Opiates are a class of highly addictive drugs. Doctors prescribe them for pain. They’re also available on the street as cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl. Opiates are addictive and readily available. Therefore, a specific opiate addiction treatment program is necessary for recovery.
Opiates have been around for thousands of years. The last 20 years have seen a staggering rise in the number of opiate deaths. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discusses the three alarming waves of opiate overdose deaths. The first wave was due to prescription opiates. It began in 1999. That was the last time less than two out of 100,000 people died of an opiate overdose.
We saw the second wave in 2010. This time it was due to heroin. Today, four in 100,000 people die of heroin overdoses alone. The most recent wave began in 2013. Synthetic opiates came on the scene then.
Doctors prescribe them for pain, for example, Tramadol. Illegal manufacturers distribute them on the street, too. An example of these is fentanyl. They’re significantly deadlier. Therefore, the rate of death is still rising. In 2018, 10 people out of 100,000 died of a fentanyl overdose.
That’s not to say that opiate-addicted people are doomed forever. As a matter of fact, a heroin addiction treatment program delivers many people to a life of recovery.
Opiate Addiction Treatment Program
Recovery in Motion offers partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs. Our treatments for opiate addictions frequently include a variety of behavioral therapies and/or medications. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), behavioral therapies are the foundation of recovery.
“Behavioral therapies can help motivate people to participate in drug treatment, offer strategies for coping with drug cravings, teach ways to avoid drugs and prevent relapse, and help individuals deal with relapse if it occurs,” says NIDA. “Behavioral therapies can also help people improve communication, relationship, and parenting skills, as well as family dynamics.”
Addiction doctors also prescribe medications during addiction therapy. They’re another approach to recovery. Research shows that certain medications increase the patient’s likelihood for long-term recovery. However, the patient must adhere strictly to their doctor’s instructions.
Every opiate addiction treatment program is unique to the patient. A program may have behavioral therapy, medications, or both. For example, a patient may uncover the root of their addiction in therapy. This is frequently another mental illness. In other words, the patient has co-occurring disorders. The addiction doctor then adjusts the program to treat both disorders simultaneously.
The FDA has approved three medications for opiate addiction.
Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is the active ingredient. It reduces the symptoms of withdrawals and likelihood of overdose. Additionally, it limits the effect of the medication. These qualities lower the potential for misuse.
Addiction doctors use methadone in some programs, as well. “It lessens the painful symptoms of opiate withdrawal,” explains the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences. “It also blunts or blocks the effects of opiates.”
Lastly, doctors use Naltrexone during an opiate addiction treatment program. This medicine also blocks the effects of opiates. What’s more, it reduces powerful cravings that make withdrawals unbearable.
Family therapy is a secret weapon of sorts. Families often want to help. So, we encourage them to engage in therapy with their loved one. This is for several reasons.
Addiction is a family disease. In other words, addiction impacts every household member, as well as close loved ones. Additionally, the Washington State Retention Toolkit says, “some addicted people engage in treatment because of positive family involvement and intervention.”
Another important benefit is prevention; during family therapy, each participant increases their education on addiction. Additionally, this education can hinder some of the family’s bad habits, such as enabling.
The overall goal for family therapy is to make each person aware of how to live a healthy lifestyle with their recovered loved one. We’re especially proud of our family therapy program. We’ve seen its overall healing ability in so many of our patients. As a result, we’ve enhanced our family therapy approaches in our opiate addiction treatment program.
During early recovery, many people prefer a semi-structured living environment for their new lifestyle. That’s hard to find in a world where weed and drinking are socially acceptable. Sober living is a safe place to call home in a world full of temptations.
Residents pay reasonable rent and pitch in around the house. House managers expect attendance at 12-step meetings and accountability. Of course, residents must stay clean and sober, as well. This environment strengthens one’s resolve for lifelong sobriety.
In sober living, residents can work out new daily routines. This is a good place to practice healthy habits established in your opiate addiction treatment program. It’s an ideal opportunity to practice interpersonal skills, as well. In fact, meaningful lifelong relationships often begin in sober living.
We recognize the value of sober living opportunities. For that reason, we’ve partnered with Paxton House Sober Living to offer our patients a quality sober living option. Paxton House residences are clean and comfortable with plenty of space. They offer laundry and internet onsite.
It’s not too late to take your life back. The opiate addiction doesn’t have to win. Let us guide you to the happy, healthy life you deserve. Contact us today.
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 “Buprenorphine.” SAMHSA, 7 Oct. 2020, www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/medications-counseling-related-conditions/buprenorphine.
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