Opioid Rehab in Asheville, North Carolina

The headlines are everywhere:  Opioid addiction is a crisis that is happening across the world every day.  Fatalities as a direct result of opioids are happening in record numbers in our country, in every state, in cities, in towns, and in small, tight-knit communities.

It has been labeled an epidemic, and rightfully so. Opioids at one point were meant to help. They were pain relievers meant to be only in the capable hands of medical doctors who would use and prescribe them only when necessary. But tragically, what was meant to do good turned very, very bad.

You’re here because you have been directly affected by opioids. Whether it’s you or a loved one who is suffering from opioid abuse, you’re in the right place. The opioid rehab at 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.

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Opioid Statistics

North Carolina ranks among the states with recent significant increases in drug overdose death rates.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, there was a sharp rise of nearly 25% from 2015 to 2016.  Opioids play a huge role in drug-related deaths.  North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Resources says the 2016 deaths of 1,384 people are directly attributed to an unintentional opioid overdose – that’s a staggering 39% increase from 2015.  The state is working tirelessly to reduce that number to 20% and below, and we’re here to help.

Opioids are highly addictive.  If you or someone you love has become one of the many people who need opioid rehab, know that you are not alone, and you’ve come to the right place.  Our job here at Asheville Recovery Center is to help people live.  There is no one “type” of person who gets addicted to opioids.  It can happen to anyone… even those you would least expect.  It just so happens the addict is one of those people who now have an addiction, but it can be overcome, and we’ll be with the addict each step of the way as the recovery takes place.

How Opioid Addictions Happen

No one plans to be an addict.  Ask anyone who has become an opioid addict how their addiction happened, and their first answer might be, “I don’t know.” But there is always a story.  Most opioid addictions began innocently.  Surgery or an injury that paired with extreme pain meant a doctor’s prescription for pain relief medication strong enough to provide relief.  From there, the individual becomes dependent on the drug, and that develops into addiction.

There are several commonly prescribed opioids available still today, despite the opioid epidemic.  Some of them include:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone

Whether the opioid addiction developed from prescribed medication or from recreational drug use, it manifests in the brain the same way.   The brain’s receptors are stimulated when someone takes an opioid and the “feel good” chemical, “dopamine” is released into the bloodstream.  This feeling is so powerful that it is often described as euphoric.

The problem happens when the opioid use slowly but surely takes over how the brain functions. Eventually, the brain can no longer naturally produce dopamine without the use of opioids, and so begins the dependency that often leads to addiction.

Is Opioid Treatment Necessary?

If you or someone you love is addicted to opioids, you may or may not know, for sure.  However, you may suspect that rehab may need to happen, which is why you are here reading these very words right now. If you don’t know for sure if addiction has occurred, here are some things to consider that will help you find an answer:

  • 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?

If the answer to any of those questions is yes, you need to consider opioid rehab, and we can help provide support from this moment, until the opioid treatment comes to an end, and thereafter.

Opioid Rehab in Asheville, North Carolina

There are several symptoms of opioid addiction, which include:

  • Chronic constipation
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Weakened immune system
  • Malnourishment
  • Breathing difficulty

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of the above, it is likely time for opioid rehab to start, and it begins with a detox.

How Opioid Treatment Begins

Becoming sober can only begin once the body is completely rid of the opioids.  This process is called detox.  Because detox can be so uncomfortable, we highly recommend going through a medical detox program.  With specially trained support through the detox process, the addict will have all the systems in place to cope as the body naturally reduces its dependence on the drug.  There will be temporary withdrawal symptoms that develop during detox, which include:

  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Stomach Aches/Vomiting/Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Chills and Sweats
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Body Aches
  • Mood Swings

It is important to know that although these symptoms will be very unpleasant, they will go away as the body begins to fully function without opioids.  In most cases, this is a 5-7 day process with the peak withdrawal symptoms setting in around day 3.

Because some cases of withdrawal are so severe, many individuals who attempt to undergo the detox process on their own tend to relapse.  By using the services of a medical detox program, trained professionals will help to relieve those symptoms and will work to make you as comfortable as possible through your detox process.

Once detox is complete, the official opioid treatment plan can begin.   Here at Asheville Recovery Center, we’ll create a treatment plan that is customized for you.

Finding the Perfect Treatment Program

If you’ve been looking into different treatment programs to see which one is the best fit for you or your loved one, you’re doing the right thing.

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.

For example, it is very important to know that there are options at the treatment center.  If one method doesn’t work, there needs to be another option that still supports the addict’s needs. Also ask yourself, “what will help the addict to succeed?”  If the treatment center you’re considering has the answer, the addict may have found the right place.

Here at Asheville Recovery Center, we like to get testimonials from our clients. They are always invited to remain anonymous, but some are so grateful that they request their name to be attached to their opinion.

for the support given to families during the recovery period.

It isn’t hard to find the right treatment center, so read up on the offerings and make the call that will kick-start a new, sober life free from opioid use.

Family Support at Rehab Centers

Finding a rehabilitation center may seem like it’s just for the addicts, but it’s also for the family.  They’ve likely been opioid addiction victims as well, but in a different way.  They haven’t taken the drugs, but they’ve 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 emotions that need to be managed and supported so the recovery process can achieve the goal of success.

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.

Opioid Rehab in Asheville, North Carolina

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

Family therapy is not a requirement for your opioid treatment plan at Asheville Recovery Center, but it is an option available that we highly recommend.  If you think you or your loved ones might benefit from a family counseling program, we can help.

The fact is, addiction doesn’t just affect the addict and neither does recovery.  The healing can begin in every area at Asheville Recovery Center, and we’re here to help make sure it happens when you call us for help.

The Treatment Options

We have three forms of treatment here at Asheville Recovery Center.  Our most successful addicts use a combination of all three options, throughout the recovery process, but we customize a program that works for each addict that comes to us for help.

Residential Treatment Program

The addict will move into the treatment center and receive care 24-7 during their time at the facility. If they feel like giving up, our trained professional staff will be there to provide support.  It may not seem ideal to relocate for Residential Treatment, but the primary benefit is that the addict can focus 100% on recovery and nothing else.

There are no temptations, no distractions, no negative influences.  When the addict is in our care at Asheville Recovery Center, opioid rehab is our top priority, and it will show in the progress with each day that passes.

Partial Hospitalization Program

PHP is for people who need treatment for a large portion of the day but, for varying reasons, opt not to move into the facility.  Your Partial Hospitalization treatment will become a new 9-5 job, utilizing the bulk of the day to focus on our proven treatment programs and methods.

This program works best for those individuals who have a sober living environment at home to support their recovery process.  Because of their proven success in the rehab journey, the same therapy programs offered in Residential Treatment are also available in PHP.

Intensive Outpatient Program

This flexible program allows an individual to go to work or school while getting treatment at Asheville Recovery Center. It is imperative that a sober living environment is in place, and the professionals at the center will work to make sure the recovery process is happening smoothly, and all needs are being met.  Ideally, this step will come after Residential and/or Partial Hospitalization Treatment has been completed, but if IOP is the only option, the team at Asheville Recovery Center will put all systems in place to ensure your success.

Which Program is Right?

If you still aren’t sure, that’s okay.  It’s our job to guide the addict through the process from the beginning until the end.  And even when your treatment concludes, there are still programs in place to support the journey.  The fact remains that when the addict is clean and sober, they are still an addict, so if they ever need support again, we’re here.

Are You Ready to Recover from Your Opioid Addiction?

We’re right here, waiting for your call.  You might think that opioid addiction is too big to overcome, but we have a team of medical professionals at our opioid rehab with decades of experience who will stand with the addict as they embark on this new journey.  We have the proven opioid rehab programs and methods to support anyone who comes to us for help.