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Opiates vs. Opioids: What’s the Difference?

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The terms “opiate” and “opioid” are often used interchangeably when they are actually different forms of substance. They share the same roots in that they are derived from the poppy plant, but it is the form of their derivative that is different.

Opiates are natural, organic derivatives of poppy plants. Examples of opiates include:

  • Opium
  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Codeine

Opioids are synthesized substances that originate from the poppy plant or have parts that originate from the poppy plant. These are typically what are used as prescription medications in opioids, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone. 

Opiates vs. Opioids — Both are Addictive and Dangerous

In a manner of speaking, it’s not too important to differentiate between opiates vs. opioids. Both types of substances, whether obtained legally or illegally, can cause crippling addictions that can negatively affect your daily life and your health.

On the treatment side of things, of course it’s important to differentiate between opiates vs. opioids to ensure that clients receive the right type of treatment. But, for the average person who is struggling with an addiction, know that you should look for treatment from a professional regardless of whether your substance of choice is natural opiate or a synthesized opioid.

Treatment for Opiate and Opioid Addiction

If you use opiates or opioids and are struggling with an addiction, please contact us for help. There is no shame in admitting that you cannot overcome an addiction on your own and need someone else to help. 

At Tulip Hill Recovery, our team can work with you to go through a personalized program to help you recover from your addiction. We also emphasize treating mental health disorders that often fuel the urge for substance abuse. This dual diagnosis approach helps many people break free and continue to live free from addiction.

Start Your Recovery Journey at Tulip Hill Recovery

At Tulip Hill Recovery, we focus on discovering what factors in your life may be contributing to your addiction in order to treat it at its main source. 

Are you ready to talk to someone about treatment for addiction and building a better future for yourself? Please contact us online or call us at 877-845-8192 to get in touch with our team and start your recovery journey.

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