Evidence-Based Opioid Addiction Treatment
If you think you may have a substance abuse disorder involving opioids, you’re not alone. Opioid use is at an all-time high in the United States and elsewhere. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly one million Americans have died from fatal opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2017. To put those numbers in perspective, on any given day, about 130 Americans die from an overdose.
You may have a prescription for painkillers and think because a doctor prescribed the pills, you cannot be addicted, but think again. Using opioids can be a slippery slope from controlling moderate to severe pain to intentionally “doctor shopping” to get more prescriptions when the pills run out.
While it’s difficult to admit to a drug problem, it is the first step any addict must make to commit to getting sober. Even if you rationalize that you can stop using your pills at any time, you should realize this is a common excuse an addict uses. Keep in mind, too, that many opioid users don’t always use pills to get high – many can no longer achieve the same pleasure from taking opioids once they’re physically dependent on them, and continue taking the pills just to feel normal and avoid withdrawal.
Opioid Abuse Is Serious and Deadly
Both prescription and illicit opioids are abused, from Vicodin to heroin. Opioids are addictive because they rewire the brain, and eventually the user is unable to experience the first initial rush of relaxation and euphoria. This often leads users to take more pills, in vain, to achieve the same effect. These pills affect the brain by blocking pain signals and releasing the “pleasure chemical,” dopamine, in large amounts.
Some of the possible effects prescription opioids have on the brain and body include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Slowed breathing
Withdrawal symptoms from opioid use can be severe and life-threatening. Symptoms can include pain, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal distress, cold flashes, restless legs, and severe cravings for more pills. Many keep using opioids because they fear withdrawal.
We Are Your Allies in Recovery
At October Road, we offer an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) to help guide you down a path free from opioid addiction. These programs are useful for adults who want don’t want to disrupt their daily lives and responsibilities by having to go to a residential drug rehab program. You’ll be able to enjoy the comforts of home as you attend our customized, flexible program to help you maintain sobriety. While many thrive in an outpatient drug rehab, those best suited to IOPs are individuals who have a strong support system who don’t face daily temptation to use drugs.
Start or continue journey sobriety journey at October Road. Our opioid addiction treatment services in Charlotte operate on an outpatient basis so you can enjoy the comforts of home as you attend our program. Contact ustoday at (833) 993-1914 to learn more.