Opiates are a group of highly addictive drugs that are naturally derived from the opium plant. They have traditionally been used to treat pain and include morphine, codeine, and heroin. While some people take these drugs responsibly to relieve pain, many opiates can be abused, and more and more people have started to abuse them. As the addiction grows stronger, treatment is needed to recover. Fortunately, our opiate rehab in Chicago offers patients everything they need to achieve long-term sobriety.

What Is The Opiate Epidemic?

In more recent years, the United States has found itself in the midst of an opiate epidemic. You have probably seen stories on the news that mention the drug crisis or may have watched a loved one struggle with these drugs. In 2017, an estimated 68% of drug overdoses in the United States involved an opioid. This number has drastically increased since the turn of the century.1 With such alarmingly high numbers, it is no wonder this trend has been considered an epidemic.

Illinois has been drastically affected as well. In Cook County alone, opioid-related overdose deaths increased by 16% from 2013 to 2015.2 From 2018 to 2019, it went up another 5% and has quadrupled since 1998.1 As a substance abuse rehab in Chicago, we have seen the effects of the growing opiate problem and we want to help.

Classic Signs of Opiate Addiction

If you suspect that your loved one is abusing opiates, you need to be able to recognize it first before you can get them help. Maybe you even take opiates yourself and have begun to recognize that you may have a problem.

Some Common Signs of Opiate Abuse Include:

  • Constant cravings for the drugs
  • Taking opiates in a way that is not recommended or prescribed
  • Lying about the frequency and amount of drug use
  • Changes in behavior
  • Mood swings
  • Weight changes
  • Stealing to sustain the addiction


Both prescription and illegal opioids are addictive, and even people who take them as prescribed are at risk of developing a dependence that can progress into an addiction if not checked. If you or a loved one has exhibited any of the signs listed above, there is a major problem and the help of an opioid abuse treatment center is typically required.

Our Opioid Rehab in Chicago

At Banyan Chicago, we understand how difficult it can be to watch someone struggle with drug addiction. Treatment at our opiate rehab in Chicago is designed to walk patients through the recovery process so that they can come out on the other side happier, healthier, and drug-free.

The first step to overcome an opiate addiction is typically a drug detox to safely wean your body off of the harmful substance. From here, we offer programs to help patients on their journey to stay sober including our highest level of care, our partial hospitalization program.

During their time with us, patients will be exposed to a variety of addiction therapy programs for a comprehensive approach to opiate addiction treatment. This programming includes group therapies, SMART recovery, cognitive behavioral therapy, individual therapy sessions with a trained professional, and more.

Our goal is to not only help our patients heal in all of the areas of their lives that their opiate addiction has damaged, but also to set them up for long-term success. In the event of a relapse, our stabilization program is there to get the person back on track.

Furthermore, we understand that addiction not only affects the individual but their loved ones, as well, which is why our opiate treatment also includes family therapy for our patients’ friends and family. Spouses, parents, and siblings can work with our counselors privately and in group settings with patients to speak of how they’ve been impacted and work on rebuilding a relationship affected by drug abuse.

Contact Our Opioid Recovery Center Today

Whether you need help for a loved one or help for yourself, take action now. Let our partial or outpatient opioid treatment be the answer to your problem. Contact Banyan Treatment Centers today to learn more about our rehab for opiate addiction in Illinois.

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  1. CDC - Opioid Overdose- Understanding the Epidemic
  2. Cook County Department of Public Health - Overdose Prevention

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