The addiction effects of opioids can be quite severe and can impact many areas of a person’s life. Not only does abusing opioids affect your physical health, but addiction to opiates or opioids will have mental and emotional effects, too. Although people stop using drugs and drinking alcohol on their own every day, experts in the drug abuse treatment profession who see opioid abuse patients regularly agree that opioid addiction treatment is frequently the only way to quit successfully. At Serenity Oaks we offer many different opioid addiction treatment options to our clients. These levels of care include help with managing opioid withdrawal side effects, inpatient treatment, an outpatient program with care level choices which include intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization plans, and many behavioral health therapy options so that clients can address their specific issues with substance abuse.
If you or one of your loved ones develops an addiction to prescription opioids or struggles with any other substance disorders we treat, please call us to schedule an appointment and talk to one of our addiction treatment specialists.
What is Opioid Addiction?
Addiction to opioids is the physical and psychological reliance on one or more substances in this drug category, which contains certain prescription pain management medications and illegal drugs like heroin. Prescription opioids are often ordered before or after surgery for acute pain management, or on an ongoing basis for chronic pain. Heroin addiction can actually be caused by the abuse of opioid pain medication when it is used after someone can no longer get a prescription from their doctor and still needs the effects of opioids to get through their day. If a person is addicted to opioids, they will experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop or cut back notably on the amount of the substance they are taking.
What Are The Symptoms of Opioid Addiction?
Symptoms of different substance use disorders can vary from one drug to another to some extent, but there are also many side effects of using that overlap across drug categories. Many people struggling with substance use disorders, including opioid abuse, downplay the impact substance abuse is having on their life. Sadly, an opioid addict with a serious addiction will cross many lines in order to make sure they have access to their substance of choice or a substitute. Here are some signs someone is struggling with opioid use disorder:
- The inability to control opioid use
- Uncontrollable cravings
- Changes in sleep habits
- Weight loss
- Frequent flu-like symptoms
- Decreased libido
- Lack of hygiene
- Changes in exercise habits
- Isolation from family or friends
- Stealing from family, friends or businesses
- New financial difficulties
What Treatments Are Available for Opioid Addiction?
There are many opioid addiction treatment options available at Serenity Oaks. When you are thinking about beginning one of the available treatment programs for addiction to a prescription painkiller or any other substance, it’s important to ask a lot of questions. There are inpatient treatment options, specialized non-residential plans like Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Programs (PHP), and programs for families and friends to help support someone beginning their addiction recovery. Many clients at Serenity Oaks take part in more than one level of care, often combining one type of inpatient treatment and an outpatient program as part of their continuum of care. We also offer outpatient and inpatient program options for people with a cooccurring disorder like an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or other mental illness. What’s most important is that the opioid or opiate addict gets the right combination of treatments to help ensure relapse prevention and long term success in recovery.
Overcoming Opioid Addiction at Serenity Oaks Addiction Treatment
If you or one of your loved ones is experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms or is struggling with opioid use disorder, call us today at (833) 720-0708. We can help you avoid an opioid overdose and take the first step towards a happier, healthier lifestyle.