Opioids are a deadly and addictive category of drugs. The class opioid encompasses heroin, synthetic opioids like fentanyl and other prescription pills that include opiates. Opioids cause chemical dependency in most users which causes them to be extremely difficult to stop taking. In this article you will learn all about the different benefits of opioid treatment for addiction help.
If you or someone you know is in need of treatment, this article can help you understand the treatment process. We also have staff available 24/7 who can do an over the phone assessment to determine your needs.
Opioid Treatment Explained
Opioid use disorder comes with a long list of consequences that impact the user and their loved ones negatively. It causes chemical dependency, and makes stopping on one’s own nearly impossible. This causes most opioid users to continue using, increasing their risk for opioid overdose.
When users of opioids continue using for more than a few days, their body builds a tolerance to it. This means that they must take more of the drug for it to have the same effect. Increased tolerance and dosages only compound the physical and mental addiction to the opioids.
Our experienced medical staff is best at determining individual needs based on the severity of the addiction and other contributing factors. Those with mental health concerns also benefit from inpatient treatment. Most treatment programs for long term opioid addicts begin with a detox protocol.
Opioids have some rather serious withdrawal complications when compared to drugs like marijuana or even cocaine. Opioid withdrawal can cause high risk symptoms that usually require medical supervision. Detox from opioids in a safe medical setting is a necessary step to break the chemical dependency.
The benefits of a medically supervised detox also include medication assisted detoxification. Common medications used to aid in detox are methadone and buprenorphine. However, we do not use methadone as it is too strong of an opiate to use in the detox process.
Doctors and physicians are able to prescribe medications to minimize withdrawal symptoms and make people more comfortable.
Some more severe symptoms of withdrawal from opioids include paranoia, irregular heart rate, confusion and seizures. Thankfully, most of these symptoms can be controlled and prevented with the proper care.
After a medically assisted detox, most opioid addicts require more care. The detox process usually takes 5-7 days but can take up to two weeks depending on the severity.
Residential or inpatient treatment usually follows detox for most patients. Most people aren’t able to overcome an opioid addiction just from a detox protocol. It is vital to continue treatment with a combination of treatment modalities.
Most programs are individually focused, meaning treatment plans are customized to meet specific needs. Most people utilize a combination of medication management, therapy, and other medical care.
Residential is an inpatient level of care, meaning that clients are under 24/7 medical supervision and care during their treatment. This is because most long-term opioid users are not stable right after detox.
The inpatient level of care also allows for extensive treatments. The most common forms of therapy include cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy. People also attend group therapy sessions.
Outpatient care is usually utilized after inpatient care. Some people with mild drug abuse issues may find outpatient care effective. However, it is usually not an effective solution for those with a long-term drug addiction.
Outpatient care provides the ability to continue treatment while also returning back to a life without drugs. Common types of outpatient care include partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs.
These programs allow people to attend therapy sessions and meet with medical staff multiple times a week on an outpatient basis. The amount of sessions and length of sessions is dependent on the needs of the individual. This is usually determined by medical staff.
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Opioid Treatment for addiction
Opioid dependence is extremely difficult to overcome without help. Many people try to stop using on their own but find they cannot. Cravings for opioids are severe, and withdrawal symptoms make stopping on one’s own extremely difficult.
Detox and continued inpatient and outpatient treatment are the most effective ways to overcome the barriers of opioid addiction. They also help people address health concerns caused by extended opioid use.
Medical professionals can also make the process much more comfortable while providing much needed therapy to address underlying mental health conditions.
How Long Does Opioid Treatment Last?
Length of stay in opioid treatment is dependent on individual needs. The detox process usually lasts 5-7 days and is followed by inpatient treatment. Inpatient treatment or residential care can last anywhere from one to three weeks.
Outpatient care is usually provided in an ongoing manner, or as frequently as possible for the individual. Opioid addiction also requires the building of a support network. Attending 12-step programs is encouraged. Family and friends who support sobriety and a life of recovery are beneficial to all.
Therapies Used in Opioid Treatment
As previously stated, care is often dependent on the individual. Most people take advantage of medication assisted treatment during detox. This helps alleviate discomfort and relieves cravings.
People also attend regular individual and group therapy sessions to identify and overcome negative behavior patterns. Underlying mental health concerns like anxiety and depression are often addressed and treated during treatment as well.
Many also utilize holistic treatment options like yoga, meditation and acupuncture. Opioid use takes a toll on the body physically and mentally. The ability to return to sober activities that cleanse the mind and body are vital during the recovery process.
Long-term Recovery from Opioid Addiction
The most successful treatment plans include a combination of medical, therapeutic, and support services. Medical treatment, therapy and 12-step programs create a powerful plan for success.
We recommend commitment as much treatment as possible, whether that be continued outpatient meetings with therapists or continuation of support groups.
Our Treatment Programs
We offer a comprehensive and proven treatment program for those struggling with opioid addiction and substance use disorders. We have a full continuum of care that offers you everything you need to recover from addiction.
Our trained admissions staff are here to help walk you through this process. If you or a loved one need help finding treatment options, give us a call at (800) 817-1247
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