Your healthcare provider may prescribe an opioid painkiller after major surgery or injury, extreme pain from a disease or other severe health condition, or chronic pain. Prescription opioids are usually safe for short-term use as prescribed. But, people sometimes do not take the medications according to the instructions or use them to get high or take opioids prescribed to someone else. These drug abuses can lead to prescription opioid addiction. Opioid addiction treatment helps people overcome the sense of need to use opioids and advance to a meaningful and satisfying life beyond opioid abuse.
If you've discovered that someone you care about is addicted to opioids, it's crucial to get help as soon as possible.
What are Opioid Drugs?Opioids are a class of drugs including opium, derivatives of opium, and their synthetic substitutes. These drugs, also called narcotics, are prescribed for relief of severe pain. Opioids include codeine, morphine, tramadol, hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, and others. Heroin, an illegal drug, is an opioid.
Medications in Opioid RehabOpioid addiction is recognizable when a person habitually seeks an opioid drug compulsively and misuses it, even when they know the drug is harmful to them. Medications sometimes used in rehab to help treat opioid addiction can include:
- Methadone and buprenorphine: These medicines reduce withdrawal symptoms and extreme cravings. They’re effective because they act on opioid receptors in the brain but do not produce a feeling of being high. This medication therapy can restore the chemical balance in the areas of the brain impacted by opioid dependency. This enables the brain to heal as the addicted person is working toward full recovery from the addiction.
- Naltrexone: This medicine does not help relieve withdrawal symptoms or drug cravings. Its role in addiction treatment is to block the sensation of being high that the opioid user would otherwise get from ingesting an opioid.
Treatments for Opioid AddictionTherapies for overcoming opioid addiction are designed to help you modify your mindset and behaviors involved in using the drug. A comprehensive opioid rehab program builds life skills that empower you in situations that lend to relapse and help you habituate the methods you develop in treatment. Medications can be used to aid the recovery process. Various approaches applied in treating opioid addiction include:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This treatment helps in recognizing and stopping negative thinking and behavioral habits that so many people with opioid dependency experience. The therapy teaches critical coping skills, such as stress management and modifying the self-damaging negative thought patterns that often lead people to opioid use.
- Managing Contingencies: This form of behavioral therapy reinforces indicators of positive change in behavior. It incentivizes the accomplishment of a person’s desired behavior, such as avoiding the use of opioids.
- Group Therapy: Engaging with a group of people dealing with challenges similar to your own can help you recognize that you are not alone in working on difficult issues in your life. You can hear about the struggles and successes others have experienced. These opportunities can help you build new strategies for managing your personal situations.
- Family Therapy: This counseling offers help in healing for families who are struggling along with their loved one who is dealing with addiction. It focuses on helping families repair and strengthens relationships.
What is Residential and Inpatient Rehab?These highly structured programs typically involve round-the-clock care, multiple forms of counseling, and often include medicines to assist in addiction recovery:
- Residential treatment: This program for opioid addiction recovery combines addiction treatment services with housing for participants. You live with your peers in a drug rehab program.
- Inpatient treatment: Patients stay in the hospital for inpatient treatment. The treatment program provides additional care for people with other diagnosed medical problems.
Renaissance Outpatient Treatment CenterOur outpatient rehab programs offer comprehensive opioid addiction treatment for sustainable long-term recovery. Every therapy program is customized for each individual client’s specific needs. The opioid addiction treatment options we provide include:
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): Also called Day Treatment, PHP offers a more intensive level of rehab therapy. It includes individual, group, and family therapy for a number of hours per day on most days each week.
- Intensive Outpatient Program: This is typically a 90-day program. It includes individual and group therapy sessions several times each week, among other services you may need.
- Aftercare Program: Our relapse prevention program is typically 90 days. People who have completed their rehab treatment attend group sessions one night per week.
- Ongoing Support: After rehab is completed, continuing weekly group therapy provides an excellent resource for staying connected and utilizing your support system.