Opiate addiction and abuse are problems that are all too common in the US today. Sadly, it’s a disease that progresses quickly. What often starts as an addiction to prescription painkillers can quickly evolve into an unhealthy—and sometimes deadly—relationship with heroin. Users can quickly find themselves in over their heads. An opiate addiction treatment program is key to recovery.
Understanding Opiate Addiction
Did you know that American physicians are responsible for over 80% of prescriptions written for opiate painkillers? This trend makes the opiate epidemic in America a lot clearer. Many people who develop opiate addictions start with legitimate prescriptions after an accident or surgery. Physicians will also sometimes prescribe these drugs for chronic pain. Some of the most common opiate prescription drugs that physicians prescribe include:
The issue with opiates is how quickly people can develop a dependency and a tolerance to these drugs, which requires them to seek out more pills or larger doses. When people can no longer get or afford their prescriptions, they may turn to cheaper, more potent drugs — like heroin. Because of the way that the brain and the body adapt to these drugs, opiate drug users can experience uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms soon after they skip their first dose. In fact, these symptoms are usually what keep people from seeking opiate addiction treatment.
If it was easy to get off of opiates, most people with addictions would do it. Withdrawal symptoms make quitting opiate drugs alone nearly impossible. For this reason, Crest View Recovery Center never recommends attempting at home detox. Going this route significantly increases the risk for relapse and consequent overdose.
Those who have been through opiate withdrawal often liken the symptoms to a really bad flu. Some of these symptoms may include:
- Extreme anxiety
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Fatigue and insomnia
- Extreme cravings
- Body aches
The good news is that it’s possible to relieve many of these symptoms through a medically managed detox. CVRC partners with a local detox facility to help clients get through this first step of opiate addiction recovery. While overcoming the body’s physical addiction is absolutely necessary, opiate rehab is where the real recovery work begins.
Our Opiate Addiction Treatment Program
Sustainable sobriety is possible. Located in the serene Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, CVRC can help you get there. Our reality therapy model is the cornerstone of our addiction treatment approach. We believe that the best way to prepare for real life is to replicate real life situations during our opiate addiction treatment program. As a way to ready our guests for the real world again, we teach basic life skills and help them see that life can be enjoyable without opiates. We do this through activities like hiking, mini-golf and even grocery shopping.
In addition to reality therapy, we offer dual diagnosis treatment, talk therapy and trauma treatment through our continual care model. Clients stay with us for an average of 35-45 days in the initial stages of Rehab Treatment before continuing through to our Intensive Outpatient Program. This sets our guests up for a successful recovery. In addition, we offer an Alumni program to give these individuals a safety net of accountability once they return to day-to-day life.
Don’t let your opiate addiction rule your life for another day. Seek the quality care that you deserve at Crest View Recovery Center by calling 866-327-2505 today.