How to Get Help for Opioid Addiction

If you or someone you care about is suffering from opioid addiction, seek help as soon as possible. Opioid addiction is a rapidly growing problem in the United States. In 2017 there were nearly 50,000 deaths from opioid overdoses. From 2012 to 2017 the number of deaths from opioid overdose quadrupled

Why Do Opiates Become Addictive?

 Often, opioid abuse begins with the misuse of prescription pain killers or recreational use of street drugs. Misuse in patients prescribed opioids for pain management is estimated to be around 21 to 30 percent. Opioids act on receptors on neurons to trigger the release of endorphins when reducing pain and create a feeling of euphoria. When you become tolerant and need higher doses to achieve the same effect, that’s a warning sign that addiction is present or near. Family history, personal substance abuse, and a history of depression and anxiety are all risk factors for opioid addiction.

Opioid Detox

The first step to overcoming opioid addiction is detoxification.  The best place to get started on recovery is to find a local detox center. A detox facility can help you develop a personalized treatment plan. Opioid detoxification is not deadly, but it does have very intense side effects, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, mood swings, irritability, nausea, and vomiting, along with intense cravings for opioids.

Inpatient detox centers can ease the discomfort of withdrawal by tapering opioids with various opioid addiction medications. The medications can help you achieve a full recovery. Detox can last from 5 to 7 days or up to several weeks, depending on your condition.

Opiate Addiction Treatment

Research shows the most effective treatment for opioid addiction are medications like buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. When used properly, these medications do not result in feelings of euphoria or new addictions. Fully recovery requires treatment and considerations for underlying problems that may have led to your opiate addiction. Whether it’s pain issues or mental issues like depression or anxiety, a full recovery will depend on getting appropriate treatment for whatever is triggering your opiate use.

Are you or a loved one struggling with alcohol or other drugs? Call us to speak confidentially with a recovery expert now: (901) 521-1131 or visit our website serenityrecovery.org

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