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With opioid addiction on the rise in the US, Americans can no longer afford to ignore learning about the disease of opiate addiction. It’s getting to the point when rare is the person who doesn’t know someone who is suffering from this horrible disease.
While the war on drugs has largely been a bust, it’s time to spend more time focusing on teaching people about the treatment process. By removing the fear of the unknown, it increases the likelihood people will be willing to step forward and ask for help.
When someone enters rehab with an addiction to heroin, prescription painkillers or fentanyl, they go in with a big mountain to climb. At the low end of the treatment spectrum, they can expect to spend at least 30 days in treatment. At the high end, treatment could last for as long as 6 months. More on that below.
The Opioid Addiction Treatment Process
When a client enters rehab, the first person they will encounter is an intake administrator. The job of the intake administrator is to gather information from clients about their addictions. The necessary information includes detail about the individual’s circumstances and the addictions themselves.
On the seriousness scale, opioid addiction would rank at the top of the list for substance abuse addictions. In almost all cases of opioid addiction, the rehab staff will recommend clients go through a medically monitored detox program. After detoxing off their substances of choice, clients can then move on to therapy where they will work as individuals and in groups to dig away as the causes of their addictions. The detox process makes it possible to concentrate on treatment without interruption from residual cravings. Let’s discuss treatment further.
Medically Monitored Detox Programs
When someone decides to suddenly stop using an opioid substance, it’s a good bet they will encounter some troubling withdrawal symptoms. At the worst end of the spectrum, some of these symptoms could be life-threatening. As a point of reference, you need to take a look at this partial list of opioid withdrawal symptoms:
- Moderate to severe respiratory problems
- Drastic increase in heart rate and blood pressure
- Severe cramping in the stomach region
- Vomiting and nausea
- Loss of the ability to control thoughts and motor function
- Convulsions and body tremors
- psychological problems
- Hallucinations and nightmares that interrupt sleep
Clearly, the list is filled with scary symptoms. It’s for that reason that rehab facilities like ours want to make sure clients have access to medically monitored detox programs. If a rehab facility doesn’t have an inhouse program, they can usually provide referrals.
Addiction treatment professionals have developed detox programs as a way of giving clients a safe and secure environment in which they can detox. If any client starts to show signs of discomfort, there will be a medical staffer standing by to prescribe relief medications for pain and sleeping issues. Once clients clear the detox process, they can move on for counseling.
Longterm Detox Programs
Generally, clients can expect to spend 5 to 7 days going through detox. That’s applicable unless a client enters rehab with a severe addiction to a substance like heroin. In such cases, the client can expect to spend several weeks to several months detoxing. No matter what it takes, the client’s safety is always the number one concern.
When addressing longterm opioid detox programs, the subject of suboxone always comes up. This is an opiate-based substance that addiction treatment specialists use to help slowly wean clients off of opiates. This is typically necessary when going through detox because doing so without a tapering substance is too dangerous.
Suboxone acts as a substitute for the client’s opiate of choice. While this drug also has addictive properties, it’s metabolized in the body differently, making it less addictive. Doctors will place clients in a suboxone program to closely regulate how fast clients go through detox. By keeping tight controls on the process, doctors can protect clients from the worst of all detox issues, permanent health issues, and death.
While most longterm detox programs usually require inhouse monitoring, a client can go through a longterm detox program at home. Doctors will only prescribe this type of treatment option if they believe a particular client is responsible enough to properly manage the process.
After getting through the detox process, clients move on to face the truth about their addictions. They will try to accomplish this by working with a licensed therapist whose job it is to take clients on a journey of self-discovery. A big part of the counseling process requires the therapist to choose the right treatment options. That’s not always an easy thing to do given the range of treatment options available and the uniqueness of each’s client’s addiction.
In this modern age of addiction treatment, therapists like to use evidence-based therapies and holistic treatment options. These types of therapies provide therapists with a lot of flexibility. This flexibility allows them to customize treatment programs for each client.
With evidence-based therapies like Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies, therapists will ask their clients to closely look at the way their negative thoughts or feelings are driving their need to take drugs or drink alcohol. It’s this level of self-realization that serves to make clients aware of how closely their harmful behaviors come from the bad stuff they carry inside. It’s this level of awareness that forms the basis for a client to develop ways to turn their negative thoughts or feelings into positive thoughts or feelings. Once the positive replaces the negative, the client’s need to self-medicate should decrease, as will other harmful behaviors.
As far as holistic therapies, therapists like to mix these in with other options to help address a client’s overall wellbeing. With options like yoga, meditation, massage, acupuncture, art and music, and recreational therapy, clients are taught how to calm themselves and better control their thought processes and behaviors.
The Goal of Treatment
Ultimately, the entire treatment process attempts to do two things. First, treatment has to provide clients with a path towards a lasting recovery. Second, it has to leave clients with the coping and life skills they will need to avoid relapses. These coping and life skills should target the client’s triggers and any temptations that might come along. The good news is a successful treatment program is easy to measure. As long as the client can live their life without hiding in a syringe or bottle of booze, the recovery journey is a success.
If you are suffering from an addiction to any kind of opiate substance, you must know your addiction will eventually overwhelm you. The good news is we can keep that from happening with one simple call. If you are willing to reach out for help, you have every reason to believe you can arrest your addiction and get back to living a normal life. We would be happy to discuss treatment with you.