Opioid Addiction is a chronic addiction that is lifelong. Opiates are highly addictive and a tolerance is built with each use. As the tolerance is built, the body also then goes through a certain amount of withdrawal after each use and those symptoms increase as the dose needed to achieve the desired high does. As the abuser becomes more and more acquainted with opiates, the option to quit using dwindles into the background and can seem impossible because of the cravings and loss of control when trying to avoid using again.
As with most addictions, realizing that help is needed is a huge part of recovery. Seeking help can be an intimidating step in the path to wellness. Treatment that is administered by medical professionals and Substance abuse treatment providers seems to be the best bet. In a treatment facility abusers are patients surrounded by a regimented environment that can shield them from the dangers of relapse while encouraging them to embrace behaviors that resist drug use.
Treatment typically includes:
- Pharmacological treatment
- Behavioral/counseling assistance
- Co-Support from staff, family, friends
- Addressing lifestyle changes that will support recovery
- Encouragement to seek re-emergence support (return to life)
“Detoxification is the process of allowing the body to rid itself of a drug while managing the symptoms of withdrawal. It is often the first step in a drug treatment program and should be followed by treatment with a behavioral-based therapy and/or a medication, if available. Detox alone with no follow-up is not treatment.” says NIH.
Behavioral Therapy may include a system of therapies that will target certain areas of thinking, as well as including a training for life situations and help with family and friends. Motivational tools and incentives are often paired with support from family and friends, and cognitive-behavioral therapy which is essentially to help “re-train” the brain in its reactions and attitudes toward drugs and alcohol. Residential therapy regiments are very strict and structured and usually employed with more severe addiction cases.
A detox center and its methods of treatment are designed specifically to help each individual take their life back from drug and alcohol addiction. It is noted repeatedly by experts, doctors, and clinicians alike, that just one aspect of the rehabilitation is not enough by itself. Only when the treatments are used in conjunction and full participation is observed will the likelihood of recovery stand a chance.
As with any addiction, the user has to be aware that there is a problem and be interested in receiving help in order for any type of rehabilitation to have a chance at succeeding. Users themselves report poor outcomes on personal achievements and the level of satisfaction they attain from their lifestyle. An urge to change their situation and /or lifestyle is not uncommon among addicts of all ages. Knowing that help is needed and welcoming the means to get that help can give hope while looking for success in recovery from addiction.