Treatment for Opioid Addiction
What is Opioid Addiction?
Opioids are natural or synthetic (made in laboratories to mimic the properties of natural Opioids) compounds that interact with Opioid receptors on the nerve cells in the body and brain and reduce feelings of pain. Prescription Opioids are meant to be used to treat acute pain (such as recovering from injury or post-surgery), chronic pain, active-phase cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. Many people rely on prescription Opioids to help manage their conditions under the care of a physician.
With prolonged use, the pain-relieving effects of Opioids may lessen, and the body can develop dependence. Opioid dependence causes withdrawal symptoms, which makes it difficult to stop taking them and leads to addiction.
Opioids reduce the perception of pain, but can also cause drowsiness, mental confusion, euphoria, nausea, and constipation. At high doses, they can depress respiration.
Prescription Opioid Pain Relievers Include:
- Oxycodone (OxyContin®),
- hydrocodone (Vicodin®),
- morphine, and others.
Synthetic Opioids include :
- and Carfentanil.
In 2017, more than 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses, including illicit drugs and prescription Opioids, a 2-fold increase in a decade. Fentanyl and Fentanyl analogs (similar compounds) accounted for a significant number of those deaths with nearly 30,000 overdose deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 Prescription painkillers were involved in nearly 15,000 deaths.
The Opioid crisis was declared a nationwide Public Health Emergency on Oct. 27, 2017.
Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Abuse
Opioid Abuse and Opioid Use Disorder has several symptoms which should not be ignored. According to the American Phycological Association, these symptoms may include:
- Taking larger amounts or taking drugs over a longer period than intended.
- Persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control Opioid use.
- Spending a great deal of time obtaining or using the Opioid or recovering from its effects.
- Craving, or a strong desire or urge to use Opioids
- Problems fulfilling obligations at work, school, or home.
- Continued Opioid use despite having recurred social or interpersonal problems.
- Giving up or reducing activities because of Opioid use.
- Using Opioids in physically hazardous situations.
- Continued Opioid use despite ongoing physical or psychological problem likely to have been caused or worsened by Opioids.
- Tolerance (i.e., need for increased amounts or diminished effect with continued use of the same amount)
- Experiencing withdrawal (Opioid withdrawal syndrome) or taking Opioids (or a closely related substance) to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms
Symptoms of Opioid abuse are similar to those found with other commonly-abused substances and even share some of the same characteristics of other types of addictions. However, it is critical to note that Opioids can lead to physical dependence in a significantly shorter time period, sometimes as little as a month.
Withdrawal From Opioids
At TOPSAIL, we understand that withdrawal from different substances comes with different set of symptoms and challenges. Symptoms of withdrawal from Opioid these drugs can include:
- Muscle pain
- Watery eyes
- Increased heart rate
Medically monitored detox
Medically Monitored Detox allows your body to rid itself of the influence of opioids in a comfortable, controlled environment. Reducing the risk and managing the withdrawal symptoms can significantly improve your chances of success.
Medically Monitored Detox can be achieved through a variety of methods, either alone or in combination, including:
- Medications to mitigate the risks of severe withdrawal and/or withdrawal complications
- Nutritional support and physical exercise to promote early recovery.
- Psychological and behavioral counseling and support.
- Supervision by a trained clinical team to manage any emergencies that arise.
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Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Treatment for Opioid addiction at TOPSAIL begins with a thorough assessment of the individual and their situation. An addiction professional will work to get a real understanding of where a patient is coming from so they can help them determine the best path back to sobriety. This review will include the patient’s current physical condition, their medical and psychological history, their background with addiction and abuse (including any family history of abuse), and any other concurrent addictions they may have.
Each patient situation is unique, so we never recommend “One-size-fits-all” programs. Selecting the best course of action is a shared decision between the patient and the clinician.
Treatment Options for Opioid Addiction
Medication is often used to help individuals manage their withdrawal symptoms and improve their chances of success. There are three common choices for medication to treat Opioid addiction: Methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone.
These medications are used, along with counseling and other support. Treatment can occur in several different places or settings depending on the medication used, the patient’s situation, and other factors.
There are generally three types of outpatient treatment settings that are considered for Opioid Addiction Therapy. should be considered. (click to learn more)
- Full-Day / PHP Treatment – Comprehensive treatment programs that meet 5 days a week at our facility in Andover, MA.
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment – An immersive treatment program that helps individuals with substance abuse and addiction problems while they live at home.
- Outpatient Treatment – Customized treatment plans that accommodate work, school, or other responsibilities living at home.
It’s important to discuss the which treatment settings make the most sense for your situation with your clinician
*TOPSAIL uses a network of hand-chosen partners for residential treatment.
Insurance Coverage for Opioid Addiction Therapy
Opioid addiction impacts everyone, and TOPSAIL wants to make getting help for Opioid Addiction easy for everyone. TOPSAIL accepts most major insurance providers in Massachusetts and treatment is often covered in full or partially. See our insurance page for more information.
Opioid Treatment Therapy in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire
Topsail Addiction Treatment was created to help treat addiction here where we live. Opioid abuse is an epidemic and has impacted families and communities throughout Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Our founders and management team have experienced this epidemic firsthand and a long and successful history helping addicts regain control of their lives.
Our facility is located in Andover, MA, which makes it convenient for outpatient therapy from Greater Boston, North Shore, Lawrence, Lowell, Metro-North, and Southern New Hampshire. We are located just minutes away from Routes 128, Route 495, Route 95 and Route 93.