Recovery and Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Drug addiction treatment in Pennsylvania
Between 2010 and 2016, the number of people who were diagnosed with an opioid addiction increased by 493% – but there was only a 65% increase in the number of people who sought and/or received opioid addiction treatment. At Little Creek Lodge, we have seen first-hand the effects of the opioid epidemic. The number of residents at our facility who are here because of an opioid addiction has increased dramatically over the last couple of years.
That is why we’re committed to helping young men addicted to both prescription opioids and controlled substances. If you are here, you have taken the steps necessary to work on your recovery and to seek the treatment you need to start your new, sober lifestyle. The road ahead may be difficult, but we promise you: we will face it together.
What Are Opioids?
Opioids are drugs that interact with the opioid receptors in the body to relieve people of pain. Opioids can be made from the natural substance morphine, which is developed in the seed pod of different opium poppy plants. Alternatively, morphine can be made in a laboratory. Most opioids are made in laboratories so that they can be prescribed to individuals as pain relievers. When talking about opioids, most people are referring to prescription opioids.
Types of Opioids
Whether made with natural opioids or not, opioids are either made in laboratories as prescription drugs or made naturally for legal or illegal purposes. When scientists make opioids in laboratories, the opioids are either fully synthetic or semi-synthetic.
Common Synthetic Prescription Opioids
Common Semi-Synthetic Prescription Opioids
- Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Roxicodone)
- Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo, Pelladone)
- Buprenorphine (Subutex, Buprenenex, Butrans, Probuphine)
Common Prescription Drugs Made With Natural Opioids
Illegal Form of Opioids
Opioids vs. Opiates
Although most people use the terms opioids and opiates interchangeably, there is technically a difference between the two. Technically, opiates are only natural. Therefore, codeine, morphine, and heroin are considered opiates.
The term, opioids, refers to natural, synthetic, and semi-synthetic opioids. This means that all of the different types of opioids that we just listed are technically opioids. This also means that while all opiates are opioids, not all opioids are opiates.
Why Are Opioids Addictive?
Opioids are addictive because, not only do they relieve the body of pain, but they also cause the body to feel a sense of euphoria and pleasure. Due to the interactions that opioids have with the opioid receptors in the brain, people that use opioids often become dependent on the drugs to feel any sort of pleasure or euphoria at all.
The dependency on opioids to feel any sort of pleasure due to the interactions that this drug has with the brain’s opioid receptors is also true when people use the illegal form of opioids known as heroin. Hence, why heroin is so addictive.
Once individuals develop a tolerance towards prescription opioids, they start to need more and more of the prescription to relieve themselves of pain. Therefore, many people that take prescription opioids start to take more of the substance than prescribed. Others may even take their prescription opioids for a longer period of time than they’re supposed to.
Once either of these scenarios occur, addiction is imminent. To treat opioid addiction, individuals need to attend opioid detox followed by opioid addiction treatment.
Common Signs Opioid Addiction
There are many signs of opioid addiction. Therefore, if you’re concerned that you or a loved one is suffering from an opioid addiction, check for the following signs:
- Spending time with new groups of people while abruptly cutting off old groups
- Going to different pharmacies to get multiple opioid prescriptions
- Losing interest in activities that one once enjoyed
- Lack of personal hygiene
- Increased tiredness
- Sleeping at odd hours
- Frequently feeling sad
- Eating more than usual
- Bouts of energy
- Rapid speech or not making sense when one speaks
- Quickly changing moods
- Not keeping up with personal responsibilities
- Getting in trouble with the law
- Financial difficulties
Common Symptoms of Opioid Addiction
Once individuals develop opioid addictions, they’ll exhibit many symptoms that are difficult to handle. Some common opioid addiction symptoms include:
- Physical agitation
- Poor decision making
- Slurred speech
- Not keeping up with daily responsibilities
- Excessive sleeping
- Mood swings
- Euphoric highs
- Low motivation
Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Intoxication
Some opioids are quite potent. Therefore, even the slightest misuse can lead to intoxication. Signs and symptoms of opioid intoxication include:
- Excessive drowsiness
- Constricted pupils
- Slurred speech
- Respiratory depression
- Track marks or fresh puncture wounds on the skin
- Weight loss
- Mood swings
- Frequent nosebleeds
The first step in treating an opioid addiction is to attend opioid detox followed by opioid addiction treatment. Opioid detox is the process of ridding the body of all opioids.
Like when detoxing from most substances, individuals should always taper their use of opioids when detoxing. Tapering one’s use of opioids when detoxing means slowly decreasing the amount of opioids that one is consuming. Detox is typically complete when one is no longer consuming any opioids and all of the opioids in one’s system are gone.
Opioid detox should occur in a professional medical detox facility. That way, there are physicians and medical staff on standby to provide emergency help to any individuals that are struggling during detox. One particular struggle that all individuals will go through during opioid detox is the experience of opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Opioid withdrawal is the symptoms that a person that has a dependency or addiction to opioids will experience when minimizing or discontinuing his or her use of the substance. Withdrawal symptoms from opioids can be severely unpleasant. As a result, the physicians and medical staff at medical detox will provide individuals that are experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms with prescription withdrawal medication. The process of receiving prescription medication to treat withdrawals during detox, or even addiction treatment, is called medication-assisted treatment.
Common Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
There are many opioid withdrawal symptoms. The common ones include:
- Opioid cravings
- Abdominal pain
- Feeling cold
- Muscle aches
- Bone pain
- Severe sweating
Opioid Addiction Treatment
To overcome opioid addiction treatment, individuals should likely attend inpatient addiction treatment. People who have opioid addictions that aren’t too severe can attend outpatient opioid addiction treatment.
Inpatient Opioid Addiction Treatment
During standard inpatient or residential inpatient treatment for opioid addiction, individuals will live in rehab facilities while receiving 24/7 care and monitoring. Individuals that want to attend a more casual form of inpatient rehab should attend residential treatment as residential treatment programs offer patients more free time. Regardless, though, individuals that attend standard inpatient or residential inpatient treatment have severe addictions.
Outpatient addiction treatment programs don’t require their patients to live in rehab facilities while receiving care. This means that outpatient opioid addiction treatment patients will be able to live in their own homes and travel to a rehab center to receive treatment at designated times.
The most intensive form of outpatient treatment is partial hospitalization program (PHP) treatment. PHP treatment occurs five to eight hours a day, five to seven days a week. PHP opioid addiction treatment patients contain moderate to severe opioid addictions.
The second most intensive form of outpatient rehab is intensive outpatient program (IOP) treatment. IOP treatment occurs a few hours a day, a few days a week. IOP opioid addiction treatment patients contain moderate-level opioid addictions.
The least intense form of outpatient rehab is standard outpatient program (OP) treatment. OP treatment occurs a couple of hours a day, once or twice a week. Individuals that attend OP opioid addiction treatment typically have mild opioid addictions. This type of care is best after a more intensive form of treatment.
Recovery from Opioid and Opiate Addiction
Little Creek Lodge provides inpatient addiction treatment for men only and outpatient addiction treatment for both men and women. We here at Little Creek Lodge use a 12-Step model to help addicts on their path to recovery. Along with clinical care, we offer a program that helps residents rediscover their creativity, their identity, and their spirituality.
Our program is based on the belief that time spent reconnecting with nature allows us to reconnect with our innermost selves, and that a holistic approach to treatment is important to the overall recovery process. Little Creek Lodge residents learn to empower themselves so that they can make good choices and develop healthy, long-lasting relationships with those around them. Together, Little Creek patients and staff support one another while on the path towards sober living.
Residents at Little Creek must have already been through a 14 to 28-day rehabilitation or treatment program, and be fully detoxed without the risk of withdrawal. When an inpatient resident enters our program, we assess his specific needs and develop a 90-day treatment plan that’s tailor-made for him.
Because drug addiction affects how the brain processes feelings, we here at Little Creek focus on ways to help our residents reengage with their physical, emotional, and spiritual sides – an emotional “reboot,” if you will. To do this, we require that all residents:
- Attend daily AA/NA meetings
- Engage in physical activities
- Attend daily group meetings led by a trained counselor
- Spend time journaling, praying, meditating, and/or reflecting on their day
- Take responsibility for their chores
- Cater to their domestic and vocational needs
Receive Opioid Addiction Treatment At Little Creek Recovery
At Little Creek, we treat the mind, body, and soul. That’s why our treatment programs are so successful. Little Creek Lodge offers customized treatment plans to young men between the ages of 18 and 30 who are on the path to recovery. To learn more about our opioid addiction treatment plans, contact us today!