The opioid epidemic has had a stranglehold on the United States since the 1990s and overdose fatalities continue to grow. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 128 people die every day due to opioid overdose.
If you or a loved one is suffering from opioid abuse, you’ve come to the right place. The opioid rehab at Asheville Recovery Center has the exact tools, methods, and therapies to help you or your loved one overcome this opioid addiction and make sobriety a reality.
Table of Contents
- Opioid Statistics
- How Opioid Addictions Happen
- Is Opioid Treatment Necessary?
- How Opioid Treatment Begins
- Family Support at Rehab Centers
- The Treatment Options
- Which Program is Right?
- Are You Ready to Recover from Your Opioid Addiction?
North Carolina is one of the many states that have been severely impacted by the opioid crisis. In 2018 alone, an estimated 79% of drug overdose deaths involved opioids for a total of 1,783 fatalities in the state. Within the same year, 61 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons were written compared to the average U.S. rate of 51 prescriptions. The current influx of opioid-related deaths is a direct result of the recent emergence of fully synthetic opiates, mainly fentanyl, which was responsible for over 28,400 deaths in the United States in 2018.
Opioid dependence is sinister and merciless. Because of the highly addictive nature of opiates, anyone can easily fall victim to this addiction. Many opioid addictions begin with prescribed pain relievers after an injury or post-surgery. Other common means of dependence include, but are not limited to, personal struggles, environment, or a genetic predisposition to addiction. There are several commonly prescribed opioids available today. They include:
Opioids can be divided into three categories: Natural, Semi-synthetic, and fully-synthetic. Natural opioids are compounds that are not chemically altered. These include morphine, codeine, and thebaine. Semi-synthetic opioids are natural compounds that are then chemically altered to create the desired drug effect. These include hydrocodone, oxycodone(Oxycontin), hydromorphone, and heroin. Fully-synthetic opioids are completely manmade and not derived from any natural source. These include fentanyl, methadone, and tramadol, among others.
Despite the difference in synthesis, all opiates affect the brain in a similar manner. When ingested, the brain’s receptors are stimulated and dopamine is released into the bloodstream. This generates a feeling of euphoria for the user. After regular use, the brain will eventually grow unable to naturally produce dopamine without the use of opioids, and so begins the dependency that often leads to addiction.
Is Opioid Treatment Necessary?
Addiction treatment is not always a favored option, but it is oftentimes the necessary one. By answering the questions below, you can gauge whether you or a loved one is in need of professional treatment:
- Is there an obsession with obtaining a supply? Do they become angry or irrational if they can’t find their preferred drug?
- Is drug use becoming a financial burden?
- Are relationships being affected by your drug use?
- When the user hasn’t used the drug of choice for a period of time, is there physical discomfort like sweating, shaking, fever, or muscle aches?
If the answer to any of those questions is yes, opioid addiction treatment is necessary, and we are here to help. The most common sides of opioid addiction are:
- Excessive drowsiness
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Weakened immune system
- Weight loss
- Lack of proper hygiene
- Financial difficulty
If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above, it is likely time to begin seeking treatment services. Before beginning treatment at Asheville Recovery Center, medical detox is required.
How Opioid Treatment Begins
The pathway to sobriety can only begin once the body is completely absent of opioids. This process is called detox. Due to the complexity and risk, medically supervised detox is required by our specialists. This ensures proper treatment within a well-equipped, professional setting. With specially trained support throughout the detox process, the individual will be made as comfortable as possible as their body naturally sheds its dependence on the drug. There will be temporary withdrawal symptoms that develop during detox, which include:
- Increased Heart Rate
- Stomach Aches/Vomiting/Diarrhea
- Chills and Sweats
- Body Aches
- Mood Swings
Although these symptoms can be unpleasant, they fade as does physical dependence. Typically, medical detox is a 5-7 day process with the peak withdrawal symptoms setting in around day 3.
Because some cases of withdrawal are so severe, many individuals who attempt to undergo the detox process on their own tend to relapse. By using the services of a medical detox program, trained professionals will help to relieve those symptoms and will work to make you as comfortable as possible through your detox process.
Once medically supervised detoxification has been completed, addiction treatment specialists will invite the individual to begin a customized treatment program within our facility. Here at Asheville Recovery Center, every client is unique and we are fully prepared to address individual needs in order to ensure a successful recovery.
Finding the Perfect Treatment Program
Because there are so many addiction treatment programs available today, it is important to make an informed choice based on your or your loved one’s specific needs.
When an individual chooses Asheville Recovery Center to treat opioid addiction, we create a plan that is custom fit using our proven techniques and methods. We know that what works for one opioid addict may not work for another.
Through professionally developed treatment options, our addiction specialists are able to customize any treatment plan to suit the individual. Because the road to recovery is not one-size-fits-all, we utilize an array of therapeutic methods and treatment programs so that each client is uniquely treated and fully equipped for a successful recovery.
Family Support at Rehab Centers
Rehabilitation centers are support systems for clients and family, alike. Family members and friends are victims of addiction as well, having been on the receiving end of lies and neglect, and often have been taken advantage of time and time again.
It is extremely painful for loved ones to watch addiction manifest and it can create unhealthy, emotional responses that need to be managed and supported. Successful recovery requires a supportive, informed family and friend unit. If the addict prefers, they will also be able to communicate with family during the rehab process. The support team will make sure the contact with family members is healthy and conducive to the journey, so the healing can begin and continue for everyone. The family support we provide has several benefits, including:
- Establishing healthy boundaries for one another
- Regaining lost trust and respect
- Learning effective communication skills
- The opportunity to share feelings of hurt, sadness, and anger
- Improving the overall relationship quality
Family therapy is not a requirement for your opioid treatment plan at Asheville Recovery Center, but it is an option available that we highly recommend. If you think you or your loved ones might benefit from a family counseling program, we can help.
The Treatment Options
We have three forms of treatment here at Asheville Recovery Center. The highest success rates stem from a combination of all three treatment options, but our programs are completely customizable based on the clients needs.
Residential Treatment Program
The addict will move into the treatment center and receive care 24-7 during their time at the facility. Our trained professional staff will be there to provide support so that the client can focus 100% on recovery and nothing else.
There are no temptations or distractions. When the addict is in our care at Asheville Recovery Center, rehabilitation is our top priority, and it will show in the progress with each day that passes.
Partial Hospitalization Program
PHP is for people who need treatment for a large portion of the day but, for varying reasons, opt not to move into the facility. Your Partial Hospitalization treatment will become a new 9-5 job, utilizing the bulk of the day to focus on our proven treatment programs and methods.
This program works best for those individuals who have a sober living environment at home to support their recovery process. Because of their proven success in the rehab journey, the same therapy programs offered in Residential Treatment are also available in PHP.
Intensive Outpatient Program
This flexible program allows an individual to go to work or school while getting treatment at Asheville Recovery Center. It is imperative that a sober living environment is in place, and the professionals at the center will work to make sure the recovery process is happening smoothly, and all needs are being met. Ideally, this step will come after Residential and/or Partial Hospitalization Treatment has been completed, but if IOP is the only option, the team at Asheville Recovery Center will put all systems in place to ensure your success.
Which Program is Right?
If you still aren’t sure, that’s okay. It’s our job to guide the addict through the process from the beginning until the end. Once your treatment concludes, there are programs in place to support the continuation of your journey. Call Rehab Carolinas today to find out which program is best suited for you.