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Synthetic vs Natural Opioids

Authored by Granite Recovery Centers    Reviewed by James Gamache    Last Updated: September 28th, 2021


James Gamache Medical Reviewer
Jim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Licensed Masters Level Addictions Counselor (MLADC). He has been working in the field of mental health/addiction treatment since 1995. Jim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Springfield College in 2000, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University in 2002. In 2002 Jim was hired by the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester holding the position of Clinical Case Manager. From 2004-2019, Jim was employed at WestBridge Inc. During his time at WestBridge, Jim held the following positions; Clinician, Team Leader, Director, & Chief Operations Officer. In 2019 Jim transitioned employment to GateHouse Treatment Center as the Clinical Director for 10 months. In October of 2020 Jim transitioned to Granite Recovery Centers and is currently serving as the Senior VP of Clinical Services and Quality Assurance.

Are you looking for a great place to recover from an addiction or substance abuse? The specialists at Granite Recovery Centers, an opioid detox center in New Hampshire, can help. Keep reading for more information about synthetic vs natural opioids.

Opioid Origins

Opioids are also known as narcotics. Narcotics come from the term stupor, a Greek word that alludes to substances that can relieve pain and lower awareness in the senses. Narcotics are natural opioids, synthetic opioids, and other types of opioids. These opioids relieve pain as a prescription pain medication. As a result, clients can end up addicted or dependent on opioids because of injury or chronic pain.

Synthetic vs Natural Opioids

What is a Synthetic Opioid?

Synthetic opioids are made in a lab and completely unnatural substances.  Therefore, they are not made out of the same chemicals as natural opioids are. Meperidine, methadone and fentanyl are all synthetic opioids. Also, semi-synthetic opioids combine with a natural opioid to form another variation. Semi-synthetic opioids include hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and heroin.

What is Natural Opioid?

All-natural opioids come from the poppy Papaver somniferum. Natural opioids include codeine and morphine. Semi-synthetic opioids are made partially from either of these natural opioids.

Abuse of Synthetic vs Natural Opioids

Synthetic and natural opioids all run the risk of abuse by the individuals taking them. There are several symptoms of opioid addiction to look for. For example, an addict may exhibit poor decision-making, anxiety attacks, constipation, poor coordination, lower levels of motivation, drowsiness, depression, slow or shallow breathing, irritability, vomiting, and nausea, feeling high (euphoria), physically agitated, mood swings, slurred speech, making bad decisions, and leaving responsibilities.

Additionally, clients who abuse opioids also run the risk of an overdose. Symptoms of an overdose include vomiting, unresponsiveness where the client will not wake up, small (constricted) pupils, slow or no pulse, passing out, and irregular breathing or no breathing. Once a person is showing signs of an opioid overdose, 911 needs to be called.

Treatment for Synthetic vs Natural Opioids

Contact Granite Recovery Centers to make an appointment at your earliest convenience to take advantage of one or several of our addiction treatment programs. We treat adults ages 18 and older. Clients of these ages are served in and around New England, mainly New Hampshire and Massachusetts. We offer many drug addiction and substance abuse programs to our clients. Our programs:

  • Detox programs
  • Residential treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient Program
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Sober Living & Aftercare Programs
  • Holistic Treatment Options

Also, we offer many types of services to meet the unique recovery needs of our clients. Our services:

In addition to the above services, we offer services in the form of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma Therapy. Treatment of synthetic vs natural opioids in the New England area provides thorough care. We have a wonderful reputation for addiction treatment. All levels of care are options from detox, through treatment, to sober living. Furthermore, on-site gym and outings for bowling, paintball, and mini-golf are available to our clients.

Granite Recovery Centers

You do not have to let addiction control your life, whether it’s synthetic vs natural opioids. Let us help you overcome your addiction by enrolling in one of our detox programs at Granite Recovery Centers in New Hampshire. Granite Recovery Centers provides medical detoxification. However, we can only provide service to those who do not need immediate medical intervention, are not a danger to themselves, and are capable of self-evacuation in the event of an emergency. Please do not hesitate to call us at if you have any questions about our substance abuse and addiction treatment programs. We are here to help you recover and start a new, healthier phase of your life.

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