Opioid Addiction Treatment

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Opioids are a class of pain-relieving drugs. They include prescription painkillers like OxyContin, codeine and morphine as well as street drugs such as heroin. Chiefly used to treat severe pain, opioids work by affecting the areas of the brain that sense pain. While opioids are useful in treating the severe pain associated with surgery and diseases such as cancer, these drugs are also highly addictive, largely because they can create a sense of euphoria in some people. Prescription opioid abuse has become a major public health crisis in the United States.

Sovereign Health provides opioid addiction treatment and detox programs to help patients overcome their addiction and reclaim control of their lives. Our staff also diagnoses and treats any underlying mental health disorders that contribute to the addiction to provide the best possible chance at a full and lasting recovery.

Opioid Abuse

Opioids can be abused in a variety of ways. Even continuing to take painkillers after the medical problem requiring their use has passed is drug abuse. Opioid pills can be ground up and snorted – a dangerous method often resulting in overdose – or mixed with water and injected. Heroin can be smoked, snorted in powder form and injected as well. This makes opioid addiction treatment very difficult.

Initially, most users abuse opioids simply because it feels good – the pain-dulling effects of the drug can create a sense of euphoria in some users. However, the body builds up a tolerance to the effects of opioids over time, requiring users to use increasing amounts of the drug to achieve the same effects. Eventually, users will experience severe flu-like symptoms when they don’t take the drug. This is withdrawal. Opioid addiction becomes less about seeking the initial euphoric rush, and more of a way to escape withdrawal’s effects.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

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Symptoms of Opioid Abuse

  • Behavioral changes such as withdrawing from family, friends and activities
  • Constricted pupils
  • Drowsiness and sluggishness
  • Fluctuating weight
  • Neglect of hygiene and grooming
  • Slurred speech
  • Track marks – needle marks and scars from injecting opioids

Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Cramping and muscle pain
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
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Opioids Inside the Body

Opioids work by binding with opioid receptors, proteins found in nerve cells. These cells are located in the brain, spinal cord, digestive system and elsewhere in the body. As the opioids bind with the cells, they trigger the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with the brain’s reward system. This dopamine release does two things: It creates a sensation of euphoria, and it tells the body to repeat the actions that caused the dopamine release.

The drive to experience the “high” opioids cause can make people engage in risky behaviors. In the case of pain pills, many users grind up the pills to either snort or inject. Since pain pills are designed to slowly release their active ingredients over a period of time, users run the risk of overdose as they receive the entire dosage of the pill in a very short period of time.

Opioids kill chiefly because they can slow breathing to lethal levels. Also, the lethal amount of opioids can vary widely from person to person. Finally, when opioids are mixed with other drugs – alcohol, tranquilizers, sleeping pills – it can greatly amplify the effects opioids have on breathing, creating an even greater risk of overdose.

Long-term opioid abuse seems to create genuine physiological changes in the body. A study cited by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found heroin addiction caused the brain’s white matter to deteriorate. White matter helps parts of the brain communicate and work with each other, and also plays a role in decision-making and regulating behaviors. This is why opiate rehab must done left to the professionals.

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Getting Help for Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction has taken over and ruined life after life, but there’s a way out. Sovereign Health is a leading provider of opiate addiction treatment. Our opioid treatment programs utilize the latest, scientifically backed treatment methods in addition to effective alternative therapies. We provided a structured, medically monitored space for anyone recovering from opiate addiction.

Unlike other opiate rehab centers, we don’t merely treat the symptoms of addiction. Sovereign Health treats any underlying mental disorders as well.

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that manipulates a person’s sense of reward, motivation, memory and a number of related neurological functions.

Why Choose Sovereign Health?

We’re simply committed to ensuring all of our patients have the best possible chance at a lasting recovery. We offer:

  • Joint Commission-accredited treatment
  • Facilities across the United States
  • Comfortable living conditions
  • Evidence-based and holistic treatment modalities

Our patients are treated as individuals, not simply as collections of symptoms. We’re with our patients – and their families – every step of the way, from the initial first interview to helping our patients navigate their newly-sober lives once they finish their treatment. A better life can start today. Please contact our 24/7 helpline to learn more about our opioid treatment programs.