Treating Opioid Addiction
Most opioid users first begin using the drug as a legal painkiller prescription and never imagine that they will become dependent on or addicted to the drug. As their body adjusts to the presence of the drug and tolerance rises, the user may begin increasing their dosage or frequency of use. The increased use can spark an addictive euphoric high. As a “user” becomes an addict, they will be driven by constant opioid cravings, put their drug use before everything else (their job, family, friends, life goals), and even take illegal action to obtain more opioids. Users who become addicted to opioids are in danger of a fatal overdose.
If you have a loved one who is addicted to opioids, be careful not to enable their drug use in the midst of your concern for them. Many loved ones of addicts will provide food, money, and a place to live in an effort to protect the addict from homelessness or incarceration. As a result, they leave the addict exposed to a greater risk of fatal overdose. Instead of enabling your loved one in their opioid addiction, seek outside support and empower your loved one to make positive changes with the help of a drug rehabilitation program.
If you are struggling with opioid abuse or addiction, do not try to get sober on your own. Although withdrawal is not life threatening (as long as you haven’t been combining opioids with other drugs), it can be extremely painful. As a result, there are high rates of relapse among opioid users who attempt to quit on their own. Seeking the support of a rehab program will help you overcome the initial painful withdrawal symptoms and discover a life of freedom beyond your addiction.
When choosing a rehab center for you or a loved one, you will find that some addiction centers introduce substitute opiates, shifting physical dependence from one drug to another. Instead, seek out a rehab center that will provide a drug-free recovery for true sobriety and freedom for addiction. The 12 step program, as laid out in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, is a time tested and proven method for effective recovery from opioid addiction. An effective program will teach the 12 steps, keep participants busy, teach them to recognize and deal with triggers, encourage open and honest dialogue, address the root causes of addiction, and provide new and supportive relationships for users embarking upon new lives of sobriety.
The Owl’s Nest’s Intensive Program offers residents all of these benefits and more. For 28 days, recovering opioid users will participate in small group discussions, workshops throughout the day, and one on one time with their sponsor. This allows residents to learn the 12 step program rapidly and thoroughly. The Owl’s Nest specializes in chronic relapse and can provide the resources you need if you have unsuccessfully attempted recovery in the past. Participants are empowered by a network of thousands of Owl’s Nest alumni who have beaten their addictions and are living lives of sobriety. For those seeking longer term support, The Owl’s Nest offers an extended program. Participants can stay up to 4 months and continue learning and applying the 12 step program. In this phase of recovery, participants receive help in securing employment so that they can begin to gain financial independence. However, focus is still placed on growing in recovery and pursuing a life of freedom.
If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid abuse or addiction, please contact The Owl’s Nest today.