The term “opiates” spans a broad range of legal and illicit drugs. Examples include prescription drugs like OxyContin and Percocet on the one end as well as heroin on the other. Each of these substances represents some derivative from the opium poppy. And each of these can quickly lead to an opiate addiction. Seeking a quality opiate addiction rehab is important for recovery.
Why Does an Opiate Addiction Develop?
Opiates bind to the body’s pain receptors. They send messages of well-being to the brain. However, the chemicals in these substances also encourage dopamine release, which results in euphoric feelings. Before long, the drugs rewrite the brain’s chemistry so that it only releases dopamine with a chemical trigger.
Because the body has the tendency to develop a high opiate tolerance, users often increase the dose—with or without a doctor’s permission—after a while. Doing so makes the euphoric effects more pronounced. It also tightens the grip that the chemicals have on the brain’s chemistry. If users try to quit, they can experience crushing physical and emotional discomfort.
To avoid these feelings and to counteract them, people with an addiction may seek out more opiate prescriptions by going “doctor shopping” and lying about symptoms. Others steal prescription pads to forge scripts. Some build up a network of dealers who supply them with pills or heroin.
Overcoming an Opiate Addiction is Possible
Opiate withdrawal is both unpleasant and challenging. That’s why going through the process without medical supervision typically fails. Treating an opiate addiction calls for assistance from therapists, counselors and other medical professionals in a high-quality Opiate addiction rehab setting. Possible addiction treatment programs at these facilities must include:
- Residential treatment that allows program participants to live at the rehab facility and receive around-the-clock support
- A partial hospitalization program for those who work on transitioning back into their daily lives but require assistance along the way
- An intensive outpatient program for individuals with a stable home environment as well as responsibilities they cannot put on hold
- Dual diagnosis treatment that tackles possible mental health disorders alongside the addiction to opiates
- A chronic pain recovery program that helps participants who developed a prescription painkiller addiction
With these programs firmly in place, people struggling with an addiction to legal or illegal opiates can start to find a workable solution. Of course, all of these programs rely upon effective therapies to initiate change. Examples include:
- Eye movement desensitization & reprocessing, which tackles trauma recovery
- Acceptance and commitment therapy that provides a focus on building psychological flexibility
- Dialectical behavioral therapy, which emphasizes a four-pronged approach to healing that includes interpersonal effectiveness
- Cognitive behavioral therapy for the development of new approaches to problem-solving
- Family therapy benefits not only the person struggling with an opiate addiction but also close family members
How Driftwood Recovery Helps Individuals Focus on Sustained Sobriety
At Driftwood Recovery in Texas, our goal is for program participants to focus intently on their recovery efforts. While they learn that addiction is a chronic disease without a cure, we also teach them that it’s possible to achieve sobriety. By being mindful that triggers can cause a relapse, those in recovery build effective defenses.
At our 85-acre rehab facility in Texas, you or someone you love can learn life skills and coping mechanisms. Rather than responding to trigger situations with a reach for opiates, you’ll be able to employ healthy coping strategies.
To find out how you can experience these types of results for yourself, contact the caring therapists at Driftwood Recovery. Call 866-426-4694 and take the steps toward conquering opiate addiction for good.