While the terms opiates and opioids might seem to be used interchangeably, there are some distinctive differences between the two. Opiates are naturally derived substances that come from the poppy plant and include opium, morphine, and codeine. Opioids, however, are at least in part synthetic, meaning that the substances are chemically created. Common opioids include OxyContin, hydrocodone, and fentanyl. Often, “opiates” is used as an umbrella term for both opiates and opioids.
Both substances are highly addictive. At BrightView, we recognize that addiction is a disease. Those who are struggling with an addiction to opioids cannot overcome this battle through willpower alone. For this reason, BrightView offers an outpatient opioid addiction treatment program.
SIGNS OF OPIOID ADDICTION
Opioid addiction often begins with a prescription. Doctors commonly prescribe opioids because they can be effective in relieving pain. For example, doctors might use morphine or fentanyl to ease pain after surgery or an accident. However, these medications can be incredibly addictive. The body can build up a tolerance to opioids over time, leading to a psychological and physical dependence. Many of the overdose deaths in the United States can be attributed to opioids, and many of those who struggle with opioid addiction will never seek treatment.
If you are concerned that you or a loved one is in need of an opioid addiction treatment program, there are a few signs to look out for. First, opioid use will likely have started to interfere with daily activities such as taking care of responsibilities at work or at home. Your loved one might have lost control over when they use opioids and how often. Several other signs that you can look out for include:
- The inability to control opioid use
- Uncontrollable cravings
- Changes in sleep habits
- Weight loss
- Frequent flu-like symptoms
- Decreased libido
- Lack of hygiene
- Changes in exercise habits
- Isolation from family or friends
- Stealing from family, friends, or businesses
- New financial difficulties
If you notice these signs in yourself or in a loved one, it’s important to reach out for help as soon as possible. At BrightView, we offer an opioid addiction treatment program that is designed to help our patients achieve lasting, meaningful sobriety.
OUR OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAM
BrightView’s approach to opioid addiction treatment involves a comprehensive, personalized treatment for every patient. In our outpatient opioid addiction treatment program, we incorporate the following:
Medication-assisted treatment eases withdrawal symptoms and curbs cravings. These medications block the effects of opioids and work with dopamine receptors to stop individuals from being tempted to relapse. We prescribe FDA-approved medications, which include Suboxone, buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), and naltrexone (Vivitrol).
Group and individual counseling can address the mental and emotional components of substance abuse. We know that many of our patients struggle with co-occurring mental health issues alongside addiction, and counseling is designed to help patients develop healthy coping skills and strategies.
Finally, all those receiving opioid addiction treatment at BrightView works with a personal case manager. This individual can assist with relapse prevention, job readiness, legal and financial issues, housing, and transportation. We also encourage all those in treatment at BrightView to continue their treatment in a community recovery support group, such as Narcotics Anonymous.
TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE TODAY AT BRIGHTVIEW
If you or a loved one are struggling with an opioid addiction, you are not alone. At BrightView, we offer the support and personalized treatment you need to overcome substance abuse and get back to living your life. Reach out to our team today at 888-501-9865 to learn more about our opioid addiction treatment program and get started on the road to recovery today.