Opioid addiction has affected millions of lives in our country and around the world. With or without a prescription, opioid medications are easier to obtain than ever. Even people who started taking them as prescribed for pain management are finding themselves struggling with addiction. If you suspect that you or a loved one has become addicted to opioids, a quality drug rehab program can help you end the cycle of abuse.
What are Opioids?
Derivatives of opiates, opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone work to depress the central nervous system. They reduce pain, and in some cases they induce sleep. Doctors and physicians prescribe opiates to individuals who have undergone surgery, acquired an injury, and or simply struggling with chronic pain.
When taken as prescribed in low doses for a short period of time, experts consider opioids to be an effective form of pain management. However, because of their highly addictive nature, anyone who takes them in large doses or for an extended time puts themselves at high risk for dependency and addiction.
Opioids alter the way the brain perceives pain. They bind to opioid receptors in the central nervous system and ultimately change the way the brain responds to pain. These drugs cause a flood of “feel good” sensations as they disrupt the reward and pleasure centers in the brain. This activation of pleasure sensors is what users begin to crave and chase after.
Recognizing an Opioid Addiction
If you need help identifying an opioid addiction, consider these warning signs:
- Obvious elation/euphoria
- Noticeable drowsiness or unusual fatigue
- Constricted pupils
- Slow or shallow breathing
- Intermittent periods of nodding off, or loss of consciousness
All of the signs above could indicate an opioid addiction, but the most obvious sign is the uncontrollable urge and craving for more opioids. Individuals struggling with opioid addiction have little to no control over their drug use, even when they know it’s ruining many aspects of their lives.
Help for Opioid Addiction Is Available
If you or a loved one is unable to put an end to opioid addiction alone, professional addiction treatment can help.
At Crest View Recovery Center in Asheville, North Carolina, we offer individuals the chance to heal and recover in a beautiful, confidential, and serene setting. Nestled in a gorgeous mountain setting, we offer treatment grounded in reality therapy that promotes lasting transformation.
Our substance abuse programs include:
- Rehab Treatment that serves as a starting point for recovery
- Evidence-based addiction therapy methods
- Intensive Outpatient Program, or IOP, that eases the transition back into daily living
- Alumni Program that keeps clients connected to not just the facility but also peers in recovery
Our Reality-Based Rehab Changes Your Life
You don’t have to let opioid addiction dictate your life any longer. Crest View Recovery Center in Asheville, North Carolina, is ready to help you tackle your addiction so that you can get back to enjoying life. Call us today at 866-327-2505.