The opioid epidemic has had a stranglehold on the United States since the 1990s and overdose fatalities continue to grow. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, approximately 128 people die every day due to opioid overdose. If you or a loved one is suffering from this addiction, you’ve come to the right place. Asheville Recovery Center has the exact tools, methods, and therapies to help you or your loved one overcome this opioid addiction and make sobriety a reality.
North Carolina is one of the many states that have been severely impacted by the opioid crisis. In 2018 alone, an estimated 79% of drug overdose deaths involved opioids for a total of 1,783 fatalities in the state. Within the same year, 61 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons were written compared to the average U.S. rate of 51 prescriptions. The current influx of opioid-related deaths is a direct result of the recent emergence of fully synthetic opiates, mainly fentanyl, which was responsible for over 28,400 deaths in the United States in 2018.
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Opioid AddictionOpioid dependence is sinister and merciless. Because of the highly addictive nature of opiates, anyone can easily fall victim to this addiction. Many opioid addictions begin with prescribed pain relievers after an injury or post-surgery. Other common means of dependence include, but are not limited to, personal struggles, environment, or a genetic predisposition to addiction. There are several commonly prescribed opioids available today. They include:
Is Opioid Treatment Necessary?Addiction treatment is not always a favored option, but it is oftentimes the necessary one. By answering the questions below, you can gauge whether you or a loved one is in need of professional treatment:
- Is there an obsession with obtaining a supply? Do they become angry or irrational if they can’t find their preferred drug?
- Is drug use becoming a financial burden?
- Are relationships being affected by your drug use?
- When the user hasn’t used the drug of choice for a period of time, is there physical discomfort like sweating, shaking, fever, or muscle aches?
- Excessive drowsiness
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Weakened immune system
- Weight loss
- Lack of proper hygiene
- Financial difficulty
How Opioid Treatment BeginsThe pathway to sobriety can only begin once the body is completely absent of opioids. This process is called detox. Due to the complexity and risk, medically supervised detox is required by our specialists. This ensures proper treatment within a well-equipped, professional setting. With specially trained support throughout the detox process, the individual will be made as comfortable as possible as their body naturally sheds its dependence on the drug. There will be temporary withdrawal symptoms that develop during detox, which include:
- Increased Heart Rate
- Stomach Aches/Vomiting/Diarrhea
- Chills and Sweats
- Body Aches
- Mood Swings
Finding the Perfect Treatment ProgramBecause there are so many addiction treatment programs available today, it is important to make an informed choice based on your or your loved one’s specific needs. When an individual chooses Asheville Recovery Center to treat opioid addiction, we create a plan that is custom fit using our proven techniques and methods. We know that what works for one opioid addict may not work for another. Through professionally developed treatment options, our addiction specialists are able to customize any treatment plan to suit the individual. Because the road to recovery is not one-size-fits-all, we utilize an array of therapeutic methods and treatment programs so that each client is uniquely treated and fully equipped for a successful recovery.
Family Support at Rehab CentersRehabilitation centers are support systems for clients and family, alike. Family members and friends are victims of addiction as well, having been on the receiving end of lies and neglect, and often have been taken advantage of time and time again. It is extremely painful for loved ones to watch addiction manifest and it can create unhealthy, emotional responses that need to be managed and supported. Successful recovery requires a supportive, informed family and friend unit. If the addict prefers, they will also be able to communicate with family during the rehab process. The support team will make sure the contact with family members is healthy and conducive to the journey, so the healing can begin and continue for everyone. The family support we provide has several benefits, including:
- Establishing healthy boundaries for one another
- Regaining lost trust and respect
- Learning effective communication skills
- The opportunity to share feelings of hurt, sadness, and anger
- Improving the overall relationship quality