San Diego Opiate Rehab
No one is immune to opioid dependence. In fact, every year, thousands of men and women of all ages, races, ethnic groups, and educational levels become dependent on prescription opioid pain medication after their need for pain relief has passed. Others turn to opioids for recreational use and soon find they are unable to break away from the opioid’s highly addictive grasp. The damage of opioid use is not only done to the user, but to family and friends as well. Those who have experienced opioid addiction in some form, either personally or as an on-looker, know the effects of this addiction are devastating.
What Are Opiods?
Opioids have the same effect on the body as pure opium. Some opioids, such as morphine, codeine, and heroin, are made directly from opium. Other opioids are manufactured to chemically resemble opium. The following are examples: the pain medications oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, with brand names such as OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, and Actiq.
How Opiods Work
Opioids enter the bloodstream and attach to opioid receptors in the brain to stimulate the release of dopamine. This release of dopamine creates pleasurable feelings that users often want to recreate. As a result users experience withdrawal symptoms and cravings that can cause them to seek out more of the drug in order to have repeated euphoric experiences. Frequent use can cause the brain cells to change and to feel as if they need the opioid for survival. The brain of an opioid dependent person can make the user feel as if they cannot live without the drug. As a result they become compulsively obsessed with obtaining and using the drug.
Opiod Addiction Treatment
The goal for every patient that enters our DetoxRehab facility is to find freedom from their addiction. Treatment for opioid addiction can be different for each person, so our team draws on the experience of managing recovery programs for over 20,000 individuals struggling with addiction. Under the direction of an addiction medicine physician and using the insights of a former addict, we create an intensive recovery program with long-term support. With this comprehensive approach, every patient is given the best opportunity to end opioid abuse and addiction.
Opiod Withdrawal Symptoms
As with many types of drug addiction, it is nearly impossible to achieve withdrawal from opioid use on your own. It is common for those attempting to quit opioids to experience withdrawal symptoms that can be excruciating. Many quickly return to use in order to stop the pain brought on by symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, body aches, and diarrhea.
Withdrawal can last anywhere from hours to several days, depending on how long the abuse has occurred. It’s important that those seeking to end their addiction seek treatment at a detox facility like DetoxRehab. At DetoxRehab you will be under the supervision of qualified medical professionals that have been trained in the treatment of opioid abuse and addiction. Our staff will be able to provide medications that are commonly used to prevent the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, including: Methadone, Buprenorphine and Naloxone (Suboxone), and Clonidine.
Once the physical withdrawal symptoms are brought under control with the help of these medications and the help of our staff, a patient can begin to focus on the second step of their treatment: behavioral therapy.
An opioid addiction is more than just a physical dependence. Even following the detox period, addicts are still at a high risk for relapsing. Psychological and social factors can be overwhelming, causing addicts to turn back to opioid use. Our flexible and anonymous out-patient therapy and counseling programs provide the support and help patients need while transitioning to a sober lifestyle. Off-peak counseling services mean we offer both early morning and late evening counseling sessions to help support your recovery process whenever you are most in need. DetoxRehab recognizes that staying engaged in your treatment is your best chance for continued recovery. Your first step towards living an opioid free life is to contact DetoxRehab.