Opioid addiction has taken a severe toll on our society. Every day in the United States, hundreds of lives are lost because of these dangerous painkillers, and millions more are fighting the disease of opioid addiction. As a disorder of the mind and body, opioid addiction takes a severe physical and mental toll that is almost impossible to overcome without proper medical care in a rehab facility.
Also known as narcotics, opioids are derived from the opium poppy plant, although they can also be created synthetically in a laboratory. They work by binding to specific receptors in the brain and blocking pain messages. Opioids may be legally prescribed by doctors to treat moderate-to-severe pain and they also come in the form of illegal street drugs.
Among the most dangerous of the opioids is fentanyl, a prescription drug that is 100 times stronger than morphine. Often used by drug dealers to doctor other illicit substances, this powerful medication is primarily responsible for the steep increase in fatal opioid overdoses.
Other types of opioids include:
The opioid crisis has swept across the U.S. in three distinct waves, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control. The first started in the 1990s, spurred on by pharmaceutical companies assuring the public and healthcare practitioners that legal opioid pain relievers were safe. An increase in opioid overdose soon followed as the drugs actually behaved in much the same way as heroin.
The second wave started around 2010 when heroin became the primary target for people who became addicted to opioids through prescription drugs, and the surge of available, cheap heroin. The third wave of the crisis started in 2013, when the fentanyl first became readily available and began being used to enhance other street drugs.
Opioids are addictive in nature, so sustained use can easily lead to dependence or addiction. When you have a dependence on opioids, when you stop using them you may experience physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, dilated pupils, watery eyes, insomnia, excessive yawning, abdominal cramping or tremors.
If you suspect that you or someone you know has an opioid addiction, here are some other signs:
The ongoing use of opioids can lead to taking larger doses to experience the same feelings, which can make you susceptible to a life-threatening overdose. Signs that someone may be overdosing on opioids are unresponsiveness, shallow breathing, no pulse, vomiting and constricted pupils.
Discovery Point Retreat is a fully accredited treatment facility for opioid addiction. We provide the full continuum of care, assisting you through detox before progressing to a full rehab program with treatments and therapies that can help you change your life for the better. We understand that overcoming opioid addiction is a lifelong journey and we are fully prepared to help you every step of the way.
One barrier to recovery is the possible severity of opioid withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms you feel when you try to stop taking the drug can be so intense that stopping becomes extremely difficult without medical assistance. To help you get through withdrawal as safely and comfortably as possible, we have a medical detox program that provides you with medications that are approved for use in opioid detox. The medications essentially work by helping to taper you off the drug at a controlled pace, making the intense flu-like symptoms and cravings much easier to bear.
It generally takes about five to seven days for the majority of the symptoms that you feel during detox to dissipate. However, medical detox is just the start of your treatment.
Following medical detox, the core of your personalized treatment program begins. We provide evidence-based, holistic therapies that focus on you as a person, not your symptoms. We explore the roots of your substance abuse to help you improve your overall quality of life which ultimately improves relapse prevention.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is one of the most effective therapies for addiction, helps identify problematic behaviors and replaces them with healthy alternatives that help you avoid relapse. We also teach you various coping skills so that you have better outlets when you face triggering situations.
Another type of therapy we use to treat opioid addiction is rational emotive behavioral therapy. It helps by finding irrational beliefs and thoughts and then challenging those beliefs so you can change the way you view certain aspects of substance abuse. Our multimodal therapies examine several aspects of addiction including sensations, imagery, biology, drugs, relationships and cognition.
At Discovery Point, our high staff-to-patient ratio means we can provide you with personalized care. Our staff makes every effort to make you feel comfortable – we treat you as an individual as opposed to just another patient in a clinical-type rehab. Along with our highly skilled and compassionate staff, we offer our treatment services in a beautiful, serene setting that helps promote the healing experience.
You can expect to meet people who are going through similar recovery experiences in our rehab program. We also include recreational therapy activities such as fishing, hiking and animal therapy. These activities can help you enjoy life again by trying something new that will improve your overall well-being by meeting all your physical and psychological needs.