Opiate Addiction Treatment

There is an opioid addiction crisis going on in the U.S. Hence, the ravages of opioid-based substances are everywhere. Since opioid abuse and addiction seem to be raging out of control, the pressure is always mounting for there to be more opioid rehab centers. Therefore, it’s incumbent on rehab facilities to provide treatment for opioid addiction and stand as the last line of defense.

If you have been using any kind of opioid for recreational purposes, you may be risking more than you think. If your opioid use has progressed to the point of addiction, it is time to consider treatment for opioid addiction.

Causes of Opioid or Opiate Addiction

Opioids come in many forms. In some cases, they can be legitimate medications (prescription painkillers) that doctors prescribe for pain issues. Conversely, they also come as illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl.

As for what causes opioid addiction, it’s usually one of two things. First, the user might have an opioid prescription that he or she started abusing over time. This form of abuse often develops due to prescription opioid users not following their doctors’ instructions.

For example, opioid users may purposely take more pills at one time than what was prescribed for them to take with the hopes that doing so would relieve them of more pain at a quicker pace. Other people with opioid prescriptions may take their opioid medications for longer than the length of time that they were prescribed to do so because they still feel pain that they want to numb.

Some people may even abuse their prescription opioids to numb their poor mental health or to escape their real-life problems. Unfortunately, when people don’t follow their doctors’ orders when it comes to their prescription opioid use, they tend to develop opioid addictions.

People tend to use illicit opioids recreationally to escape their real-life problems as well. When people abuse illicit opioids, it’s often because they’ve already previously abused other substances that were milder but were no longer giving them a high.

Types of Opioids

There are three main types of opioids. One of these types of opioids is called natural opioids, or alkaloids. Natural opioids are produced in the opium poppy plant. Natural opioids also include morphine and codeine.

The second type of opioid is semi-synthetic and manmade. This type of opioid is semi-synthetic because it’s manufactured in a lab using natural opioids. Examples of semi-synthetic opioids include hydromorphone, hydrocodone, heroin, and oxycodone (the prescription drug OxyContin).

The third and last type of opioid is the strictly manmade opioids that are made from an assortment of chemicals that produce the same effects as opium. Examples of this type of opioid include fentanyl, methadone, tramadol, and dextropropoxyphene.

Most Commonly Abused Opioids

Due in large part to the euphoria that they produce, opioids are very popular recreational drugs. The most commonly abused illicit opioid drugs are probably heroin and fentanyl. It’s worth noting that fentanyl is a harsh opioid that is many times more powerful than heroin. As a point of reference, fentanyl is the opioid that has been in the headlines in recent years.

Prescription opioid painkillers are also some of the most commonly abused forms of opioids. This is because people can easily access them by getting a prescription to treat pain.

Another reason why prescription opioid painkillers are so popular is that most of them are affordable. A third reason why prescription opioid painkillers are so popular is that it’s easy to hide abuse of prescription opioid painkillers.

The ability to easily hide one’s prescription opioid painkiller abuse makes it easy for people to abuse this type of drug for a long period of time before recognizing that they need to attend addiction treatment. Prescription opioid painkillers that are often abused include OxtyContin, codeine, tramadol, and methadone.

The Effects of Opioid Abuse on the Brain and Body

From a scientific point of view, opioids attach themselves to the pain receptors in the brain. They serve to interrupt feelings of pain. These drugs are also popular because they create a bit of euphoria or a state of relaxation in the early days of abuse.

As time goes on, opioids can start breaking down the body. They can even cause brain damage. Opioids are also highly addictive. For example, some people have reported the onset of an addiction to heroin in as little as a week of significant abuse.

Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction has the ability to devastate lives. Hence, it’s very rare for someone to have an addiction to opioids without it becoming quite evident to the people around them.

With that in mind, you should know that the signs and symptoms of opioid addiction can take two forms: physical and behavioral. As a point of reference, here are some of the more common signs and symptoms of opioid addiction:

  • Inability to manage personal responsibilities like paying bills
  • Constant need to keep increasing doses to get the desired effect
  • Illicit behavior related to buying or selling opioids
  • Relationship problems at school, home, and work
  • Unkempt personal appearance
  • Significant weight loss
  • Sleeping problems

Signs of an Opioid Overdose

Given the dangerous nature of some opioid substances, opioid overdoses are far too frequent. Perhaps, some overdose deaths would be preventable if people knew how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose.

The signs of opioid overdose include:

  • Tiny pupils
  • Bluish color around lips and fingernails
  • Slowed breathing and heart rate
  • Unresponsiveness to stimuli

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

When a person that suffers from an opioid addiction minimizes or discontinues their use of the substance, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Examples of opioid withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Hallucinations and nightmares
  • Alarming increase in heart rate and blood pressure
  • Cramping, convulsions, and tremors in the extremities
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of body control and function
  • Psychosis

Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Opioid Detox

Prior to entering opioid addiction rehab, one must attend medical detox. This is because of how severe opioid withdrawal symptoms can get.

Many of the top opioid rehab centers offer a medical detox program. They do this to provide a safe and secure environment for clients to detox. Thus, if you should show signs of distress while detoxing from opioids at a medical detox facility, medical professionals will be on standby and ready to assist you. If necessary, the medical professionals at a medical detox facility will give you prescription medications to help you manage your withdrawal symptoms.

Therapy for Opioid Addiction

After going through the detox process, opioid addicts will go through addiction treatment and therapy. In fact, individuals attending opiate addiction treatment will likely go through intensive therapy. Intensive therapy is necessary for those attending opioid addiction rehab so that they can learn why they abuse opioids, their triggers for abusing opioids, and proper coping mechanisms to use to manage those triggers for opioid use.

In many cases, group and family therapy are included in the treatment process for opiate addiction. In both of these forms of therapy, opioid addiction rehab patients get to interact with other people and build upon their support group. If used properly, these forms of support could help to recover opioid addicts avoid relapse.

Other forms of therapy that are effective when treating opioid addiction include:

Attend Addiction Rehab at Grace Land Recovery Center

As one of the top opiate addiction treatment centers in Memphis, Tennessee, we here at Grace Land Recovery Center have a strong staff of treatment professionals who are well-versed in treating opioid addiction. We also offer specialized and individualized addiction treatment programs to a wide variety of other substances. On top of that, we offer these specialized and individualized addiction treatment programs in a Memphis community that is warm and welcoming.

If you are tired of struggling with an addiction to opioids or some other substance, this is as good a time as any to stop using. You will need help, and we would be glad to deliver that help. For information about our services and facility here at Grace Land Recovery Center, contact us today!

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To learn more about our facility, feel free to contact us anytime. Our phone lines are open 24/7 just to take any calls that come our way. At Grace Land Recovery Center, we always put the needs of our patients first. Therefore, you can rest assured that you’re in compassionate and caring hands when receiving care at our treatment center. So what are you waiting for? Contact us and begin your journey to achieving sobriety today!

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Grace Land Recovery Center is a dual diagnosis treatment center located in the Memphis, Tennessee area. Our address is 134 Timber Creek Drive Cordova, Tennessee 38018. To visit our treatment center during business hours, feel free to stop by anytime Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. You can also contact us over the phone at 615-785-1137.

Our phone lines are open 24/7 just so that we can receive any important calls that come our way. If we happen to miss your call, we’ll make sure to try to call you back immediately. Another way that you can get in contact with us here at Grace Land Recovery Center is through email; you can message us at info@gracelandrecovery.com. You can also get in contact with someone at our facility by emailing jim.h@gracelandrecovery.com.

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