If you are addicted to opiates, there is no reason to be ashamed. Many people who become afflicted by addiction hesitate to seek help because of the stigma. Though you chose to use opiates in the beginning for medical reasons or out of experimentation, you did not choose to become addicted. Do not allow the stigma to keep you from seeking the help you need to live a happy life for yourself. Opiate addiction is one of the most- if not the most- difficult addiction to overcome. Though difficult, it is not insurmountable. While there is currently no medical cure for addiction, there are treatment options to manage it.
Rehab is the most common of treating addiction. There is inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, and intensive outpatient rehab. Inpatient rehab has been proven to be the most effective because it:
• Provides you a safe environment to detox.
• Removes you from the environment in which you were active in your addiction, eliminating relapse triggers.
• Providing structure, making it difficult to relapse.
• Isolates you from distractions (e.g. family, friends, and work).
• Places you in an environment strictly devoted to healing and gaining the tools for recovery during almost every waking hour.
Outpatient rehab and/or intensive outpatient rehab is best used as a requisite for inpatient rehab to continue reinforcing the treatment for the psychological component of addiction.
There are some recovering individuals who are not successful after multiple stints in rehab. Medication management treatment is used for individuals who have struggled to stay clean after trying non-medication methods. Suboxone is one of the common drugs that is used in medication management treatment. Suboxone contains buprenorphine and naloxone. The buprenorphine acts as a substitute for the opiate by attaching to the same receptors, which reduces cravings and prevents withdrawal symptoms. Naloxone prevents the release of dopamine, which will prevent the user from become psychologically addicted to it. During your time on suboxone, you will need to focus on the psychological component of your addiction to reduce the risk of relapse when you go off suboxone. If you are interested in suboxone, you will need to consult a suboxone doctor.
How Rehab Works
Rehab centers use a variety of methods to treat addiction:
Treating the physiological component is the first step to treating addiction. Detox consists of getting you to safely and comfortably get through withdrawal, which are a set of symptoms you will experience when your body is coming down off the substance.
You will be assigned a one-on-one counselor to work through the psychological component of your addiction. Underlying psychological issues (e.g. childhood trauma, stress, low self-esteem, etc.) fuel the psychological component of addiction. Your counselor will use a variety of talk therapy methods to help you correct your errors in thinking and develop a new perspective and set of coping skills.
Much of recovery is based on collaboration with other recovering individuals. Group therapy sessions will teach you how to connect with other recovering individuals to solve problems in recovery. Group therapy sessions may consist of a group discussion on a topic or a Twelve Step Meeting.
Addiction puts a strain on the entire family. In addition with your individual healing, your rehab facility may include your family to help them heal. The rehab may host family weekends, family visitation days, or family therapy sessions to help everyone heal from the pain that the addiction has caused.
Talking is not the only path to healing. Doing a variety of activities (e.g. art, caring for animals, cooking, yoga, acting, etc.) can help you discover, communicate, and resolve your underlying psychological issues.
Most rehab centers do not use the traditional model of treatment, which is where the clients were confined to a hospital-like building for treatment and went through monotonous talk therapy and meetings day in and day out. Most rehab centers, especially high-quality rehab centers, use the Florida Model, which consists of the clients living in a residential environment, traveling to different buildings on a beautiful campus-like complex, and participating in experiential therapy activities.
A Rehab in Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne Recovery is a rehab center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Their philosophy is “A True Devotion to Addiction Recovery.” They live up to their philosophy by providing high-quality, evidence-based treatment and assistance for aftercare planning. Their programs consist of clinical treatment during weekdays and casual living in the evening and weekends. This type of program allows you to receive treatment and learn how to casually live sober.
If you or a loved one are interested in starting your life of recovery with Fort Wayne Recovery’s devoted staff, call them today at 574-377-8643