The Opioid Epidemic in America
Opiates come from opium, while opioids are chemically synthesized versions of opiate-like drugs. This class of drugs was initially designed to help patients manage and relieve pain, but the highly addictive properties of opioids caused opiate addiction to become a national crisis in the United States. There are currently over two million Americans who abuse opioids and around 50,000 people have died from opioid-involved overdoses. If you or a loved one is taking higher and more frequent doses of opioids, it is time to call Concise Recovery to get help. At Concise Recovery, we understand the dangers of abusing opioids and the effects it has on the lives of addicts and their family members. That’s why we strive to offer the best opiate addiction treatment programs in Los Angeles, California, and the surrounding cities and communities.
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Understanding Opiate Addiction
When opioids are taken as prescribed, these drugs help to relieve chronic pain. Opioid medications work by lessening many pain signals that your body sends to your brain, as well as changing how the brain responds to these signals. Although generally legal, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration categorizes opioids as controlled narcotics, due to their extremely addictive properties. The class ranges anywhere from I to III, depending on the specific substance in question.
Examples of well-known opiates and opioids include:
- Buprenorphine (Subutex)
Hydrocodone has a high risk for addiction and should not be prescribed for long-term use. Many people obtain prescriptions for hydrocodone from their doctor for pain management, then become addicted after continued use. Other people purchase hydrocodone as a street drug. Street names include Hydro, Vikes, Percs, Tabs, 357s, Watsons, Loris, or Vics. Increased tolerance to the drug can lead to overdose and death from respiratory depression. The American Society of Addiction Medicine states that drug overdose was the leading cause of death in 2013 and that 1 in 20 high school seniors have taken hydrocodone.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Opiate Addiction
xcessively seeking the next fix can cause trouble in relationships, at work, with the law, and with one’s mental and physical health. Common symptoms of opioid addiction include:
- Mood swings
- Infections from drug injections
- Slowed breathing
- Slowed heart rate
- Dry mouth
- Kidney issues
- Sleep problems
- Muscle pain
- Memory loss
- Nausea and vomiting
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How is Opiate Addiction Treated?
The use of Suboxone in the treatment of opioid addiction is effective since it helps in reducing the concentration of the drug in the body at a controlled rate. It also does so without having to deprive the opioid receptors of a substance that can stimulate them, forcing the body to work as if it still has access to the drug. As a result, using this form of treatment will reduce the number of opioids in your body without causing undue stress and other negative side effects.
The use of Suboxone has been associated with higher remission rates, as well as a longer period of staying clean. Because of this, a large number of agencies around the world are looking to make it cheaper and easier to access the proper materials for Suboxone treatment protocols.
If you have a problem dealing with an opioid addiction, using Suboxone treatment can be the best chance you have at getting rid of it. If you want to escape the clutches of opioid addiction, consider starting this form of therapy at Concise Recovery today.
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Is Cold Turkey Detox a Safe Option for Opiate Addiction Treatment?
A large number of people who are interested in stopping their opioid addiction often try to do so cold turkey. This might seem to be the easiest way to go about it, but it’s by no means the best. The success rate for this method of treatment is very low. For one, the addiction to opioids is strong, which means that you are likely to get cravings again. In addition,the side effects of stopping cold turkey are very severe and can even lead to death. Some of these include:
- Psychiatric side effects
- Difficulty breathing
- Poor vision
Contact Concise Recovery’s Opiate Addiction Treatment Team
If you have any questions about our opiate addiction treatment programs in Los Angeles, California, do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation with Concise Recovery today.
You can begin the first step to healing by reaching out to Concise Recovery. Our staff is made up of addiction treatment specialists who are dedicated to your recovery journey. Contact us today at 1-866-256-3464 to learn more.
Most insurance will pay for rehabilitation. Concise Recovery works with most PPO & POS insurance policies that offer out-of-network benefits. We currently do not accept Medi-Cal or Medicare. Contact our staff today to learn how you can verify your insurance.
Dual disorders, or co-occurring disorders, happen when a person suffers from a mental health disorder alongside a substance use disorder. The two disorders often feed into one another, creating a vicious cycle that may feel impossible to break. Dual diagnosis is the process of diagnosing both disorders and creating a treatment plan to address them simultaneously. Since a mental health disorder can contribute to addiction and vice versa, both issues must be addressed together to achieve lasting recovery.
After patients have completed the rehabilitation process with Concise Recovery, they have the option of residing in our sober living community. Sober living allows a person to transition back into daily life while living in a safe location free of addictive substances. Residents in sober living communities are expected to look after themselves and keep up with responsibilities such as paying rent, completing chores, and abiding by a curfew.
Relapse is a very common part of the recovery journey. Research has shown that more than half of those who complete rehab treatment for drug or alcohol addiction will relapse within the first year. However, relapsing does not mean you have failed, and with Concise Recovery’s continuous care through our sober living program, you can achieve long-term recovery and keep control over your lifestyle.
Inpatient rehabilitation, or residential treatment, means that patients reside at an addiction treatment facility for a set length of time. With inpatient care, patients have 24/7 access to recovery specialists and can heal in a safe and controlled environment. Outpatient care is when patients receive addiction treatment services but can still return to the comfort of their own homes at the end of the day. Outpatient care allows patients to have a more flexible schedule and still live their daily life outside of a treatment center.
The rehabilitation process can vary depending on your needs and the best timeline to suit your healing. Most addiction rehabilitation programs vary in length from 30-day programs to 60-days to 90-days. Contact us to learn more.
At Concise Recovery, you will start your healing journey with one of our accredited sub-acute detox programs, which take place in luxurious, private facilities, staffed by industry experts. From there, our team will create an individualized treatment plan to best fit your recovery needs. Addiction recovery can include inpatient care, outpatient care, therapies, and aftercare through our sober living program.