Every day in the United States, an estimated 130 people die from an opioid overdose. Opioid use disorders can be safely and effectively treated at opiate drug rehab centers like Purpose Healing Center using medical detox and a range of behavioral therapies. Here’s what you need to know about opiate addiction treatment and how you can get help today.

How Does Opioid Addiction Treatment Work?

Treatment programs for opioid addiction that helps people recover from opioid dependence and addiction. Opioids are among the most highly addictive drugs due to the way they influence and eventually change certain brain receptors and levels of neurotransmitters. Anyone who uses opiates can face the risk of becoming addicted, including those who are prescribed opiates to treat chronic pain.

The staff at opiate drug rehab centers such as Purpose Healing Center will develop customized treatment programs for each patient based on assessment and factors including age and gender. Opiate drug rehab programs aim to help people recover from physical dependence and psychological addiction to opioids.

What Are the Symptoms of Opioid Use Disorder?

Opioid use disorder, also known as opioid addiction, is characterized by a set of 11 criteria as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). The CDC reports that an estimated 62.5% of people who misuse opioids report doing so to relieve physical pain. Knowing the symptoms of opioid use disorder can help you determine whether you or a loved one is struggling with addiction and may need help from an opiate drug rehab center.

Signs and symptoms of opioid use disorder include:

  1. Using opioids in larger amounts or for a longer period than initially intended
  2. Having a persistent desire to reduce or control opioid use without success
  3. Spending a great deal of time on activities to obtain opioids, use opioids, and recover from the effects of opioids
  4. Feeling strong cravings or urges to use opioids
  5. Experiencing problems at work, school, or home due to recurring opioid use
  6. Continuing to use opioids despite persistent or recurring interpersonal and social problems caused or worsened by the effects of opioids
  7. Giving up important social, occupational, and/or recreational activities to use opioids instead
  8. Continuing to use opioids where or when it is physically hazardous to do so
  9. Continuing opioid use despite knowing of persistent or recurring physical or psychological health problems that may have been caused or worsened by opioids
  10. Developing a high tolerance for opioids, characterized by needing higher amounts to achieve the desired effect, or, diminished effectiveness when using the same amount of opioids
  11. Withdrawal symptoms (e.g., nausea, vomiting, insomnia) when abruptly discontinuing or reducing the use of opioids

Which Services Are Best for Opioid Use Disorder?

Unlike withdrawal syndrome for some other substances, opioid withdrawal can be effectively treated using medications. Treatment for opioid use disorder will sometimes begins with medical detox. Medical detox is available at many drug and alcohol rehab centers to help people safely overcome physical dependence on these substances.

Medical drug detox for opioid use disorder usually involves the supervised administration of medications that act on the same brain receptors as opioids do, but without producing euphoria. This allows patients to stop using opiates or heroin without suffering as severe withdrawal symptoms as they would without medical detox. Buprenorphine, naloxone, naltrexone, and methadone are medications commonly used in drug detox to treat opioid use disorder.

Following drug detox, patients can receive counseling and behavioral therapies to help build healthier life skills, attitudes, and behaviors related to drug use. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and family counseling are some of the evidence-based therapies commonly used in opioid use disorder recovery, reports MedlinePlus.

Why You Should Choose a Level 1 Subacute Drug Detox

Level 1 subacute drug or alcohol detox is intended for patients requiring medical care to manage withdrawal, but who are not experiencing life-threatening withdrawal symptoms that would require urgent, high-intensive care. Each patient’s medical history and severity of use disorder is evaluated to determine the risk for life-threatening complications. The level of care for drug detox at rehab centers often involves the use of alternate medications that alleviate the withdrawal symptoms and provide patients with 24-hour access to medical care to reduce the risk of relapse and potential overdose.

Purpose Healing Center offers various opiate drug rehab programs that can be tailored for you or a loved one who needs help recovering from opioid use disorder. Contact us today at 480-579-3319 to learn more about our available recovery programs and rehab locations.

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