The Opiate Epidemic – What Causes Addiction?
30 March, 2018
What is the Opiate Epidemic?
News outlets, websites, and social media are overflowing with graphic stories of the issues that the USA is facing currently due to opiate addiction. Several documentaries have been made (and are still being made) about families dealing with the aftermaths of heroin addiction that had started off in the Doctor’s office, with prescribed pain medication usage that had spiraled out of control.
Indeed, the problem has become so commonplace that the narrative has even crossed over into mainstream music, with artists such as Macklemore, Snakehips, and Eminem penning songs about their personal struggles with opiate addiction and the death of friends who have lost their own battle with pharmaceuticals.
One of the positives of this type of coverage is that it can lead to individuals asking, ‘what are the signs of drug abuse?’ Looking at their own consumption of prescription medication and asking if they are comfortable and happy with it as it stands. Although this experience might be initially uncomfortable, it’s important to understand that the treatment of opiate addiction has come a long way, and is highly effective.
It is important to know that if you are considering a treatment, you should look for a program that takes your individual needs into account and tailors a recovery program dedicated to addressing the issues you personally have rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach to recovery.
This article is designed to address few of the questions that you might currently have about opiate abuse and treatment programs. It also addresses what to expect if you are considering Addiction Rehab Centers’ help in addressing your problem.
I’m Worried About My Own Use of Opiate Medication
If you are concerned about your own abuse of opiate drugs or about using street drugs for any reason then you’re probably experiencing pain, fear, and shame. Many people believe that those emotions alone should be enough for you to stop or reduce your usage. However, it’s a cruel fact that instead of encouraging you to slow down, you might actually find that it makes you want to take more.
One of the characteristics of opiates is that they help block painful and distressing emotions – if you are already dealing with physical pain, it can be extremely tempting to increase your dosage to help alleviate the distressing emotional and mental side effects of your existing medical condition. When all of these factors are combined, it is very easy to slip into a pattern of destructive and unhealthy drug usage.
If you are reading this, there is a good chance you have realized that you either have a problem already or you are on the way to developing one. Perhaps, you are realizing that you need to increase your usual dose in order to experience relief from pain and are worried about where this might take you. Maybe you have already obtained a ‘top up’ dose of your usual medication from an illegal source and are now concerned if this is the beginning of a slippery slope.
Where Can I Get Treatment?
Although it can initially be overwhelming to admit that you are facing a crossroad, you can be reassured that there are plenty of options available for treatment. Amongst them is our Addiction Rehab Centers which focuses on providing holistic and effective treatment in a non-judgemental environment.
We use a variety of therapies with a focus on treating the cause of your addiction alongside the addiction itself. This begins with a full medical workup to identify physical and psychological factors that are putting you more at the risk of addiction. If you are suffering from long term pain, this will be considered in your treatment plan.
Along with the physical symptoms, we will also address the emotional and psychological reasons that are leading to your misuse of opiates and identify a suitable treatment plan to help you cope with them. This could mean group or family therapies, physical activities such as yoga or simple mindfulness techniques which will help you to cope with the stressors that lead to your cravings.
What Will the Treatment Entail?
On the first contact with our team at the Addiction Rehab Centers, we will make a full assessment of your current status and recommend either a course of inpatient detox or if appropriate, a course of outpatient treatment. This will be completely based on your personal circumstances, the length of your addiction, and the level of your opiate intake. It’s important to understand that in some circumstances withdrawal can be risky in itself and in such cases, it’s important that you are under proper medical supervision.
There are a variety of treatment options offered depending on individuals’ needs. We will discuss your history from birth to the present day with you and from there will help you to identify the core issues which are impacting on your current addiction and ability to recover from it. Once you have achieved this, you will work with a licensed physician to redefine core lessons that you have learned through your life that might have contributed to your destructive behaviour.
Is Support Available After I Complete My Initial Treatment?
“Addiction Rehab Centers’ approach is based on love, caring, and strong relational community.”
One of the keys to successful and ongoing recovery is being part of a positive and supportive community. We offer outpatient support for as long as you need it – this might include ongoing CBT, other group or individual therapy as well as workshops on pain relief and stress management.
One of the many benefits of getting treatment in Addiction Rehab Centers is that you will have ongoing local area support from our team of professional and caring drug rehab specialists who are fully committed to providing you with the non-judgmental holistic treatment that you need to make a full recovery.
Whether you are an inpatient or an outpatient, you will receive the same level of individual care to help you progress back to both physical and mental good health.