Opioid Addiction Treatment – Get the Facts
Treating opioid addiction is complicated, which is part of the reason rates of opiate overdoses have spiked in recent years. Many people struggle with quitting opioids because the cravings and withdrawal symptoms are severe. Without proper addiction care, relapse is common. The good news is there are many different treatment options available for opioid abuse. With a combination of a medically-monitored detox, daily intensive counseling and medication-assisted treatment options, opioid use disorder is a treatable condition.
The team of addiction experts at Ambrosia Treatment Center can help you or a loved one recover from opioid addiction and find a new way of life. All Ambrosia facilities offer safe and effective treatment for opioid abuse, including drugs like heroin, oxycodone and fentanyl.
What are opioids?
Opioids are a family of medications that work on the brain’s opioid receptors to relieve pain or induce anesthesia. Opioid medications have been around in one form or another for hundreds of years. While some opioids are naturally derived from the poppy plant (morphine), others are partially or completely synthetic (like Hydrocodone or Oxycodone).
All opioids have similar effects, but their potency varies widely. Where medications like Vicodin are used for temporary pain relief during dental procedures, opioids like Carfentanil are an especially potent medication used in veterinary medicine. However, drugs like heroin and fentanyl are illicitly manufactured and sold on the street. Because it is so difficult to tell how potent illicit opioids are, thousands of people die every year due to opioid-related overdoses.
How does opioid addiction rehab work?
There are many forms of opioid addiction treatment, but most experts agree that a combination of psychotherapy, medications and peer support offers the best results. While some people manage to get sober without these key ingredients, it is much easier to achieve sustainable sobriety in the long term by with the help of these tools.
These methods are helpful for all types of opioid addiction, and are commonly used in:
- Heroin Addiction Rehab
- Fentanyl Treatment
- Oxycodone Treatment
- Hydrocodone Treatment
- Vicodin Treatment
- Codeine Treatment
- Morphine Treatment
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used by treatment providers to challenge the thinking and behavior patterns that lead addicts back to drugs and alcohol. Working with a licensed therapist, individuals can talk through their issues and identify cognitive barriers to recovery. CBT works especially well for developing coping skills that can be used when an individual is tempted by cravings or triggered by emotional distress.
Family Addiction Therapy
Addiction impacts the entire family, and family members that live through a loved one’s addiction need access to real support. Family therapy is about working through these issues together and restoring the relationship back to health. Through sessions with a certified family counselor, families begin processing the difficult emotions surrounding their loved one’s addiction. Unresolved issues between individuals struggling with addiction and their family members can contribute to relapse, so it is important to work on these relationships while the individual is undergoing drug and alcohol treatment.
Medication-assisted treatment, also known as MAT, is the use of medications alongside counseling and other therapeutic methods to treat opioid addiction. Some MAT programs use medications in the short-term to help the individual through the detox process, and then gradually taper down until they reach abstinence comfortably. Other programs use opioid treatment medications in the long-term as a maintenance program. Both approaches are effective, so it’s typically up to the person undergoing treatment and their doctor to decide based on the individual’s circumstances.
For individuals who struggle with addiction and mental health disorders, like depression or anxiety, MAT can help by restoring the balance of neurochemicals in the brain. Once normal brain function is restored, the individual can address the root causes of their addiction with the help of a therapist. Common medications that help dual-diagnosis patients include anti-depressants and mood stabilizers.
Peer Support & Meetings
Support from friends in recovery is another essential part of opioid rehabilitation. Most people in recovery find comfort and relief knowing that they aren’t alone. In opioid inpatient treatment, many people form bonds with other people that they maintain even after they leave.
In particular, organizations like Narcotics Anonymous have a long history of helping people cope with the difficulties of getting sober. 12-step programs can help you stay accountable and work through the emotional aspects of recovery. The best part of support meetings is that they are free, focus on long term sobriety, and are available virtually everywhere.
How do you know if you need opioid rehab?
Getting treatment for opioid addiction is a serious decision that should not be taken lightly. Opioid use disorder is a complicated condition that should always be treated under the care of experienced medical professionals.
Typically people come to rehab if they’ve tried (and failed) to stop by themselves or if they want to get ahead of their dependence before it becomes dangerous for themselves and those around them. If you’re asking: “Is my addiction bad enough for rehab?”, the answer is most likely yes.
Denial plays a significant role in the decision of whether or not to get help. This is part of the reason that many Americans who need help with opioid addiction don’t get it. According to SAMHSA, only 11.1% of people who needed substance abuse treatment get help at a specialty facility.
Signs of opioid addiction include:
- Job loss/abandoning responsibilities
- Financial difficulties
- Irritability and Anxiety
- Legal issues
- Isolation and avoiding family and friends
What causes opiate addiction?
The science is still unclear about the physiological cause of addiction, but most experts agree that a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role. While many people are introduced to opioids by well-intending doctors, recreational opioid use has become increasingly common in recent decades. The truth is anyone who takes opioids for any reason could become addicted.
How do I find the best opioid addiction treatment facilities?
The best treatment centers are on the cutting edge of addiction medicine and research. Look for centers that are partnered with university researchers and staying on the frontlines of addiction medicine.
Low Client-to-Therapist Ratio
Having a low client to therapist ratio means that you get the more focused, one-on-one attention from therapists that actually care. Intensive, daily therapy is one of the critical pieces of treatment success.
Expert Medical Staff
Inpatient addiction rehabs and detox centers should have trained medical professionals on-site, including doctors and nurses that specialize in addiction medicine. These medical experts will monitor vital signs and keep you feeling your best while you heal.
Reviews & Accreditations
Accrediting organizations like the Joint Commission award the top addiction treatment centers with their seal of approval. Make sure you choose a facility with third-party accreditations and plenty of positive online reviews.