Opioid addiction is sweeping the nation, as it has for the past several years. Many people get their drugs through a legitimate doctor’s prescription and never intend to engage in substance abuse. Others buy opioids on the streets. Regardless of how opioid abuse begins, even short-term use can lead to opioid addiction treatment.

About Opioid Addiction

Woman with hand on chin needs opioid addiction treatment.Modified versions of narcotics, derived from the opium poppy, provide the painkilling effects of opiates like morphine. Opioids are a huge class of drugs, including heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl. Another name for opioids is “prescription painkillers.”

Opioid addiction is America’s most significant drug problem. These drugs are widely available and many people start using them under a legitimate prescription. Doctors prescribe opioids for the relief of chronic pain, post-surgical pain or acute pain from injury, having written 210 million prescriptions for these drugs in 2010.

How Prescription Painkillers Lead to Heroin Abuse

Prescription painkillers often lead to heroin abuse. This is because heroin is so chemically similar to other opioids and provides the same high at a much lower, more widely available price.

Tolerance to opioids quickly builds in your body and brain. After tolerance, you must increase your dose to get the same effects. This is why using prescription painkillers even as prescribed can lead to addiction for many people. There is also a significant risk of overdose when using opioids, particularly when you keep increasing your dose to feel its effects.

Opioid Addiction Signs

You know you or someone you love needs opioid addiction treatment when you keep using the drug despite problems it causes in your life. Physical signs that you need opioid addiction treatment include noticeable euphoria followed by drowsiness, confusion, tiny pupils, slowed breathing, nodding off and constipation. Behavioral signs include doctor shopping for prescriptions, dramatically shifting moods, extra pill bottles showing up in the trash, social isolation, money problems and legal problems. People experiencing opioid withdrawal experience flu-like symptoms, including headache, nausea, vomiting, sweating, anxiety, fatigue, diarrhea and sleeplessness.

Effects of opioid addiction include short and long-term problems. Long-term symptoms of opioid addiction include a poorly functioning immune system, severe gastric problems, bloodborne illnesses, major respiratory depression and cumulative hypoxic end-organ injury.

Most Common Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction treatment begins with an intake assessment once you enter the facility. A counselor or addiction specialist asks questions about your drug history, last dose, and personal medical history. These questions help form the individualized treatment plan for your addiction recovery.

The first step in opioid addiction treatment is detox. Detox is where you experience opioid withdrawal. In a licensed detox facility you receive medical supervision for the greatest possible comfort, support, and care during withdrawal. Medically supervised detox providers monitor your health, ensure good nutrition and even administer medications for some of your worst symptoms.

After detox you enter an addiction treatment program, also called rehab. Residential, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization or outpatient rehab programs usually include a variety of therapies you need for true recovery. These therapies include:

In therapy, you learn about your addiction, discover the causes and triggers of addiction, gain coping skills and learn relapse prevention skills. Therapies at rehab also provide treatment for co-occurring disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD.

Opioid Addiction Treatment in Newport Beach

Ocean Recovery offers an exclusive treatment program providing both a 90-day extended-care program and a year to a year-and-one-half sober living environment, combined with a highly professional & compassionate staff to help our clients successfully build a foundation for their recovery.

Our Newport Beach recovery center provides opioid addiction treatment through a variety of programs, including:

If you or someone you love suffer opioid addiction, Ocean Recovery offers the treatment you need. A better, addiction-free life awaits you. Only a phone call to one of our addiction treatment specialists separates you from sobriety and lasting recovery. Call us today at 855-271-6289.