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Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioid Addiction Treatment

Opioid Addiction Treatment Centers in Indiana 

Opioids are a type of drug that acts similarly to natural substances that are found in the opium poppy. When taken, opioids act on the brain and produce feelings of happiness and contentment before making the user feel drowsy.  

Prescription opioids are medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. They are used for patients experiencing moderate-to-severe pain; however, if they are abused, prescription opioids can have serious side effects.  

Heroin, which is an illegal drug, is also an opioid. Some people use opioids (prescription and illegal ones) because of the feelings of euphoria (the “high”) they produce. When abused, opioid drugs can lead to addiction or opioid use disorder. At that point, opioid addiction treatment is needed to help the affected person get their life back.  

Common Types of Prescription Opioids 

  • Buprenorphine 
  • Codeine 
  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone) 
  • Fentanyl 
  • Methadone 
  • Morphine 
  • OxyContin (oxycodone) 
  • Tramadol 
  • Vicodin (hydrocodone) 

What is Heroin? 

Heroin is a synthetic (artificial) opioid drug derived from morphine. It is a natural substance found in opium poppy seeds. The plant is grown in southeast and southwest Asia, Mexico, and Columbia.  

The drug can be a brown or white powder. It can also be black and sticky in texture (“black tar heroin”). Users smoke, snort, or inject heroin. They may also mix it with crack cocaine (“speedballs”).  

Heroin enters the brain very quickly and binds to opioid receptors on cells situated in several areas. These areas are related to those for feeling pain and pleasure, along with controlling the user’s respiration and heart rates.  

How are Heroin, Fentanyl, and Prescription Opioids Related? 

Heroin is an illegal opioid that doesn’t have any medicinal use. Fentanyl is used to treat severe pain. It is generally used for cancer pain. This medication is 50-100 times stronger than morphine and is prescribed in lozenges or patches that are placed on the skin. Unfortunately, fentanyl can be diverted for abuse by those for whom it was not prescribed.  

Most recent cases of fentanyl overdose and death in the United States involve black-market products. It is sold illegally for its heroin-like properties. Fentanyl is often used with heroin or cocaine (many times without the user’s knowledge) to increase its euphoric properties.  

It’s not uncommon for people who become addicted to prescription pain medication to turn to heroin when they can’t get prescription drugs. Heroin is usually cheaper than prescription painkillers.  

Fentanyl may be mixed into heroin without the user’s knowledge. When this occurs, it increases the likelihood of causing an overdose or death, particularly among first-time users or those who haven’t taken heroin for some time.  

Opioid Use Disorder Facts 

Prescription and illegal opioids can cause euphoria (a feeling of intense excitement or happiness) in some users. Not everyone experiences a high when they take opioids, but those who may use the drug repeatedly because they want to repeat their initial experience.  

Opioid medications, even prescription ones, are highly addictive. Long-term use or using them at high doses means that someone is at high risk for opioid use disorder (OUD) or an overdose. These drugs can even be fatal at a high enough dose.  

The following facts about opioid addiction were provided by Johns Hopkins University

  • The majority (75 percent) of people living in the United States who became addicted to heroin or other street drugs during the 2000s stated their opioid use disorder started with prescription medications. They found that fentanyl is cheaper and easier to illegally than prescription opioids.  
  • Someone using opioids for nonmedical reasons may swallow tablets or capsules. They may crush tablets and inhale the powder (to achieve the high more quickly) or inject the opioids into a vein using a hypodermic needle. Using needles to inject drugs increases the risk of getting certain infections, such as hepatitis and HIV.  
  • A person living with OUD may have difficulty keeping up with their financial responsibilities due to the high cost of buying illegal drugs. They may resort to stealing friends’ or loved ones’ prescription medications, cash, or personal belongings. Personal relationships will suffer as the disorder becomes more entrenched. The addicted person may find it difficult to hold onto a job.  
  • Opioid use disorder can become worse over time (progressive) and be fatal in some circumstances. Overdose deaths from opioid use are rising across the United States.  

Signs of Opioid Addiction 

Opioid addiction can be defined as a group of symptoms and behaviors that show someone is physically and psychologically dependent on the drug. They are as follows: 

  • Using more than planned or using over a more extended period than planned 
  • Experiencing cravings 
  • Wanting to quit or cut down the amount being used without success 
  • Needing more of the drug to get the same effect 
  • Feeling ill when opioid use stops 
  • Running out of prescription medications early 
  • Drawing on many sources for opioids (seeing more than one doctor for prescriptions or a doctor and a street source) 
  • Crushing, snorting, or injecting opioids 
  • Spending a lot of time and effort getting, using, and recovering from using opioids 
  • Unable to fulfill responsibilities at home, work, or school due to opioid use 
  • Giving up on once enjoyable activities 
  • Showing signs of opioid intoxication (pinpoint pupils, nodding off) 

Opioid addiction is more than just physical dependence. Someone who is prescribed an opioid pain medication may go into withdrawal if they stop using their painkillers all at once. A patient in this category should contact their doctor to discuss tapering off the medication. It doesn’t mean they have an addiction. Opioid addiction includes a psychological component.  

Opioid addicts have progressed to the point where accessing and using drugs is an essential part of their lives. They experience cravings for the drug, even when they know that continued use is harmful.  

An opioid addict’s cravings and increasing tolerance (needing more of the drug to achieve the same high) may lead to them buying drugs on the street or going to more than one doctor to get prescription drugs (doctor shopping).  

Risk Factors for Opioid Addiction 

Risk factors for opioid addiction include: 

  • A family history of substance abuse or addiction 
  • A history of pre-adolescent sexual abuse 
  • A personal history of substance abuse, including alcohol 
  • A personal history of mental illness 

Opioid Treatment in Indiana 

Anabranch Recovery Center offers residential treatment for opioid addiction. The program duration varies, depending on each client’s needs, but generally ranges from 30-90 days.  

  • Detox is the First Step 

We offer a medical detox program to help our clients manage their withdrawal symptoms. This is the first step in the treatment process. Our experienced staff ensures that clients are closely monitored and kept as comfortable as possible.  

  • Next Comes Rehabilitation 

Once this step is complete, the client moves into the rehabilitation stage of their treatment. Our opioid treatment program is based on several evidence-based therapies, such as individual therapy sessions, group therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), and family therapy.  

  • Medications May be Used for Cravings 

Anabranch Recovery Center is one of several Indiana Methadone & Suboxone Clinics offering medication-assisted treatment to its clients. Methadone and suboxone don’t get opioid addicts high. MAT (Medication-assisted Treatment) means the client is given regular, controlled doses of medication for their cravings.  

  • Residential Treatment Facility 

A residential program means that clients don’t have any distractions; they can focus their entire attention on their recovery. Trained professional clinical and nursing staff are available to provide round-the-clock support.  

Following residential treatment, Anabranch offers intensive outpatient programming.

Why Seek Opioid Addiction Treatment with Anabranch 

One of the crucial advantages of seeking care at an Opioid Addiction Treatment Centers in Indiana like Anabranch Recovery Center is that the person can step away from the daily pressures and habits that may be fueling their addiction. 

Anabranch Recovery Center offers clients comfortable accommodations, nutritious food, and several activities to promote health and holistic well-being.  

We can offer supportive, 24/7 care from a trained medical staff. Our clients receive individual and group therapy, as well as recovery education. We also cover relapse prevention to assist our clients with moving into long-term sobriety. 

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Anabranch Recovery Center
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1400 E Crossing Blvd
Terre Haute, IN 47802
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Anabranch Recovery Center
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4001 Wabash Ave Suite 4
Terre Haute, IN 47803
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