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Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction is currently a crisis in America. Opioids take the form of prescription pills and illegal substances, such as heroin. From 2017-2018 more than 130 people died a day from opioid related drug overdoses. Opioids are prescribed to help manage pain but excessive use has become widespread.
Addiction Treatment Solutions has been on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic for the last 10+ years. We have seen first-hand what opioids have done to families around the country. The team at Addiction Treatment Solutions is here to help you find true help for opioid addiction through our partner programs and extensive network of treatment providers around the country. Together we can overcome opioid addiction.

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What are Opioids?

Opioids are drugs that bind to specific receptors in the brain that are responsible for halting the impacts of pain signals.This means when you use opioids, physical and emotional pain is significantly decreased. When opioids block these receptors, it also leads to a pleasure response from the rest of the brain. This causes a sense of euphoria, the highest level of joy or bliss one can experience. Typically this is where the source of the addiction comes from; the constant chasing for that feeling and high. The brain gets to a point where it believes it needs opioids to literally stay alive. As a result, you’ll start to crave opioids.

The impact this has had on the country and its people has been nothing short of drastic. This epidemic has taken lives and will continue to do so if we don’t get in front of it. Opioids are intended to be used for short-term pain control, however, in many cases, they aren’t used for this purpose. Some people end up taking opioids for years to help them manage chronic pain. Some people will self diagnose themselves and buy them off the streets. Because of how addictive these medications are, when not controlled and monitored by a doctor, they can lead to full blown substance abuse. Without proper treatment, overdose and death are an unfortunate possibility.

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Signs of Opioid Abuse

If you or someone you know is suffering from opioid abuse, there are a few signs and symptoms to watch out for. Below are just a few of the most common signs & symptoms of opioid addiction:
  • People end up needing higher and higher doses of opioid medications to get the desired high due to their tolerance increasing
  • People will put themselves in financial struggle to buy drugs off the street when they can no longer access it from a doctor
  • Individuals with an opioid addiction will often try to hide their usage due to the guilt of knowing they are addicted
  • When someone goes for a long time without opioids, they may start to develop severe behavioral issues such as short temper, irritability, anxiety, and depression.

Those who suffer from an addiction to opioids are often prone to developing financial and lifestyle difficulties. If you’re addicted and can’t get opioids prescribed to you, you will end up going on the streets to buy them. Eventually you may not be able to afford pills and turn to heroin. Don’t let this progressive disease take hold of you. If you or one of your loved ones is struggling, please reach out to Addiction Treatment Solutions.

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Opioid Addiction Treatment Options

The biggest health risk of opioid addiction is the possibility of overdose. The result of an opioid overdose is respiratory depression, which can stop someone’s breathing and even lead to death. There are overdose reversing drugs that have saved countless lives, including Narcan, however, the goal is to prevent this problem from reaching this point.

Asking for help and going to a professional treatment center is the best option for overcoming addiction. This often starts by asking family members, friends, and even primary care providers who prescribe opioid medications for assistance. If you are at a place where you can’t find help for yourself, these people will be able to find resources that can help someone find help for an opioid addiction; however, it is also critical to ask for help from specialists who know how to treat opioid addiction.
Addiction is a disease and it needs to be treated as such.

Medical specialists know how to identify the root of someone’s addiction, target it, and help people not just get sober but stay sober. Furthermore, medical professionals can supervise someone as they go through detox, ensuring this process is as comfortable as possible. The sooner someone reaches out and asks for help, the sooner they will achieve sobriety.

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At Addiction Treatment Solutions, our goal is to use our 24/7 service to help individuals and families find addiction treatment. Our Solutions Advisors can help you find the right treatment for you and your loved one. We use a comprehensive matching service that encompasses admissions, insurance verification, transportation assistance, and care management that can help you with drug abuse addiction treatment from start to finish. If you or an individual you love is having issues with addiction, please contact us today to find out how we can help you. We would be honored to help you and your family.