opiates?
several pill bottles on a countertop against a black background as examples of opiates and opioids

Table of Contents

An addiction to opioids or opiates is serious. It is essential to get help right away. A trusted medical professional can guide you in treatment decisions, and an accredited treatment facility, like Virtue Recovery Las Vegas, can answer any treatment program specifics.

Understanding what examples of opioids or opiates look like, the signs of addiction, and the damage that they can do to one’s health and well-being is critical. Finding a treatment program with various therapeutic modalities to address each person’s needs will provide the most options for recovering from addiction. Customizable inpatient and outpatient programming is available at most drug treatment facilities. 

Find out more about opioid and opiate abuse treatment by calling Virtue Recovery Las Vegas today at 866.520.2861 or contacting us online.  

What Are Opioids? 

Opioids are often confused with opiates. What can be confusing is that all opiates are opioids, but not all opioids are opiates. Opioids are natural or synthetic drugs that connect to the opioid receptors in the brain. Opioid receptors control the feelings associated with pleasure and pain, making the drugs highly addictive.   

Common prescription opioid pain relievers include the following:  

  • Vicodin 
  • Oxycodone 
  • Fentanyl 

What Are Opiates? 

Opiate use can start with being prescribed a painkiller for a genuine medical need. However, the path to addiction from there can happen very quickly. This can be due to a genetic predisposition for addiction, living in an environment with easy access to drugs, mental health struggles, pressures of society, or the strength of the drug itself.  

Opiates are naturally derived from poppy plants. The chemical compounds of the drugs come from the sap and fibers of the plant.  Common opiates include the following: 

  • Codeine 
  • Morphine 
  • Heroin 

Examples of Opiates and Opioids 

Opioids are often prescribed by doctors for managing pain due to a severe illness or following a major surgery or injury. However, these powerful drugs also have serious side effects and carry the risk of addiction and overdose. Some commonly prescribed opioids are hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), morphine, and methadone.

Fentanyl is becoming more common as a synthetic opioid for treating pain because it is more potent than other opioids. Unfortunately, fentanyl is also illegally made and sold, increasing addiction rates. 

Opiates have different chemical structure classifications. They can be considered: 

  • Morphine-like agents (morphine and hydromorphone), 
  • Meperidine-like agents (meperidine, fentanyl, and remifentanil) 
  • Diphenyl heptanes (methadone) 

What Are the Signs of Addiction?

Since opioid drugs directly address feelings of pain and elicit euphoria, they are very addictive. When defining what these drugs look like, it is also essential to determine what addiction to these drugs looks like.  Signs of addiction to look out for include:  

  • Trouble sleeping 
  • Noticeable change in appetite  
  • Avoiding responsibilities at work or school 
  • Strained relationships with close family and friends 
  • Isolation  
  • Severe mood swings  
  • Stealing or lying to hide drug usage 

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid or opiate dependence, abuse, or addiction, it is crucial to seek professional help.  

Contact Virtue Recovery Las Vegas Today for Treatment Options 

Struggling with a substance use disorder poses many dangers to the addicted person. Overdose or death are the most extreme scenarios; too many people fall victim. To find the best treatment plan possible for yourself or a loved one, let Virtue Recovery Las Vegas guide you in making a wise and personalized decision. 

In addition to opioid or opiate addiction rehab services, we offer several outpatient services on our campus in Las Vegas, including opioid and opiate addiction treatment. Reach out today at 866.520.2861 or online to start your road to recovery from addiction. An experienced treatment professional is standing by. 

author avatar
Nicki Lugo, CPC, LAC, LCADC, CCTS Executive Director
Nicki Lugo is currently employed as Clinical Director at Virtue Recovery Center in Las Vegas. Nicki is a licensed clinical professional counselor (CPC) in the state of Nevada and a licensed associate counselor (LAC) in the state of Arizona. She is also a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) in Nevada. Additionally, Nicki has specialized training in treating trauma and is a certified clinical trauma specialist (CCTS). Nicki has earned a Master of Science degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Health from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University. Currently, Nicki is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Counseling Education and Supervision at Grand Canyon University. Nicki’s research interests include the use of Positive Psychology interventions with dual diagnosis clients. Nicki hopes to contribute to the body of knowledge in treating substance use disorders. Nicki’s long-term career goals include advancing in leadership roles within Virtue Recovery Center which is a quickly growing substance use disorder treatment facility. She hopes that one day her research and advocacy will help to save the lives of those who have been affected by substance use. She likes to say that advocacy is her passion and leadership is her superpower.

Break Free from Addiction

Speak with Our Experts Now!

Call Us

Let's Begin Your Journey to Recovery Together

At Virtue Recovery Center, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Our dedicated team of professionals is committed to providing the compassionate care and expert guidance you need to start your journey to recovery. Don’t wait any longer to take control of your life. Contact us today, and let’s work together to create a brighter, healthier future for you. Your path to recovery begins with a single step – reach out now and find the support you deserve.