WHAT IS IT?
The opioid crisis is the second biggest health crisis in the U.S. (next to Covid-19) and the number of reported addictions and deaths connected to these drugs is staggering. Over 65% of all drug-related deaths in the U.S. are attributed to opioids, with more than 125 people losing their lives each day to it. According to the National Institute of Health, "Addiction to opioids – prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl – is a national crisis." Opioids are prescription drugs that are typically designed to treat pain, either after surgical procedures, or to aid with certain medical conditions. Some of the more common opioids are Fentanyl, hydrocodone, and oxycodone.
Although these drugs are issued for legitimate medical purposes, they are often overused and overprescribed. As is the case with most drugs, users develop a tolerance over time and must consume more to achieve the same benefit. Others simply enjoy the feeling of euphoria and continue to use long after the drugs are required for health or medical benefit. This is dangerous and ultimately leads to addiction and overdose.
WHY IT'S IMPORTANT
A critical step in your recovery
There are several long-term side effects of prolonged or excessive opioid use, many of which are severe and irreparable. This includes intestinal, liver and brain damage. Withdrawal symptoms not only cause physical pain and discomfort, including elevated blood pressure and severe dehydration, but also depression and suicidal thoughts. For these reasons, it is best to seek a treatment program where the detox process can be monitored to ensure safe and healthy results.
HOW OPIOID ADDICTION HAPPENS
Any person who takes opioids is at risk of dependency and addiction. Your individual history and the length of time you use opioids play a part, but it's near impossible to forecast who's susceptible to abuse and addiction of opioids. Legal, illegal, stolen or shared, opioids are responsible for the overwhelming number of overdose deaths in the United States.
Addiction is a disorder in which something that began as pleasurable now feels like something you can't go without. The medical community defines drug addiction as an alluring craving for a drug, compulsive use of the drug, and continued use of drugs in the face of repeated consequences. Opioids are highly addictive, in great part since they activate commanding reward centers in your brain.
Opioid Rehab Center - Levels of Care
In the world of treatment there are typically five levels of addiction care: detox, residential, partial hospitalization (PHP), intensive outpatient (IOP), and outpatient (OP). Our admissions teams, in coordination with doctors and therapists, will determine the best place for you to start. At the same time, all clients must be successfully detoxed prior to any other level of care. While treatment levels vary in intensity, they share a theme of preparing clients to return to their lives with tools that support their recovery. We prepare all our clients for life on its own terms.
Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction
MAT supported therapy is the physician-supervised use of medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). The majority of research indicates that medication assisted opioid treatment has proved to be significantly more productive than conventional psychotherapy alone.
While most other treatment providers only prescribe medication, BriteLife recovery deploys doctor-dispensed medication as an important element of our evidence-based treatment (EBT) program. This is a more effective and responsible approach to the use of medication to treat opioid dependency.
If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, please reach out to our support team at 866-470-2187. Our addiction specialists are available to provide confidential help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.