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Understanding Opioid Abuse

Understanding Opioid Abuse Recovery

Heroin and prescription painkillers are classified as opioids. While heroin is an illicit drug, prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet are substances that are often prescribed to those who are battling with mild to moderate to severe physical pain. No matter what the reasons behind why an individual begins using these substances, it is imperative to know that when abused, they are highly addictive.

When consumed, opioids have the power to impact an individual’s brain and central nervous system by diminishing pain sensations. When opioid pain medications are used outside of the guidelines provided by a medical professional or taken for recreational use, these substances can bring about feelings of relaxation and euphoria. These feelings are generally what keep users continuing to abuse these substances, which can result in the development of an addiction. If an addiction to an opioid progresses, tolerance for the substance of choice can develop and users must then consume larger doses of the substance in order to achieve the same effects. When this happens, it can be much more challenging for an individual to stop abusing opioids without assistance.

Luckily, there are many different treatment options available that can put an end to opioid addictions. Medication assisted treatment is a proven effective form of care that includes the use of medications that are capable of warding off withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings, as well as the dangerous effects opioids can have on an individual. When medication assisted treatment is obtained at the same time as therapy (such as individual and group therapy), individuals can start working towards a life that is opioid-free.

At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we are here to help you regain control of your life. The medication assisted treatment that we provide is proven safe and effective in aiding individuals towards putting their opioid addictions behind them. The individual and group therapy that we supply only increase the likelihood that patients will continue on with lasting recovery. If you are in search of a program that can offer you truly effective help, reach out to Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers. We want to help you.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Opioid Abuse Recovery at North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers offer a number of medication assisted treatment options that are medically supervised for those who are looking to put an end to their addiction and/or dependence on opioids. Individuals who are aged 18 and older who have been grappling with opioid addiction for at least one full year are invited to participate in our services. Our knowledgeable and professional staff, comprised of nurses, doctors, and counselors, will work with each patient to determine the best types of treatment that will be included in a patient’s process of recovery.

The medications and therapies that could be included in a patient’s overall treatment plan include:

Methadone: Methadone is effective in preventing the withdrawal symptoms and cravings that can develop in response to an individual stopping his or her opioid use. Those who are prescribed methadone will not become high as they would while abusing other opioids, as methadone is classified as an opioid agonist. This medication and its dosage will be determined based on the needs of each patient and will be taken once daily.

Suboxone: Comprised of buprenorphine and naloxone, Suboxone decreases cravings and withdrawal symptoms. This medication can trigger the onset of withdrawal symptoms if it is abused on its own or with other opioids. Taken on a daily basis, the dosage of Suboxone that a patient receives will be based on his or her treatment needs.

Subutex: The main ingredient in Subutex is buprenorphine. This medication works by lessening the intensity of cravings and symptoms of withdrawal and preventing the dangerous effects of opioids from impacting an individual’s brain. Classified as a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, Subutex keeps these painful symptoms of opioid abuse at bay so that patients can focus on recovery. Subutex is taken daily and in a dosage that has been approved by a medical professional.

Vivitrol: A non-narcotic, non-addictive medication, Vivitrol is administered via injection to reduce withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings. Given once monthly, Vivitrol contains a naltrexone, which is extended-release medication.

Individual and group therapy: To increase the effectiveness of medication assisted treatment, we, at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, supply individual and group therapy to all patients. Patients will work one-on-one with a counselor in a private setting to uncover their emotions and how they relate to their recovery. Group therapy serves as a time for patients to come together under the guidance of a trained counselor to speak on a variety of topics, share similar experiences, and provide and obtain support and encouragement to one another.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Opioid Abuse

When an individual gets caught in the throes of opioid addiction, he or she can feel backed into a corner with no way out. However, with the various treatment options out there, individuals can obtain the help they need to end this dangerous cycle of substance abuse. While deciding on obtaining help can be overwhelming or anxiety provoking, doing so can help an individual prevent a number of dangerous consequences, including death.

Many negative side effects are known to develop if an individual does not get help for an opioid addiction. For example, if an individual already struggles with a mental health issue, abusing opioids will only make those issues worse. Agitating already existing symptoms can make the process of recovery more tricky and add to the upset that a person is feeling. Additionally, long-term abuse of opioids can lead to suicidal ideation when mental health problems are occurring. Individuals can also suffer physical effects, such as vital organ damage, and the risk of overdose can increase exponentially.

However, those who are addicted to opioids need to know that their addictions do not have to be permanent. There is help available.

At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our certified and understanding professionals will work alongside of you or your loved one to develop a treatment plan that will encourage lasting recovery. If you or someone you love is ready to start recovering from an opioid addiction, call us right now.