Treatment for addiction to narcotics (opioids) has advanced significantly over the years since opioid abuse soared to epidemic levels in the 1990s. Today, opioid addiction treatment programs throughout the United States are succeeding by using various effective combinations of medication and behavioral treatment types that are safe and effective. Here’s some information about addiction to narcotic analgesics and safe and effective treatment in Arizona.
What are Narcotic Analgesics?
Narcotic (opioid) analgesics (pain relievers) are extremely potent pain medications typically prescribed for patients who are in severe and/or long-term pain. Narcotic analgesic drugs should never be prescribed for treating mild or temporary pain. These drugs are often prescribed when no other pain medicines can be used for a person. Opioids (narcotic analgesics) work by changing the nervous system’s and the brain’s ways of responding to pain. Some examples of narcotic analgesics include:
We offer addiction treatment in Arizona that can help you overcome your dependence on narcotic analgesics.
Safest and Most Effective Narcotic Addiction Treatment
Treating opioid addiction with medications and behavioral therapy combined is generally more likely to provide a more balanced and better overall experience for a person in rehab. It enables people to avoid longer-term suffering from post-acute withdrawal symptoms, intense cravings, and other serious difficulties that can threaten recovery.
Medication Treatment for Narcotic Addiction at Renaissance
Various narcotic addictions are treated with the same combination of medications and behavioral therapy at Renaissance Recovery Center. Treatment differences are based on individual’s personal needs and not on the types of narcotic analgesics they have been using.
- Methadone has been used for decades to treat people who are addicted to heroin and narcotic pain medicines. Methadone is addictive when misused. But, many people have succeeded with methadone treatment in well-managed addiction recovery programs.
- Naltrexone is safe when used appropriately. However, patients often quit this treatment due to the side effects of the medication. So, it is generally recognized as a less safe alternative for widespread use in narcotic addiction recovery programs.
- Buprenorphine is a safe and helpful narcotic addiction treatment tool. It is most effective when naloxone is also used to help the patient avoid the risk of misusing it. It is more effective for people with less severe drug addiction who can use lower dosages.
Medication therapies present risks, but they remain a generally safer alternative for people in narcotic addiction rehab than not having any relief during the difficult recovery process.
Behavioral Therapies for Narcotic Addiction Treatment
The most frequently prescribed treatment for a narcotic addiction is psychotherapy (talk therapy). The most commonly prescribed is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), due to its exceptional effectiveness in treating virtually any type of opioid addiction.
Unlike drug addiction treatment with medication, the talk therapy option is free from the risk of potentially harmful side effects. Additional forms of behavioral therapy often used in drug addiction treatment include:
- Stress Management
- Contingency Management
- Life Skills Development
- Motivational Enhancement
- Anxiety and Depression
- Shame Issues
- Recreational Therapy
- Couples Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Developing Gratitude
These and many other forms of non-pharmacological treatment of substance use disorder (SUD) are the safest for narcotic addiction treatment. These therapies typically just involve choosing from substance abuse treatment centers to find the rehab program where the person in recovery can feel most comfortable.
Why Choose Renaissance Recovery Center?
At Renaissance, we provide intensive outpatient treatment for recovery from opioid addiction. Using a comprehensive narcotic addiction recovery program can help you make the most of rehab and minimize the risk of relapse. We’re here for you 24/7, so call anytime.