In our nation’s growing battle to prevent and treat drug addiction, opioid addiction has proven a struggle. These drugs have been around for decades and are used as a way to help people manage pain. When used as prescribed, they can be very beneficial; however, they still come with a risk of dependence and addiction. It may be difficult for someone to tell when their use has shifted from helpful to harmful. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, 1.9 million Americans aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers in 2014, and 586,000 Americans had a substance use disorder involving heroin.
CareForward Health helps clients to recognize the impact of addiction through opioid rehab and develop coping strategies to reduce reliance on these pain-relieving drugs. Opioid detox helps individuals to safely work through withdrawal and begin healing their body so that they can focus on treating underlying issues and improving self-care. Opioid addiction is a manageable condition and clients can effectively overcome their substance use and live a vibrant and fulfilling life in recovery. With the proper tools and resources, clients gain a better understanding of how to recognize triggers, cope with cravings in a healthier way, implement strategies for a more balanced lifestyle, and build a strong support system to reduce risk of relapse.
Types of Opioid Abuse Treated at CareForward Health
Opioid is a broad term that encompasses many drugs that originate from the poppy plant. Opium in its natural form is used to create morphine and codeine. Heroin, another opioid, is a synthetic form of opium. These are just three examples of the many different types of opioids that exist and pose a risk of addiction. Prescription pain relievers come in many strengths and forms, making it even more important for people to talk to their doctor about the effects and potential for addiction.
Opioid rehab at CareForward Health can help clients who have developed an opioid addiction, whether to prescription pain relievers or to heroin. Types of opioids treated include:
It’s important for clients and family members to recognize the signs of addiction to these types of drugs. Warning signs may include:
- Taking a higher dosage than prescribed.
- Taking medication more often than prescribed.
- Developing a tolerance. (Needing to take more of the drug to experience the same effects as before.)
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop use.
- Having multiple prescriptions for opioids from different doctors.
- Downplaying, denying, or covering up drug use.
Misuse of opioids can result in slowed or shallow breathing, nausea or vomiting, constipation, itchy skin, slurred speech, or confusion. Opioids are powerful drugs and if overused or misused, can quickly become problematic.
Opioid Detox & Rehab
Opioid detox is one of the first steps of recovery when a client seeks treatment for opioid addiction. Before a client can begin addressing the issues surrounding their addiction, they must rid their body of any addictive substances. CareForward Health partners with licensed detox facilities which provide medically assisted detox services supervised by compassionate and experienced professionals. Clients receive the support they need to work through withdrawal symptoms as safely and comfortably as possible.
Once the detox process is complete, clients begin opioid rehab at CareForward Health. Each client goes through a thorough evaluation to determine their needs and the appropriate level of care. An individualized treatment plan is developed that includes a combination of individual and group therapies and counseling, mental health care, emotional workshops, art therapy, self-care, and more. There are also options to incorporate religious preferences to further stimulate a more engaging and meaningful recovery process.
Both Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Treatment provide clients with a structured and supportive environment where they can strengthen their commitment to recovery while learning to balance the demands of work, school, volunteering, professional or personal endeavors, or other responsibilities. To help reduce distractions and solidify recovery efforts, clients reside in approved sober living facilities where they can embrace the fellowship of others in recovery and live in a substance-free environment. Being part of a close-knit group in which everyone is working through similar challenges can be inspiring and motivating as clients overcome addiction and build a brighter future.