Drug addiction continues to be a very serious problem for all parts or our society. Drug addiction can destroy an individual and their loved ones. Opiates (derivatives of the narcotic Opium) are particularly dangerous because of the ease with which they can become habit forming. Breaking this addiction often requires severe measures. The first step is to get the drug out of the body. A rapid opiate detox program may be the first step in combating addiction. Opiates are controlled substances; even those that are medically prescribed may be abused. If you know somebody who has a drug problem, they need professional help and the full support of their family.