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Opioids are among some of the most addictive substances. Some common opioids include codeine, Vicodin, morphine, fentanyl, and oxycodone. These drugs are usually prescribed to treat pain. However, because of the sense of well-being and euphoria they produce, individuals can begin to abuse them. Unfortunately, misusing an opioid over time increases your risk of forming a dependency. When this happens, you require more frequent and stronger doses and experience withdrawal symptoms when you fail to get enough of the drug. This is how abuse leads to addiction. Fortunately, Integrative Life Center is here to help. Our opioid abuse treatment program offers an integrated, personalized approach to helping you or a loved one heal from the disease of addiction. Through a combination of traditional and alternative therapies, our evidence-based and holistic treatments allow patients to address their addiction and underlying mental health issues

What Are Opioids?

As a central nervous system depressants, opioids create euphoric and calming effects. When individuals use them, they prompt the brain to release more dopamine, a pleasurable neurotransmitter. Unfortunately, after repeated use, your brain chemistry is altered. The brain becomes reliant on the drug to regulate and release dopamine. This is how dependency or addiction forms. When individuals stop using opioids or, in many cases, fail to use enough they begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. These opioid withdrawal symptoms can be quite severe and regularly lead individuals struggling with opioid use disorder to relapse or continue using. Some of the most commonly abused opioids include:

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  • Oxycodone
  • Oxycontin
  • Morphine
  • Opana
  • Suboxone and Subutex

Many opioids are prescription medications used to treat chronic, traumatic, and surgical pain. Unfortunately, even taking opioids exactly as prescribed can lead to a physical dependency. Thus, the use of opioids needs to be strictly controlled and monitored. Often, people who become addicted to opioids have done so through no fault of their own. Addiction is a disease. So, when someone becomes ill, they need the professional help of an opioid abuse treatment program to get healthy again. Treating opioid use disorder involves not only addressing the physical side of addiction but its mental component as well. When individuals enter an opioid abuse treatment program they get exactly this kind of care.

How An Opioid Abuse Treatment Program Helps

Overcoming opioid substance use disorder requires professional assistance. Not only do you need medically-supervised detox to address the drug’s physical effects on your body but also counselors and therapists to address your underlying issues. Thus, an opioid abuse treatment program makes sure patients and those working with them understand one another. We cooperatively build a treatment plan alongside patients to give them the best path towards a successful recovery.

Thus, one of the most beneficial aspects of our opioid abuse treatment program is the therapeutic options patients will have. During counseling sessions, patients work with a therapist who understands opioid addiction addressing triggers, motivations, and healthy coping options. For instance, we use a wide range of evidence-based treatment programs for opioid addiction, including:

These therapies, alongside many others, help patients make progress towards their end goal of lasting sobriety and recovery.

Integrative Life Center

When you enter an opioid abuse treatment program, we’ll help you see you understand all the symptoms of your addiction. At Integrative Life Center, we strive to help you overcome your dependency, so your work performance, relationships, or personal life doesn’t suffer. Also, we aim to give you the support and resources you need to repair any damage you’ve done to your self (body and mind) or others. So reach out to us today at 615.378.8806 to explore your options and begin recovery.

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