The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that over 80 percent of people who use heroin and other illicit opioids started off by abusing prescription painkillers. If you’re using opioids for a legitimate pain issue, at first it can be difficult to determine which side effects are due to regular use, and which are due to excessive abuse. Even if you take these drug exactly as your doctor tells you to, it can be easy to build up tolerance. The legally regulated nature of opioids can blur the lines between regular and excessive use, but your mind and body and will eventually tell you something’s wrong.
Many unwittingly fall into opioid addiction without realizing it. At first you may be taking prescription painkillers so you can get back to your job and take care of your family, and eventually you may wind up waging another battle against cravings and withdrawal symptoms. This is why it’s important to monitor and address these signs as they emerge.
While your opioid addiction treatment program should be uniquely designed to fit your care needs and personal clinical history, there are generally three fundamental components of the process:
If you’re battling opioid addiction, it’s because your brain’s chemistry has been hijacked by these drugs. Detox and withdrawal management allow you to rebalance your neurochemistry and get expert and compassionate relief for your withdrawal symptoms. Common opioid withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to flu-like symptoms, severe joint and muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, chills and more. The opioid withdrawal period should be managed by experienced doctors and nurses who can help relieve your acute symptoms.
As you’re getting help for the immediate medical issues associated with your opioid addiction, you will also need comprehensive behavioral rehab to help you manage cravings and prevent relapse. This process involves a combination of group therapy, one-on-one counseling and supplemental behavioral therapies. Rehab is meant to help you identify and manage the origins and triggers of your opioid addiction, while also providing lifestyle support and assistance with integrating your family into recovery. Recovery Unplugged offers a music-focused rehab experience to help clients more readily embrace their treatment.
MAT includes the use of approved medications to help you curb your cravings and withdrawal symptoms. These drugs may include Suboxone® (buprenorphine and naloxone), Vivitrol® (monthly injections of naltrexone) or methadone. If you qualify medically for medication-assisted treatment, your doctor and clinical team will work together to help you manage your dosage. It’s important realize that these drugs are not meant to replace any other element of treatment, like counseling or group therapy. They are meant to provide long-term relief to make it easier for patients to live their lives without constantly being affected by cravings.
Opioid addiction is an urgent and time-sensitive matter. The longer you wait to get help, the more urgent the situation becomes. You already know what life is like when you’re addicted to opioids, Recovery Unplugged wants to show you what a life free from these drugs can offer. Call our admissions specialists today at (855) 754-7793 so we can help you. You don’t have to stand for this anymore.