Opium Addiction Treatment

All you need to know about opium addiction treatment. A definitive guide on where to ask for help and what to expect. More here.

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Reviewed by: Dr. Dili Gonzalez, M.D.

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Opium addiction requires professional help. And help is out there!

Here, we review opium addiction and its treatment. Then, we invite your questions or comments in the section at the end. In fact, we try to answer all questions with a personal and prompt response.


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Getting the Best Opium Treatment

Opium treatment shows best outcomes when the program meets your unique needs. There can never be a standard opium treatment program that fits all cases. This is because each addicted individual has a different:

  • History of substance use and trauma
  • Reasons why they became addicted and continued to use
  • Issues they need to address with their counselors
  • Idea of treatment goals they’d like to accomplish

As a result of different needs, people need a personalized treatment plan that is centered around their own goals.

Having different options to choose from can help you find the best treatment combination for addiction. Review the following treatment options before you make a decision which program best answers your needs:

Inpatient vs. Outpatient

Inpatient or residential opium treatment programs are all-inclusive and provide round the clock care as well as room and board. The unique attributes and benefits which residential hospitalization offers are:

  • 24-hour medical attention
  • Medically assisted detox
  • Psychological counseling and support

Outpatient opium rehab provide therapy and educational classes on a schedule that allows people to go home at night and keep up with responsibilities at work, home and school. However with temptations still surrounding them, opium addicts may relapse quickly if they do not enroll in a residential treatment program that removes from their old lifestyle

30, 60, 90 day treatment duration:

  • 30 DAY (short term) opium treatment programs programs include an assessment, a detox period, individual and group counseling and continuing care planning. One month opium treatment programs are a good starting point that allows individuals to clear their mind and body from addiction. It’s ideal for those who cannot commit to longer stays in treatment either because of financial, family or work obligations.
  • 60 DAY opium treatment programs offer the same services as 30 day programs except on a longer basis. This length in rehab can benefit people who need a change of environment and who are showing progress in their treatment. 60 day treatment plans allow you to concentrate more fully on intensive therapies and can be highly beneficial for long-term behavioral change.
  • 90 DAY opium treatment is recommended for those with severe opium addiction. Longer program are beneficial because they provide addicts more time to work on their addiction issues. This means that they may be better prepared to handle temptation and prevent future relapses. These types of programs often include a move into transitional housing off the main rehab campus.


Your treatment plan can include the following additional therapies: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Dual Diagnosis treatment, counseling and psychotherapy.

Alternative Treatment Options

Holistic, alternative therapies and other amenities can also be included during your opium addiction treatment. Techniques such as mindfulness, yoga, art therapy, EMDR, acupuncture, or animal based therapies can be of great assistance throughout the stages of opium recovery. Holistic approaches and alternative therapies play a vital role in regaining personal balance.

Residential treatment is the most highly recommended help option for overcoming opium addiction. Call TODAY and make your recovery the main focus.

What is stopping you from entering treatment?


Even though many addicts recognize that they have a serious problem, many feel that they don’t have the financial support to pay for a costly rehab stay.

If finance is an obstacle for getting into treatment, here are 7 creative ways to pay for addiction treatment:

1. Private health insurance. Call to learn whether your health insurance provides full or partial coverage for your opium addiction treatment.
2. Government provided insurance: Medicaid and Medicare.
3. Call to discuss options for setting up a payment plan.
4. Your savings account or 401(k).
5. Ask family or friends for financial help.
6. Health care credit card.
7. Crowdfunding.


Many people dealing with drug addiction have jobs and multiple responsibilities in the community. Though they fully admit that they have a dangerous habit, some may not want to take a break from their responsibilities to pursue treatment. But, you may be surprised to learn that you can probably keep your job while in addiction rehab. Check if the following apply to you:


You don’t need to let your worries about home management come before rehab. You will be a better parent/partner/child when you take care of yourself first! Ask your partner, family, or closest friends to help with your children and home responsibilities. Some residential treatment centers allow you to take your small children with you.

Do not let anything get in the way of your change to get better and live healthy again CALL right away and start working on your recovery from TODAY!

The First Step of Recovery From Opium Addiction

Recovery starts with your decision to get help and turn your life around. CALL to begin a new life today.

But once you make the decision…what next? After you commit to an addiction program, expect to go through the following steps:

STEP 1. Intake and evaluation. When you arrive at the treatment center, an addiction counselor or intake personnel will interview you to assess the severity of the problem. They will collect information about your drug history (in case you have one), learn about your family, and may require drug tests. This interview will form the basis of an individualized treatment plan.

STEP 2. Detox. Medically assisted detox will help you flush all opium from your body and prepare you for ongoing treatment. Acute withdrawal is managed with medications which are prescribed as needed. Long term withdrawal symptoms related to sleep and mood can also be manage using Rx pills. These medicines help you stabilize the body so that you can turn your focus on the psychological issues behind your addiction.

STEP 3. Psychological treatment. These therapies are typically included in the psychological treatment of opium addiction:

  • Cognitive Behavioral therapy (CBT) – This is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy that with a practical approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behavior that are behind people’s difficulties, and change the way they feel.
  • Contingency Management (CM) – This is a type of clinical behavior analysis used in substance abuse treatment. CM refers to the application of the three-term contingency (or operant conditioning), which uses stimulus control and positive reinforcement to change behavior.
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) – Motivational Interviewing is a method that works on facilitating and engaging intrinsic motivation within the client in order to change behavior. MI is a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence.

Without rehab opium addiction is almost impossible to overcome. CALL  to find the best suitable treatment for you.

Does Treatment Work?

Yes, addiction treatment works for those who fully commit to it.

In fact, you can achieve your treatment goals only when you are a willing participant! Those who get treatment and stick with it can successfully stop using opium.

Believe that you can change your life! CALL so that you don’t go back to using opium any longer.

Do not quit in advance, TRY to commit to your treatment instead. You might get surprised when you see that you can live a happy and fulfilling life without opium.

How to Help Someone With Opium Addiction

It’s hard to hear that a loved one’s life is at risk… and to understand you can’t fix it. Addiction is a fact, a truth that cannot be avoided nor denied. But once you accept this reality, you may discover that there’s empowerment beyond the powerlessness.

If you are concerned about your loved one opium addiction here’s what you can do:

1. Learn as much as you can about addiction

This will help you understand what your loved ones is going through. Opium hijacks the brain, turning people into complete strangers to themselves and to the environment. However, research should only help you understand, but NOT justify or support your loved ones opium addiction.

2. Find professional help

Opium addiction can rarely be self-managed. The emotional intensity behind the struggles of family members almost always requires the help of a licensed treatment center, clinical psychologist specializing in addiction, or a psychiatrist.

3. Listen. You cannot convince them to get help.

Talking about the problem can be healing for both you and your loved one. But you cannot convince someone who is not ready for treatment that they SHOULD go. Keep in mind the following recommendations:

  • Work on building a good relationship, without judging or accusing.
  • Discuss about the possible dangers of continued opium abuse.
  • Step back if you want your loved one to trust and approach you.
  • Say that you are prepared to participate in every step of your loved ones recovery journey.

CALL  and make your loved one’s opium recovery a reality rather than a dream.

Understanding Opium Addiction

The first thing to understand about addiction is that is it NOT a moral failing. Addiction is a long-term, chronic disease of the brain. The following facts support the explanation of addiction as a brain disease:

FACT #1 Opium addiction is recognizable.

Long term opium use is diagnosable via physical and behavioral signs. The common signs of opium addiction include:

  • Agitation and irritability
  • Anxiety – AND/OR – depression
  • Drowsiness and sedation
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of pleasure and happiness when sober
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Red or glazed eyes
  • Sow or depressed breathing
  • Slurred speech
  • Tolerance (need to use more than before to get the same effects)
  • Withdrawal symptoms when not using

FACT #2 Opium addiction manifests as sudden changes in behavior.

Those who get involved in opium abuse experience problems in maintaining family relationships, meeting job responsibilities, difficulties holding a job or sticking to other obligations or activities. People who abuse opium usually do things secretly, hang out with others who support their drug use and often experience legal and financial problems.

FACT #3 Opium addiction changes a person’s personality.

Opium addicts can be easily recognized through their changes in personality such as: frequent mood swings, impaired family relationships, loss of interest in former activities and responsibilities, poor work performance and decreased productivity. Opium addicts usually forget important dates and events, neglect old friends and family, and spend more time with other opium abusers. It’s easy for friends and family members to agree: an opium addiction is usually unrecognizable from his/her former self.

Q: Which areas of the brain does opium affect?
A: Opium affects areas of the brain in control of mood, movement, breathing, body temperature and digestion. Opium triggers reactions that are similar to extreme stress. Some common changes in personality could involve an increase in moodiness or depression, impulsivity and a temperament marked by guilt or shame.

Q: Which elements contribute in the formation of opium addiction?
A: Genetics and environment are the main factors that trigger an opium addiction.

It is difficult to separate genes and environment because addiction is a disease caused by many factors including what you think opium will do to you. One’s individual response to these type of drugs also contributes to addiction potential. Children of addicted parents are likely to inherit many of the genes that would make them predisposed to become addicts just as their parents. They are also more likely to grow up in an environment that is conducive to opium addiction.

Feel as opium addiction is taking control over your life? Want to stop, but don’t know how? Call for guidance and treatment referral.

Treating Opium Addiction

Opium changes the way the brain and body function.

The initial period of any addiction treatment can be accompanied by intense and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. This should not get in the way of your recovery! Medicines are used to lessen the intensity or severity of symptoms such as:

  • Agitation or irritability
  • Bone, muscle, or joint pain
  • Cramping of the stomach
  • Depression, anxiety, or mood swings
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Nausea and vomiting

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These withdrawal symptoms can be quite uncomfortable, which is why receiveing psychiatric and medical detox care during opioid treatment is VITAL. These factors influence the individual experiences with withdrawal:

  • Duration of addiction
  • Mixing with other substances
  • How high is your tolerance
  • Existence of co-occurring disorders
  • Opium half life

Because of the complication and dangers that might arise it’s rarely recommended that patients attempt at-home withdrawal when significant opium abuse issues are present. Instead, enrollment at an inpatient rehab program that provides 24-hour medical detox assistance helps mitigate the risks of complications or relapse. In addition to detox, ongoing medical monitoring, and a therapeutic follow-up program is recommended.

Long-Term Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

Recovery is an ongoing process that continues for life. This is why te 12 month period after rehab is almost as important as rehab itself. These are the most common aftercare prevention programs that may be recommended to you:

  • 12-Step programs
  • Group meetings with others at similar stages opium recovery
  • One-on-one sessions with a therapist or addiction counselor

Opium addicts who do not have an aftercare plan are at higher risk to relapse and return to their previous addictive behaviors. Aftercare programs make sure to constantly remind people in recovery that they have to work on maintaining their sobriety for the rest of their lives.

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Reference Sources: NCBI: Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction
SurgeonGeneral: Opioids
NIH: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
NIH: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide
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.
Medical Reviewers
Dr. Dili Gonzalez, M.D. is a general surgeon practicing women's focused medici...

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