You don’t have to look very far to see that we are facing an opioid epidemic in the United States. With millions finding themselves addicted, the need for treatment is more significant than ever. The good news is that you do not have to continue to suffer; there are many treatment paths. Drug rehab treatment centers can help you find your way to long-term sobriety by addressing the challenges specific to your life and your drug of choice. Your treatment team will use their experience to find the best way to approach your addiction and get you on the road to sobriety. At Evolve Indy, we understand the specific challenges with opioid addiction, and we will help you break free. 

Why Opioids Are Addictive

Opioids are a drug class made up of both legal and illegal drugs. Some opioids, including Vicodin and Oxycontin, are available by prescription, while others such as heroin are illegal. Fentanyl can be tricky because it is available by prescription but also is manufactured illegally. Healthcare providers typically prescribe opioids for pain and, until recently, may not have understood the genuinely addictive nature of these medications. Whether prescribed or illicit, all opioids are chemically related. In addition to treating pain very effectively, opioids also create feelings of pleasure by activating particular receptors within the brain. Most opioid users report feelings of euphoria but report needing more opioids over time to create the same effect. It is this tolerance and increasing dose that lead to addiction and overdoses.  Additionally, opioids obtained illegally may be more potent or cut with other drugs resulting in a greater overdose risk. 

How Drug Rehab Treatment Centers Help With an Opioid Addiction

The first step in getting help with opioid addiction is admitting that you have a problem. There are many paths to recovery, and you can blend the parts of each approach that work for you. Drug rehab treatment centers are a great way to start your journey into recovery. Nearly all drug treatment center programs begin with detox. Depending on the details of your drug use and the goals you create with your treatment team, detox may include medication to assist you. 

Detoxing from opioids can wreak havoc on your body, and your treatment may rely in part on medications to help you taper down.  You must clear the body of the drugs to begin the important work of learning how to live a life without drugs. Opioid addiction is a complex chronic disease, and the goal is to manage it. Most people who suffer from addiction require treatment from medical professionals and substance abuse professionals.  Treatment helps get you through the physical detoxing and then begins the work of changing your addictive thinking. 

While it may seem ironic, there are prescription medicines available to help you taper off opioids so that you can do the work of recovering your mind and spirit while your body is healing. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) blends medication, counseling, and other support. The goal of these medications is to free your mind from the cravings so that you can focus on the changes that you need to make to return to a healthier life. MAT is not merely changing out one drug for another. It is more of a bridge and is managed by a medical professional. While treating opioid addiction is complex, people can and do recover.  After you start to build your recovery at a drug rehab treatment center,  you can attend peer support recovery groups such as Narcotics Anonymous. Attending such groups allows you to create continued support for your recovery. Managing opioid addiction, like other addictions, is a lifelong process. 

Why You Shouldn’t Try to Quit Using Opioids on Your Own

At Evolve Indy, we understand the complexities of opioid addiction. We know what it takes to get and stay free from opioids. Our treatment team will create a tailored approach to address your addiction’s physical, mental, and spiritual aspects.  We have programs to meet your needs that will set you up for long-term sobriety. We care about your success in recovery. We have a wide variety of programs that blend traditional and non-traditional therapies to treat addiction. Our programs range from residential to outpatient, and we will work with you to find the best fit for you. Contact us today to see how we can best support you in your journey to sobriety. 

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