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Opioid Addiction

Opioid-Related Overdoses are on the Rise

The Opioid Epidemic

The opioid epidemic has been much in the news in recent years, and with good reason. It is estimated that more than three million people in the US alone are currently experiencing or are in recovery from opioid addiction. It is also estimated that, in 2020, there were nearly 70,000 opioid-related deaths in the United States, making opioids the leading cause of drug-related fatalities in America.

The fact is that opioid addiction is real. It is prevalent, and it is deadly. Indeed, the reach of opioids is vast, as the drug takes many forms, from illicit “hard” drugs, such as heroin, to legal (and obscenely prolific) prescribed medications, such as oxycodone. 

How Opioids Work and How They Harm

Opioids derive from opium-producing poppy plants and are the principal ingredient in morphine and its derivatives. They operate on the central nervous system, triggering a flood of “feel good” neurotransmitters, including a surge in dopamine and endorphins. 

The result is a profound sense of euphoria, elation, and well-being. However, the risk of the so-called “tolerance ceiling” is quite high in opioids, meaning that users must often consume ever higher doses to receive the desired effects. This, combined with structural and functional changes in the brain that occur with each drug exposure, means that the risk for severe addiction and potentially life-threatening overdoses is extraordinarily high. 

One of the greatest challenges in the battle against opioid addiction, though, is the ubiquity of the drug. Opioids are frequently prescribed to treat severe pain conditions as well as certain psychological disorders, including not only anxiety disorders but also, ironically, addiction disorders. 

Because opioids are so profoundly addictive, persons can become dependent with just one exposure to a legally prescribed opiate. Thus, you can begin a descent into the abyss of dependency that can wreak havoc on your health, your relationships, and your life. 

How to Tell If Someone is Abusing Opioids

Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

Despite the initial euphoria of the opioid high, many users can experience severe and potentially severe side effects. These include:

In addition to the significant risks of overdose and immediate, life-threatening side effects from opioid exposure, long-term use also dramatically increases the likelihood of severe and potentially terminal disease. Chronic opioid use has been linked to:

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Quit Abusing Opioids for Good

How Bayshore Can Help

The process of detoxifying from opioids is difficult. Opioid withdrawal symptoms are often severe and thus often require significant professional supervision. During withdrawal, however, users may experience a range of symptoms, including:

Given the challenges of opioid detox and recovery, our multidisciplinary team of physicians, mental healthcare providers, and addiction recovery specialists takes a proactive, evidence-based, and holistic approach to care. 

Our onsite medical and mental health professionals are uniquely qualified to support you through the detoxification process, including providing round-the-clock medical and psychiatric supervision through the various phases of substance withdrawal. Not only can this help to make the process more manageable for our clients, but it can also reduce the risk of a life-threatening emergency during detox. 

Our facility is fully accredited, licensed, and certified to provide comprehensive care, including the use of short-term pharmaceutical therapies as needed while undergoing opioid detox. 

Similarly, because the symptoms of opioid withdrawal often include psychiatric manifestations, from depression and anxiety to impulsivity, irrationality, and suicidal ideation, our highly trained team of mental healthcare providers will be consistently by your side until you complete detox and are stable. 

With only six residents in our facility at one time and a 3:1 client to care provider ratio, we are able to provide our clients with the highest level of prompt and personalized care possible.  

After you have completed the detox process, we work with you to build a holistic, customized, and evidence-based recovery program that serves your short-term and long-range recovery goals. This includes individual, group, and family counseling services using a range of approaches, from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to art and music therapy. We also offer classes in nutrition, holistic medicine, and meditation and mindfulness.

The ultimate goal of our opioid addiction recovery program is to help you find release from the hold that the drug has over your life and to build the happy, healthy, addiction-free life you want and deserve. This means that, in addition to the detoxification, rehabilitation, counseling, and education services provided onsite, we also offer comprehensive after-care support, connecting you with the best care providers and most effective support services in your area.


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