Opioids are highly addictive drugs that are used for both medical and recreational purposes. There is a high risk of abuse and dependency associated with this class of drugs. Patients taking opioid medications are carefully monitored for tolerance and dependency, regardless to attempts made by the prescribing doctor to avoid this many patients do end up addicted to opioids. Those who abuse these drugs are also at a high risk of developing an addiction, most ignoring the risks and continuing its abuse. For most, the only way to once and for all overcome addiction to Opioids is to seek help from an Opioid Treatment Facility.
Treating Opioid Addiction
Opioid treatment programs provide rehabilitation and medical support for individuals addicted to opioid drugs. The treatment program and duration of treatment will be based on the needs of the of the individual patient and often involve medication-assisted treatment. The most common medications used include methadone and buprenorphine, which are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use in the treatment of opioid dependence. The objective of treating opioid addiction is to eliminating the use of drugs within that individual, while improving the quality of life and functioning of the individual patient.
The key to success in treatment is to treat each patient as an individual. Most opioid treatment facilities are aware that there is no cookie cutter treatment plan, and work with each patient to tailor the treatment program to their individual recovery needs.
Depending on the severity of the individuals addiction to opioids they may require detoxification as a part of their treatment plan. This process cleanses the body of the chemicals and toxins associated with opioid abuse. Prescription aids, including methadone and buprenorphine, are available to the patient to help control and relieve symptoms of withdrawal.
Behavioral Therapies are an important aspect in the treatment process. Patients are able to identify the dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and actions associated with opioid abuse. Therapists will help the patient to develop new ways to avoid the temptation of opioids, and prevent relapse.
Group counseling will help patients to understand the severity of their addiction by sharing with others and hearing others who too are in recovery. The objective of group counseling is to allow patients to help themselves while helping others. This will also help to prepare them for returning home, joining a support group and continuing to help themselves by helping others.