Opioids are a class of drug that is also referred to as narcotics. This drug class includes medications typically prescribed by doctors to treat conditions of chronic or persistent pain. They are also used by patients recovering from surgery or experiencing severe pain associated with cancer or chronic injury. Although many are legal, some, such as heroin, are human-made and illegal.
Opioid drugs, whether prescription or not, work by attaching themselves to the opioid receptors in the brain, on the spinal cord, and in other parts of the body. While helpful in alleviating pain when taken as directed, their use is not without significant risk for addiction.
Why You Should Seek Professional Opioid Treatment
Opioids are a specific class of drugs that include illegal substances like heroin and synthetically produced opioids such as fentanyl. It also includes several prescription medications used for various treatments. These include pain medications such as oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone. Although these drugs are well known for their addictive potential, other drugs fall into this category that are not commonly associated with addiction. These include drugs used as part of medically assisted detox, such as methadone and suboxone. When used properly, these drugs are highly beneficial. Unfortunately, they are frequently abused or misused, resulting in high incidences of addiction and overdose. In 2018, nearly 47,000 Americans lost their lives to opioid overdose; of those, 32% involved prescription opioids obtained through legal prescriptions for pain medications or addiction treatment medications.
Ongoing, regular use of opioid medications can result in the development of tolerance to their effects. When someone develops a tolerance, it inevitably leads to physical and psychological dependence on the substance. When you are dependent on a drug and try to reduce or stop using, painful and unpleasant symptoms can develop. When withdrawing from opioids, these symptoms, also called withdrawal symptoms, can sometimes be dangerous and even fatal.
Depending on the severity of your addiction and the substance used, withdrawal symptoms can occur in as few as six hours after your last dose. Some of the most common opioid withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, agitation, body aches, difficulty sleeping, sweating, gastric disturbances, nausea, and vomiting. Other, more severe symptoms can arise as well.
These include seizures, delirium tremens (DT’s), irregular heartbeat, difficulty or irregular respiration, coma, and death. These more severe symptoms related to opioid withdrawal that make seeking professional opioid treatment and detox essential. In a professional treatment setting, trained medical staff will help guide you through the challenges that often accompany detox while assuring your overall health and safety throughout the process. Although challenging, detox is the first and vital step on your journey to sobriety.
How Bayshore Retreat Treats Addiction
At Bayshore Retreat, we understand the first steps on the road to recovery are not easy. The decision to seek addiction treatment is indeed one of the most challenging you may ever make. Our skilled, experienced treatment team is here to help you through the detox and treatment process using evidence-based and highly individualized treatment plans. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that meets your unique addiction treatment needs and goals. We incorporate proven behavioral therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy with alternative treatments to provide you with a holistic treatment experience that treats the whole person. Addiction is a lifelong illness for which there is no “cure”; however, with treatment and aftercare support, you can live a life free from the hold of addiction. If you are ready to start your recovery journey, reach out to the admissions team at Bayshore Retreat today. Opioid addiction is strong, but with the help of opioid treatment in Florida, you are stronger.