Opioid abuse is a nationwide epidemic, with almost 3 times as many people using opioid prescriptions from 1991 to 2011, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Many who initially had a legitimate need for these potent painkillers, say, after a root canal or a breaking a bone, end up developing a tolerance to their prescribed dose. That means they must use more of their drug of choice to get the same pain relief, or experience that pleasurable high they’ve come to enjoy.
Unfortunately, opiate use doesn’t always expire when the prescription does. Gradually, the user becomes physically and psychologically dependent on their pills and develops drug-seeking behavior to get their hands on more pills, either by doctor shopping, buying drugs through dealers, or intentionally injuring themselves to procure another opioid prescription.
If you or your loved one are struggling with an addiction to opioid drugs, there is hope with Turning Point. We've helped those struggling with addiction in New Jersey for over 30 years! Call (973) 380-0905 today to learn more!
Opioids come in many forms, and the illegal drug heroin is also an opioid. Synthetic opioids like fentanyl are also available, usually only in a hospital setting, because of their extreme potency and likelihood of overdose without medical supervision.
Some of the most commonly abused opioid drugs (brand names) include:
Opioid addicts are often in denial they are substance abusers. Many believe they can stop taking pills at any time, or rationalize their abuse of opioids to control pain, rather than to get high. When doctors won’t write any more prescriptions, these patients often become full-blown addicts and may even progress to using heroin, because it is much more accessible and cheaper than prescription pills. Heroin is extremely dangerous, though, and the line between a euphoric “high” and death by overdose is thin.
In order to get clean from opioids, you will first need to go through a medically supervised detoxification process. This is often the most challenging part of overcoming opioid addiction, but a necessary step to getting the drug out of your system. At Turning Point, our drug rehab specialists can help mitigate the risks associated with opioid detox and keep you safe as you begin your recovery.
Opioid detox looks different from one person to the next, depending on many factors, such as overall health, degree of substance abuse, the substance that was being used, age of the client, and so on. In general, though it steers along a similar trajectory.
The opioid withdrawal timeline has 2 main phases:
When you abruptly stop or decrease your opioid use, the body responds with specific physical and psychological symptoms. This is known as withdrawal. Trying to go “cold turkey” and abruptly stopping drug use can cause dangerous, life-threatening withdrawal symptoms. You may experience convulsions, hallucinations, or seizures, if you attempt to quit on your own. While unassisted withdrawal may not cause long-term harm for everyone, it is sure to be extremely painful and emotionally taxing.
Another important point to consider is that those who receive professional medical treatment are more likely to get sober and stay sober. Simply detoxifying your body from opioids isn’t enough to maintain sobriety. It will be much harder to prevent relapse without help from drug rehabilitation specialists to guide you through the process of how to live a fulfilling life free of opioids.
If you're ready to begin your road to recovery, contact Turning Point today to learn more about our medical detox program.
We have a variety of treatment programs available to help you no matter where you find yourself on the road to recovery. From short-term residential programs to outpatient treatment and transitional living, we have what you need to conquer opiate dependency.
The opiate rehab programs include:
On a typical day, patients can expect a morning meeting, medication monitoring, group and individual therapy, educational didactic sessions, and 12-step evening meetings.
Additional services include recreational therapy, holistic treatments, and specialized workshops in areas such as stress management and meditation.
Get in touch with Turning Point and we will be happy to discuss your options with you. Simply call (973) 380-0905 to speak to an addiction counselor, or fill out our online contact form for a speedy reply. We have multiple locations throughout New Jersey, for your convenience.
It can be a huge challenge to “just say ‘no’” when faced with the temptation to use opioid drugs. At Turning Point, we design a relapse prevention plan as part of our comprehensive drug rehab program. We will make a treatment plan accounting for social interactions, emotional, and physical triggers and help you develop positive coping mechanisms to prevent relapse.
At Turning Point, we encourage past patients to continue to stay in touch with us to have regular accountability and support. Past patients can also have a positive influence on others by sharing their own story about opioid addiction, their detox, recovery, and how they maintain sobriety in the face of temptation.