Addiction is overtaking your life. You know it. Your loved ones see it, too.
Once addiction to heroin or pills hits critical mass a powerful sense of urgency to get help signals that the survival instinct is in full swing. Getting opiate addiction treatment is now the only thing that matters, the only way you will survive it. After opiate detox and withdrawal is complete, unwinding the fundamental causes of the addiction and identifying any co-occurring mental health disorders will be the first orders of business. These two interconnected branches of the addiction tree must be treated in order to achieve a lasting recovery. So now the quest becomes how to identify a quality opiate addiction treatment program.
First, Detox to Get Clean
There is simply no way around the first step of recovery, detoxification. Opiate detox is an unpleasant but necessary part of addiction treatment, but there are methods available to help mitigate much of the physical and mental discomfort that accompanies it. In most cases, detoxing from heroin or other opiates is not a life threatening process. However, due to the unforeseen complications that can arise during the 3-7 day withdrawal period it is advised that individuals be supervised during the process.
A medically supervised detox is usually conducted at an inpatient facility where medical professionals can monitor the process. Opiate withdrawal feels much like a horrible case of the flu, with nausea, muscle aches, fever, chills, and fatigue—but with the added emotional symptoms of irritability, anxiety, depression, and restlessness on top of it. For this reason, having access to medications that can provide relief from many of the withdrawal symptoms is key to sticking with detox and not returning to drug use. Having the support and assistance of caring professionals during this first phase of treatment can make the difference between recovery and relapse.
Rooting Out the Fundamental Cause of Addiction
The next step of addiction treatment is to participate in the sometimes difficult and uncomfortable process of psychotherapy—specifically cognitive behavioral therapy—in order to identify what factors drove the addiction. Because the causes of addiction are so diverse and plentiful it is important to be committed to doing this important work so treatment can be targeted properly toward each individual’s unique root causes. Examples of factors that lead to addiction are loss and grief, trauma, genetic factors, childhood neglect and abuse, sexual abuse, painkillers prescribed legitimately post injury or surgery, and mental health disorders.
Unraveling what factors were involved in the development of the addiction can involve both individual and group therapy. This is a critical step in opiate addiction treatment because without understanding what issues led to the addiction in the first place it is unlikely that recovery will stick. The intrinsic relationship between drug seeking behaviors and what motivates them is key to making the necessary life changes that lead to a sustained recovery.
How Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders Influence Treatment
Dual diagnosis refers to an individual who suffers from both a mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression, and a substance use disorder concurrently. Whether the addiction caused the mental illness or the mental illness caused the addiction is not yet known. However, when both conditions are present simultaneously they enhance the effects of the other. Drugs and alcohol make anxiety and depression worse, and the mental illness can lead to excessive use of drugs and alcohol as a form of self-medicating.
Without identifying an underlying mental health disorder, and treating it along with the addiction, recovery will not last. A quality opiate addiction treatment program will include treatment for dual diagnosis. These programs will have a psychiatrist on staff who can monitor medications to treat the co-occurring mental health issue.
Phoenix Rising Behavioral Healthcare Offers Quality Opiate Addiction Treatment
Phoenix Rising is a leading opiate addiction treatment program that provides compassionate, comprehensive care in a serene and supportive environment. Focusing on the Pseudo Attachment component to addiction, the expert clinical professionals offer new hope for individuals by guiding them to a deeper understanding of the factors that culminated in the opiate addiction. For more information about the program, please contact us today at (877) 299-5694.
Phoenix Rising Serves Local Client and from Across The United States
Phoenix Rising is located in Orange County in the city of Ladera Ranch, CA. For those traveling from out of the area or out of state for treatment, sober living is an option for residential boarding. We invite you to call us to discuss all the options available.
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