Narcotic Addiction Treatment

A review of the BEST PRACTICES in addiction treatment. Plus, a guide on what to do for yourself or a loved one when you’re ready for help.

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Kick an addiction habit…for good!

Addiction to narcotic drugs is a medical condition. Have hope! Medical treatment can help you quit drugs for good. Looking for ways to quit narcotics? Find out more about narcotic addiction and treatment programs in our comprehensive guide. Help is available TODAY.

Learn more about what to expect from a narcotic addiction treatment program here. Then, we invite your questions in the comments section at the end.

Understanding Narcotic Addiction

Medical professionals define narcotic addiction as:

“A brain disease characterized by a compulsive seeking of painkillers, narcotic drugs, or psychoactive chemicals… despite harmful consequences to one’s school, work, relationships, or health.”

But narcotic addiction does not occur overnight.

Before a compulsive narcotic use progresses into an addiction, it is usually characterized through two conditions known as drug tolerance and physical dependence. Users become physically dependent on drugs as a result of prolonged use. With repeated use, their body adapts to the drug so that when it is not available…withdrawal occurs.  Regular dosing can also build up a higher tolerance in users, which means they need a higher dose to achieve initial effects.

But what causes problem use in the first place? A combination of the following factors usually lead individuals to narcotic addiction:

  1. Your genetics
  2. Your culture or environment
  3. Past emotional trauma
  4. Dysfunctional family systems
  5. Your body’d individual reaction to psychoactive drugs

Whatever your concerns regarding narcotic addiction are, be sure that this condition is manageable. With professional assistance, medical detox, and psychological counseling you can get healthy again. Don’t waste another minute and CALL 1-877-721-6695 to start treatment today.

Getting the Best Treatment

If you are facing a narcotic addiction, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to go through this battle alone. Narcotic addiction help is available. In fact, millions of people are in recovery from addiction to alcohol and/or narcotics in the U.S. They live happy, fulfilling lives without the weight of drugs pressing down on them.

But they haven’t done it alone. Drug rehab centers exist to help you overcome addiction challenges. Simply Call 1-877-721-6695 TODAY to get information and support in finding the right rehab option for you. The two main treatment types? You’ll choose between inpatient and outpatient treatment. Here’s a description of each of these different types of clinic.

Inpatient Narcotic Treatment

Narcotic drug users who attempt to recover by themselves may face multiple challenges connected with their surroundings. For example, old friend’s companionship may lead to a relapse. Or, lack of motivation can result in a slip. In contrast, residential treatment for addiction shows effective recovery outcomes. Full time admission into an inpatient clinic means that clients have the chance to be protected from environmental temptations and to focus on internal issues with professional help.

Many addiction specialists highly recommend residential hospitalization so that clients can re-start a healthy lifestyle which does not include substance (ab)use. While helping them focus on recovery, they also learn how to control cravings and other sudden impulses which might provoke narcotic use. Inpatient centers help people begin positive brain changes, including regular meal times, sleeping, and exercise. Combined with Rx medicines and psychotherapy…rehab is THE place to start a new life.

The First Step of Recovery From Narcotics

Addiction treatment resolves number of physical and psychological issues that arise as result of narcotic use. For that purpose, usually the first step toward recovery is substance detoxification under medical supervision. But many people are unnecessarily scared of detox and withdrawal. In fact, medicines have been developed to address specific symptoms of withdrawal and make the process less severe or uncomfortable!

Quit the cycle now…with medical help! The “painful and uncomfortable” withdrawal symptoms do not need to keep you from the life that you deserve. Medical detox programs ease the physical withdrawal symptoms and can help lessen the severity or intensity of the following:

  • diarrhea
  • drug craving
  • insomnia
  • involuntary leg movements
  • irritability
  • muscle and bone pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • restlessness, tremors, or shaking

Medically supervised drug detox is necessary and important step in the recovery process. Medical detox is recommended for people who:

  1. have been using narcotics chronically over a period of 6 months or more
  2. have been using narcotics at high doses
  3. have developed narcotic addiction

Withdrawal avoidance does not recover addiction. Instead, it gets you deeper into the trap. Your way out is just one phone call away. Call 1-877-721-6695 and end pain for good.

Treating Narcotic Addiction

NOTE HERE: Detox is only the first step toward recovery. After your body flushed narcotics from the system, you’ll have to work on the psychological issues revolving around your addiction. This is why good narcotic addiction treatment plans must include:

  1. Ongoing Assessment
  2. Therapy Sessions
  3. Support Groups
  4. Educational Sessions

Ongoing Assessment – Upon entering a rehab, the severity of a person’s addiction will be evaluated, as well as any co-occurring mental or physical conditions. This evaluation will allow the treatment team to create a recovery plan that caters to the person and their specific needs. It consists of an interview, medical history, physical exam, and even drug testing samples. The treatment plan should change as the client changes, as well. Assessment should be ongoing and document a person’s growth from start to finish of the time in treatment.

Therapy Sessions – Rehab is rooted in therapy. Patients work one-on-one with a licensed clinical therapist to address the underlying influences of their addiction and to develop coping skills. In addition to individual counseling, clients can attend group therapy and family therapy sessions, as well. These sessions help us uncover why we use drugs, and what we can do to adapt alternative ways of living with difficult life situations.

Support  Groups – People who attend rehab can develop sober social skills while sharing their experiences related to addiction with a group of peers who are also struggling with addiction. While many are based on the 12 Step Model, other groups exist such as SMART Recovery, Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS), or Rational Recovery. Whichever model you choose, just know that the help of a peer support group is encouraged and often needed.

Educational Sessions –  In these sessions, clients will learn how narcotics affect the mind and body over the short and long terms, as well as further complications. Additionally, these group meetings are designed to help the person in recovery become self-sufficient when they complete the treatment program by providing them with the daily skills they need.

In sum, rehab is a time-limited approach that focuses on:

  • behavioral change
  • self-help participation
  • tools for recovery

The primary goal of rehab is to help recovering addicts achieve and maintain abstinence from narcotic drugs.

The secondary goal is to help the addicted individual recover from the damage narcotic addiction has inflicted.

To find the best medical addiction support for your narcotic addiction dial 1-877-721-6695.

Does Narcotic Addiction Treatment Work?

Yes! Addiction treatment works.

Narcotic addiction treatment programs provide you with both pharmacological and psychological support. This way, you take care of both your body and your mind. You are able to concentrate on yourself, to build yourself from the ground-up. Rehab programs aim to help you:

  • Reduce or eliminate narcotic abuse
  • Remove illegal access to narcotic painkillers
  • Understand co-occurring mental health issues that may accompany your narcotic addiction
  • Develop healthy stress-management techniques
  • Connect you with support networks to encourage ongoing sobriety

Call us at 1-877-721-6695 to get the confidential guidance you need. Our treatment admissions specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide information that will help you choose the best course of aftercare treatment for your individual needs.

How to Help Someone With A Narcotic Addiction

The role of family members and loved ones is very important in treating addiction. So, if you are reading this…take hope! Very few people seek help for addiction on their own. Most often, family members and close friends are the ones with the time and energy it takes to intervene.

So what does work when attempting to help your loved one with a narcotic addiction? The main goal is to help them recognize the problem and look for help. In order to find out how to do that call 1-877-721-6695.We’ll help you assess the problem and then walk you through the steps it takes to get your son, daughter, wife, husband, brother, or sister the help that they need.

5 Strategies to help an addicted loved one

#1. Educate yourself.

Do some research and reading on narcotic and painkillers. It’s best if you know specifically which drug your loved one abuses in order to learn as much as you can about the effects and consequences of that specific drug.

Explore the facts and do not rely on unofficial information. The more you know about your loved one’s narcotic addiction, its characteristics and traits, the more confident you can be in a conversation regarding their specific situation. However, this does not mean to overload yourself by spending countless hours reading and obsessing with this issue. Narcotic descriptions, their side effects, and consequences of long term abuse will not change regardless of how many sources you check out.

Take heart and concentrate on the solution: getting treatment.

#2. Do not enable.

It is natural for families to want to fix the problem when a loved one deals with addiction. Enabling occurs when friends and family of narcotic abusers support the addiction through their thoughts or behaviors. What is enabling?: Preventing someone from facing the consequences of their continued choice to abuse narcotics. Do not pay someone’s bills, give them money, or take on responsibilities that are not your own. In other words, quit bailing them out.

#3. Set boundaries.

This is just one of the steps families can take to stop enabling and start helping. When you set boundaries, you increase the chances that your loved one seeks help. Boundaries are essential for creating healthy relationships especially when addiction occurs. Think of boundaries a psychological fence between you and your addicted loved one. Boundaries establish guidelines for suitable behaviors, responsibilities, and actions.

Weak, or non-existing boundaries show that you compromise with your loved one addictive behavior. Weak boundaries mean you will probably be lied to, cheated on, and stolen from. In order to prevent this from happening here’s which actions you can take:

  • Don’t allow narcotics in or near the house.
  • Don’t allow drug-using friends in the home.
  • Don’t give money to your loved one because he/she will use them to buy more narcotics.
  • Refuse to lie or cover your addicted loved one regardless of the circumstances.

#4. Communicate.

Empathy, understanding and support are the key tools to an effective communication with an addicted loved one. Addiction affects all family members. This disease is often responsible for creating frustration, confusion and physicological stress among family members.

While you cannot cure your loved one’s narcotic addiction, you can have an impact on strengthening the broken communication patterns between you and your loved one. Pick the right moment and approach your addicted loved one with patience and compassion. Most importantly learn to listen, you might get surprised of the things your loved one will say.

#5. Stage an intervention.

An intervention is a carefully planned process that can be done by family members, in consultation with a licensed narcotic counselor, or it can be directed by an interventionist. During the intervention, family members gather together to confront the addicted individual about the consequences of his/her narcotic addiction and find a way to motivate him/her to accept treatment. Interventions face addicts with their destructive behaviors and the negative impact addiction has over them. They also give treatment alternatives with clear steps, goals and guidelines. During an intervention each family member is appointed with directions about what to do if a loved one refuses to accept treatment

Do not let addiction to continue to damage your and your loved ones addiction. Seek help TODAY. No need for hitting rock bottom before you can intervene and support someone on the road to recovery. Call 1-877-721-6695

Long-Term Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

Treatment does not end once you leave rehab. On the contrary, you have many challenges to face once you leave residential treatment. Of them, the most important one is to stay sober.

Aftercare programs can help you do just that. They help you avoid relapse and remain healthy and drug free. These programs are designed as a system of support teaching addicts how to maintain the skills they’ve learned and apply them when needed. Both relapse prevention and aftercare planning begin before release from residential substance abuse treatment and are incorporated into your individual recovery plan.

Available aftercare services:

  • 12-step programs provide a supportive environment for addicts to share their experiences.
  • Individual therapy continues to develop your addiction coping skills and uses various techniques to change your negative and harmful behaviors.
  • Group counseling provides you with the knowledge about relapse prevention, communication practices, and skills useful for repair all broken or damaged

REMEMBER: Addiction to narcotics is a serious issue. Residential treatment is more likely to address this than any other type of alternative therapy. CALL 1-877-721-6695 and start your new life. We can help you get there.

Reference Sources: NCBI: Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction
SurgeonGeneral: Opioids
NIH: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
SAMHSA: Treatments for Substance Use Disorders
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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