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There’s a reason why opioids kill tens of thousands of Americans each year and render millions more addicted, desperate and increasingly unable to control their lives. These are powerfully addictive drugs that are designed for extremely limited use in extreme medical conditions. The initial euphoria and relief effects are so strong, however, that users find themselves unable to stop.
To the outside observer, an opioid addict may just be an aggressive, dishonest and incoherent person who will stop at nothing to get their next fix; in reality, they are battling severe internal changes to their brain chemistry that render them biologically dependent. Opioid addiction requires comprehensive, customized and targeted treatment that addresses the immediate medical issues and long-term psychological/behavioral factors associated with the disease.
The opioid addiction treatment and recovery process doesn’t end once participants complete their initial program. The widescale impact that opioid addiction has on users’ lives often means they need help getting back on track for years to come. Whether this means through medication-assisted therapy with drugs like methadone, Suboxone or Vivitrol or ongoing behavioral therapy in ambulatory environments or sober-living homes, it’s important that recovering opioid use disorder survivors have medical and behavioral safety nets firmly in place as they endeavor lifelong recovery. Opioid addiction treatment plans should include behavioral coping tools that help participants build off the progress they made in treatment, as well as referral information for addiction-trained therapists and support groups in clients’ communities.
Each person’s journey to opioid addiction is unique and so must be their journey to recovery. Some opioid use disorder sufferers may respond positively to outpatient care while others might need more targeted and in-depth treatment for maximum success that can only be offered by an inpatient program. Treatment protocol depends largely on patients’ substance use history, general care needs, pre-existing conditions and lifestyle. While treatment may vary slightly, there are a few universal tenets of the process that are essential for long-term success, including:
Medical Detox – The process by which individuals expel the toxins in their body that have built up through prolonged and untreated opioid abuse. Opioid detox requires expert medical assistance to help patients get through the acute stages of the withdrawal process as safely and comfortably as possible while also addressing any separate or related underlying medical issues that are exacerbated during the process. Detox provides a safe, compassionate, non-judgmental and supportive environment to help patients through what is arguably the most painful and vulnerable part of treatment.
Behavioral Rehab – A customized course of behavioral care will help patients confront the origins of their substance abuse while developing coping mechanisms to avoid relapse in high-pressure situations. Rehab should include individualized counseling, group dynamics and supplemental therapies to help patients safely and effectively address and manage their substance use triggers. Aftercare plans should include ongoing support resources, including contact information for addiction-trained mental health professionals in their area. These resources are vital to patients’ ongoing success in post-treatment recovery and can make the difference between relapse and lasting sobriety.