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It becomes increasingly difficult for people to comprehend that someone has an addiction when it involves a prescribed medication. Doctors prescribe opiate-based pain medications for a variety of ailments. These drugs are both legal and useful when used properly. Unfortunately, they are also used in ways not prescribed. The reality is opioid drug abuse has increased exponentially over the past 10-15 years. In order to avoid future addictions, now is the time we want to learn more about opioid drug abuse.
Most of us think of drug abuse as something that only happens on the streets with drug dealers selling to sickly, homeless drug abusers. Opioid drug abuse certainly involves a great number of people that would fall into that particular category. However, there are literally millions of people seeking the relaxed and euphoric effects that come from taking opiates. Yes, there are street dealers selling painkillers and heroin. Yes, there are plenty of people abusing these substances with nothing else in mind but getting high. That’s the dirty side of drug abuse. Surprisingly, it’s also the ordinary working man and woman who often becomes addicted to prescription medication like fentanyl and Oxycontin. Opioid addiction has claimed actors, sports heroes, millionaires, and grandmothers.
No one is immune from an opioid addiction like this. The group of people we should all be most concerned about is the legitimate patients who use prescribed pain medications, yet find themselves caught in a cycle of addiction without the intention of doing so. When someone is in pain, they seek relief. If a doctor decides a patient should no longer be using painkillers, the patient could be faced with a dilemma. If their addiction is already embedded, they may not feel they have a choice. That’s the point where an addiction becomes a tragedy.
Opiates work on the central nervous system. They act as pain inhibitors on nerve receptors in the brain. Unfortunately, they also provide the user with a feeling of euphoria and relaxation. Realistically, these feelings are the primary reason people find themselves in the opioid drug abuse community. The problem with opiates is they are highly addictive. Depending on the dose and a number of other factors, it doesn’t take long for people to fall prey to opiate-based substances. The longer they continue using opioids, the more likely they are to face serious future consequences.
These consequences might include painful opioid withdrawal symptoms if quitting or a potential drug abuse if they keep on using. If opioid drug abuse leads to personal problems, the user may want to quit. Doing so will expose them to a number of dangerous withdrawal symptoms. In order to get past any fears about withdrawal, the user may appreciate knowing that a good detox process will help minimize most withdrawal symptoms.
At Beaches Recovery, we specialize in the treatment of patients who come in addicted to opioids. After an extensive assessment, we will have a good understanding of how to customize a treatment plan that meets their needs. In most cases involving opioids, we will prescribe a detox program. From here, our counselors assign the patient a specific treatment option. The available options include:
After treatment, we offer our patients a wide range of aftercare options to ensure they stay on the straight and narrow road of recovery. If you find yourself stuck in an addiction with no clear way out, we want you to know that the road to recovery is always open. The first step dictates that you admit you are powerless over your addiction. If you can do that, you are ready to call Beaches Recovery at 866-605-0532. We will do everything in our power to help you stop the cycle of addiction on the way to a better life.