Opioid Addiction Treatment
Opioids are a classification of substances that include prescription pain medications, heroin, and the new designer drug fentanyl. Common pain medication names are hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, morphine, codeine, and methadone, most of these also have street names. Opioids produce an instant but short lived euphoria. All opioids are proven to be extremely addictive.
In early 2018 President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. This epidemic has been the leading cause of accidental deaths since 2017, more than car accidents. In many cases of opioid addiction, we see prescription pain med abuse turning into a full blown heroin addiction. It is a common theme, when the pills become more difficult to find, the user will turn to the streets. This is where heroin becomes more attractive, it produces the same high (if not greater) and is often significantly cheaper.
Signs of Opioid Abuse or Addiction:
Increased pain tolerance
Shallow breathing or slowed breathing
Flushed skin or itching
Dangers of Opioid Addiction and Abuse
For those in long-term active addiction of opioids, the nerve cells in the brain are greatly affected. This can also be experienced when a doctor prescribes pain medication over a prolonged period of time. When an individual discontinues the use of opioid based substances suddenly, the feelings and reactions from the body are often extremely unpleasant. These symptoms are known as withdrawal. Opioid withdrawal is one of the most unpleasant drug withdrawals that an individual may experience. Opioids are currently among the most abused substance available in our country. Even when drugs are used to control pain, addiction is still a potential. These substances are abused as anxiety relief by many drug users. Opiates are currently among the most abused types of substances available.
As previously stated, Opioid related deaths are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. Individuals are overdosing at drastic and shocking rates. Every 19 minutes someone is losing their life to opioid based substances.
Opiate Addiction Treatment at The Beaches
At The Beaches Treatment Center Recovery we have clients recovering from opioid abuse every single day. The initial step to recovery begins with a medical detoxification to safely and comfortably detox from the drug. It is important for the individual to detox with a medical facility with supervision because of how traumatic the withdrawal process can be. There are many uncomfortable aspects of detoxing. The Beaches understands how important is is to continue in an individualized treatment program after the initial week detox process. At The Beaches Treatment Center we immediately begin treating the root causes of drug use and addiction.
A typical opioid addiction treatment plan from The Beaches Treatment Center comes with intense therapy sessions including individual and group settings, education on addiction as a disease, relapse prevention, aftercare programs and so much more.
We always encourage our clients to seek continuous growth in their recovery journey, we feel the more supported our clients feel, the more courage they will have to continue in their battle against addiction.
If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid abuse or addiction.