If you are reading this, you, or someone you know, may be in need of help. Opioid Addiction or Opioid Use Disorder is an ever growing problem across the country for many families. At 2nd Chance Treatment Center, we are here to help you and a loved one understand the addiction, handle withdrawals, and find a treatment plan that can lead to a productive and healthy life.
Opioid addiction, also referred to as Opioid Dependence, Opioid Abuse or Opioid Use Disorder is an umbrella term used to cover dependence on any of the drugs in the opioid family. This family of drugs includes illegal street drugs, like heroin, as well as many legally obtainable painkillers such as Oxycodone and Vicodin, among others. If Oxycodone addiction treatment is out of reach or no assistance with a Heroin addiction, the user will often experience progressive mental, emotional, and physical difficulties due to a need for the drug.
Many signs can indicate that a person is suffering from an opioid addiction or dependence such as uncontrollable cravings, taking medications in increased doses or for more extended periods of time than necessary, and unsuccessful attempts to stop. The progression of addiction is marked by an increase in time trying to obtain the drugs, increased tolerance, continued use despite financial or relationship difficulties, and an inability to meet obligations to one’s job, family and friends. Further indications of a problem include crushing pills to snort or inject and increased or complete social withdrawal.
Prolonged use of opioids can cause some dangerous and often irreversible damage to the heart, lungs, brain, liver, and kidneys as well as bouts of insomnia, depression and sexual dysfunction.
Detoxification is the first step to recovery when treating an opioid addiction. During detox, a patient is prone to a number of symptoms that range from uncomfortable to life-threatening. These potential side effects can involve depression and anxiety, dehydration, aspiration, pain sensitivity and cardiac distress. A medically supervised method of detox using Suboxone or another maintenance medication, as a substitute, will help the patient to safely and more comfortably wean off of the opioid.
After lessening the dependency, a patient will decide, with the help of addiction professionals whether an inpatient or outpatient treatment program will be the best course of action.
Outpatient rehab allows the patient to continue to live at home and continue to work or go to school while visiting the clinic two to seven times a week for as long as a year. Outpatient patients receive maintenance medications to help with the painful side-effects of withdrawal. Outpatient programs offer counseling sessions, similar to the inpatient programs, that they will need to attend anywhere from once daily to every three days.
Our 2nd Chance Treatment Center in Gilbert can help you, or your loved one, find freedom from an opioid dependence. With treatment options tailored to the individual, we have helped many people on the road to recovery. We are here to help the patient from the first stage of detox all the way through their recovery process. If you fear that you or someone that you love are struggling with opioid use disorder or addiction, please contact us today.