Opioid Addiction Treatment

A review of opioid addiction treatment options and guide to rehab information. Find the help you need here.

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Are you struggling with addiction to opioids?

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Whether you have a problem with illegal opioids such as heroin, or have started misusing a prescription pain relievers, such as:

  • codeine
  • fentanyl
  • hydrocodone
  • morphine
  • oxycodone

or other psychoactive opioids…we are here to help you find the best treatment option for you.


Call 1-877-721-4471 to quit opioids for good.

Our free helpline will assist you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Understanding Opioid Addiction

We understand addiction. It occurs when the perfect storm of time and life situations makes it difficult to continue onward. Opioids provide relief. But that relief doesn’t last.

Over time, the benefits of Rx pain drugs wear off. After a few months of regular, daily use, prescription medications can physically alter areas of the brain that are associated with:

  • Reward
  • Memory
  • Motivation

On top of THAT, using your Rx meds to get high increases your risk of becoming addicted. Not only do you set up patterns and habits in the brain, but you experience:

  1. An increase in tolerance which means you need more of the opioid to feel wanted effects.
  2. Physical dependence which means your body has adapted to the presence of opioids in your system and experiences withdrawal symptoms when you try to quit.

However, addiction does not have only one or two causes. The combination of factors that can contribute to opioid abuse and addiction also include:

  • Genetics (makes up about 50% of your risk of addiction)
  • Environment (childhood trauma, dysfunctional family relations, peer groups, or social factors)
  • Mental health conditions or Co-Ocurring disorders (ADHD, Bipolar Disorders, Depression, PTSD, and more)
  • Lifestyle

The good news is that reputable treatment programs can address the main issues you encounter. Rehabs help you quit for good. And, there are therapies that work to help reverse some of the negative changes to the brain and body that have been created or worsened by opioid abuse.

If you would like to learn more about your treatment options, contact us at 1-877-721-4471 TODAY. The call is free. We can help you find a rehab that’s right for you.

Getting the Best Treatment

The best treatment plan for you may not be the same as for another person who is addicted to an opioid. Instead, the course of treatment that is chosen will depend on:

  • Your personal needs
  • Your medical history
  • Your family history
  • Co-occurring diagnoses
  • Co-occurring addictions
  • Financial resources
  • Individual preferences

You don’t have to find an addiction treatment program by yourself. Call 1-877-721-4471 now for help and guidance throughout the process. Learn about which types of treatment work best and what clinic might be best for you.

To help you in your decision, you should know that there are mainly two treatment models in the U.S.: Inpatient or Outpatient. These define the type of facility where your treatment will take place.

Inpatient treatment means you will need to live at the facility for the duration of your treatment. In an inpatient rehab center, you can plan to receive detox, individual and group counseling, medicine maintenance, round-the-clock access to medical care, accompanying therapies such as holistic and alternative treatment, and an aftercare plan. Inpatient treatment centers are often the most highly recommended help option, because it removes you from other life responsibilities for a period of time. This way your recovery can become the main focus.

Outpatient treatment provides therapy and educational classes on a schedule that allows you to continue to live at home, keep up with day-to-day responsibilities such as work, home and school… all while actively working on your recovery program. Outpatient rehab is not always the best option for everyone, since trying to hold all the pieces together can put an additional strain on you. In fact, outpatient rehabs are recommended mainly for people with high motivation, low drug dependence/use intensity, and access to multiple support networks.

The First Step in Recovery from Opioids

The first step you can take towards addiction recovery is to speak with our hotline support staff who can help you turn your life around. No case of opioid addiction, no matter how extreme, is beyond the scope of recovery. The important thing is to pursue addiction recovery in a clinical setting. Call 1-877-721-4471 and start your road towards an addiction-free life.

Once you get into a rehab, the next step of treating addiction is to detox your body from opioids under the supervision of medical experts. Medical detox is recommended for people who meet one of three main criteria. People who should seek medical detox include those who:

1. … have developed physical dependence on opioids.

2. … have been using an opioid drug chronically, for a long period of time

3. … have tried to quit opioids before and relapsed.

It’s normal to want to avoid pain. But withdrawal and detox does not have be uncomfortable or unbearable. People will usually continue to take opioids due to the fear of painful and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. However, medical detox programs can help ease the process and allow you an easier transition into the next stages of treatment. Medical detox addresses opioid withdrawal symptoms AS THEY OCCUR, including:

  • abdominal cramping
  • anxiety
  • diarrhea
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • muscle aches and pains
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Medical detox professionals use medicines and psychological support to get you through the hard time. So, the fear of facing withdrawal shouldn’t keep you from quitting for good. Enrollment in an inpatient rehab program that provides 24-hour medical assistance, ongoing medical monitoring, and follow-up programs can give you an excellent base for a life of addiction recovery and success.

Treating Opioid Addiction

Detox alone isn’t a complete treatment for addiction to any opioid. In many cases, pre-existing psychological issues compel addictive behavior in the first place. Trauma, grief, violence, and major life changes such as divorce or job loss can cause additional stress and mental pain. If left untreated, these issues can increase the chances of relapse.

Q: What comes after detox?

A: Behavioral and pharmacological treatments.

After acute traces of opioids are safely removed from the body, you and your addiction treatment provider will work to develop a comprehensive treatment plan, that usually includes:

Therapy sessions. They may be individual, or include a group, or your include partner and/or family.

Support groups. Most well known support groups are 12-step meetings and SMART Recovery.

Educational opportunities. Where you learn about the nature of addiction, get relapse prevention training, and get ready for life after rehab with life skills classes.

Counseling. It may include talk therapy, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or other psychological therapies.

Get opioid drug addiction help today. Call 1-877-721-4471 to get the confidential guidance you need. Don’t let another day pass without the treatment you deserve.

How to Help Someone With an Opioid Addiction

If you have an adult family member or friend with an opioid drug problem, you’re probably wondering how you can help. You can start by calling our trusted helpline on 1-877-721-4471 and learn about intervention and rehab options.

In the meantime, here are 5 strategies you can use to help an addicted loved one:

  1. Learn about addiction. You can talk to a therapist, read online, or attend meetings at local addiction support groups like Al-Anon.
  1. Stage an intervention. A common myth about addiction is that a person must willingly enter treatment for it to be effective. You don’t need to wait for your loved one to hit rock bottom to get them into treatment. Helping them get the treatment they deserve may be the only chance they have to overcome their addiction…and sometimes addicts need an intervention to accept that they have a problem and get better.
  1. Do not enable. You can love and support an addict without enabling them. It’s not always easy to do, but when you cut your enabling behavior you are not giving them any support that allows continued opioid use.
  1. Set boundaries. Make it clear that you do not support the addicts opioid abuse, but will support addiction treatment and recovery efforts.
  1. Communicate. You must be non-confrontational and persuasive. But, understand that it’s better not to cut all communication because your addicted loved one will eventually need someone to turn to for help. That someone could be you.

Regardless of how you choose to approach a loved one, make sure you remember that addiction is a difficult thing to fight. Remain positive and hopeful. Having a supportive network can make all the difference in the world for a person’s recovery.

Long-Term Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

Aftercare – a.k.a. continuing care – is a stage of treatment that follows the completion of a stay in rehab. During this stage, you no longer require the day-to-day care provided during treatment and are generally able to function normally.

Aftercare is very important for relapse prevention, as many are at a risk for relapse once being released from a treatment center. Here, we list several aftercare options that are available once you finish initial opioid addiction treatment:

12-step programs or continued support group participation is strongly encouraged and, in some cases, required.

Regular patient follow-up is crucial for after-treatment success. You may need to return for regular check-ups and tests. You may also be referred to a specialty clinic to receive maintenance therapy medicine on a regular basis.

Transition to supportive housing or other arrangements for a controlled living environment post-treatment (halfway house, sober living facility, etc.) can be made. In addition, random or scheduled drug testing can also be included.

Keep in mind that recovery is a life-long process and doesn’t end when rehab ends. Get the help you need with an aftercare treatment program. Call us at 1-877-721-4471 to information that will help you choose the best course of aftercare treatment for your individual needs.

Does Opioid Treatment Work?

Yes! Treatment does work.


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Researchers have been studying the effectiveness of addiction treatment for decades. All studies lead to the conclusion that rehab does help people decrease their drug and alcohol use and live healthier, more productive lives. In addition, although recovery from opioid addiction can be expensive, it is far less costly in comparison with the cost of addiction and the costs that arise from health, financial, and legal problems.

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Reference Sources: SurgeonGeneral: Opioids
NCBI: Effective Treatments for Opioid 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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