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CURBING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC WITH HOLISTIC TREATMENT iN MASSACHUSETTS
The opioid epidemic has become a public health emergency in the United States and shows no signs of abating. An estimated 1.6 million people had an opioid use disorder in 2020, negatively affecting and interrupting their daily life and the lives of those around them.
But it doesn’t have to stay this way. There is help, and there is hope.
If you or a loved one want to overcome substance use to enjoy your life, pursue your goals, and establish healthier habits, Refresh Recovery is here. Don’t walk alone — contact us today.
SIGNS OF OPIOID ADDICTION
More than 70% of overdose deaths in the U.S. involve an opioid.
- The decline in school or work performance
- Isolating from family and friends
- Lying about pain for a prescription dosage increase
- Stealing medications from other people
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling detached
- Impaired judgment and problem-solving
- Slowed thinking
- Constricted pupils
- Coordination and motor skill issues
- Gastrointestinal issues, including diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting
- Noticeable changes in personal hygiene
- Sudden weight loss
- Skin issues and damage, including scabs, sores, and puncture marks
- Emotional swings
- Unprovoked outbursts
RISK FACTORS FOR OPIOID ADDICTION
Although the risk factors to any substance addiction are complex, genetic and environmental factors increase the risk for certain people. If you have family members with an opioid use disorder, you have a higher risk of developing one, also.
A diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health disorder often occurs simultaneously with an opioid addiction could increase the likelihood of developing substance dependence. Environmental situations, such as high unemployment, poverty, violence, and other high-stress situations, strongly contribute to opioid misuse and dependence.
OPIOID USE SIDE EFFECTS
Opioid use can feature a wide range of side effects, with several dependent on the method of use. Along with the effects listed below, one million cases of HIV/AIDS have been attributed to intravenous drug use related to opioids.
Side effects can display differently from person to person, but commonly include:
- Drowsiness or sedation;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Respiratory depression; and/or
- Tolerance and/or physical dependence.
Uncommon but possible side effects include:
- Dry mouth;
- Delayed gastric emptying;
- Hyperalgesia, increased sensitivity to feeling pain and extreme response;
- Immune system and hormonal dysfunction;
- Itchy skin;
- Muscle rigidity; and/or
- Quick, involuntary muscle movement.
Chronic opioid use can cause:
Increased risk of bone fractures;
Increased risk of an overdose; and/or
SYMPTOMS OF OPIOID WITHDRAWAL
Whether you’re stopping opioids with medical guidance or on your own, withdrawal symptoms may or may not occur. But if symptoms do, they can be mild to severe during the initial stages of detox. This situation causes some people to take another dose to mitigate the symptoms but instead substantially raise their risk of an opioid overdose.
How opioid withdrawal symptoms affect you, or a loved one depends on the type of opioid, how long it was used, and how much was used. In the first 24 hours after the last use, symptoms generally include:
- Excessive sweating;
- Excessive yawning;
- Inability to sleep;
- Lacrimation or eyes tearing up;
- Muscle aches;
- Restlessness, and/or
- Runny nose.
After the first day, you or your loved one may experience more intense symptoms, like:
- Abdominal cramping;
- Dilated pupils with possible blurry vision;
- High blood pressure;
- Nausea and vomiting; and/or
- Rapid heart rate.
THE DANGERS OF OPIOIDS
Opioids is the name for a wide group of medications often used to treat and manage chronic pain or post-surgery pain. To provide this relief, the opioids attach to receptors in your brain and body and block the pain signals sent from your body to your brain. In return, your brain releases dopamine, the chemical responsible for rewarding feelings and motivation.
The rush of dopamine reinforces the good feelings opioids initially provide. But, you or your loved one can quickly develop a tolerance to the initial prescribed dosage and begin to use it more frequently to achieve positive effects and feelings. This is the beginning of opioid dependence and, for some people, an opioid use disorder.
Opioids are split into three groups based on how they’re manufactured. Synthetic opioids are lab-made with human-developed materials, while semi-synthetic opioids are lab-made but include natural opiate materials.
Examples of synthetic opioids are:
- Fentanyl patches and tablets;
- Methadose® (generic methadone); and
- Ultram® (generic tramadol).
Examples of semi-synthetic opioids are:
- Dilaudid® (generic hydromorphone);
- Lorcet® (generic hydrocodone/acetaminophen);
- OxyContin® (generic oxycodone); and
- Percocet® (generic oxycodone/acetaminophen)
- Fentanyl is in the class of prescription painkillers, but is also added to other street drugs by illegal manufacturers.
What’s The Difference?
Opioid Vs. Opiate
The terms are used interchangeably, but the difference is in the ingredients. Opiates are a type of opioid and only have natural products derived from the poppy plant. Opioids are any natural, synthetic, or semi-synthetic medicine or substance that binds to your brain’s opioid receptors.
Otherwise, both types of medication reduce your perception of pain and have serious side effects if misused.
What’s The Difference?
Opiate Tolerance vs. Opiate Dependence
Opiate tolerance occurs when a consistent dose doesn’t, over time, provide the desired pain relief. As a result, you or your loved one need to steadily increase the dose to provide relief.
Opiate dependence occurs when you or a loved one suddenly stop taking the opiate and begin to experience withdrawal symptoms. Yet, this doesn’t mean you have an addiction, which is called psychological dependence.
OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAMS IN MASSACHUSETTS
While there are many effective addiction treatment options available for opioid addiction in Massachusetts, a reliable and trustworthy opioid addiction treatment center in MA will work with you one-on-one to create a custom treatment plan for you or your loved one.
OUTPATIENT TREATMENT AT OUR MASSACHUSETTS OPIOID REHAB CENTER
Outpatient opioid addiction treatment programs are often the last step before resuming daily activities and routines. These programs prepare and connect you with supportive resources meant to help you maintain recovery long-term.
Refresh Recovery & Wellness Centers in Norwell, MA, offers four types of outpatient programs in a stair-step style focused on helping you or your loved one while offering flexibility for your schedule. Our part-time intensive outpatient program has three levels aimed at the severity of a use disorder and potential underlying mental health conditions.
WHY CHOOSE REFRESH RECOVERY
INDIVIDUALIZED CARE PLANS
FOUNDATIONAL SUPPORT FOR LIFELONG RECOVERY
TREATMENT FOR A WIDE VARIETY OF DISORDERS
MORE THAN A TREATMENT CENTER: WE’RE YOUR RECOVERY PARTNER
Many of our supportive staff have been right where you are and know the strength it takes to maintain a lasting recovery, and they’re here to help in every step.
As the medical and scientific communities race to find effective treatments for opioid use disorder, one form has emerged. The medication-assisted treatment uses evidence-based methods to support the entire well-being of yourself or your loved one rather than opioid use. This therapy combines medications — often buprenorphine, naltrexone, and/or methadone — cognitive therapies and counseling to create a holistic approach. Clinicians may adjust the medications and/or therapies during treatment to achieve the most effective results.
INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP THERAPY SESSIONS
Many people find support, understanding, and life-long skills through professional individual and group therapy. Depending on your individual needs, your treatment may include one or more therapy, such as:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): An individual form of talk therapy that identifies and addresses underlying causes of opioid misuse and other unhealthy behaviors.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): Similar to CBT, DBT focuses on client safety and self-acceptance while setting up increased emotional control.
- Motivational Interviewing (MI): A change in actions is the goal of MI as it energizes your core values and personal motivations.
- Trauma-Informed Treatment: This individual therapy empowers you or your loved one to safely process their experience in a safe and supportive space.
- Group Therapy: These sessions help clients learn from others in similar situations and practice coping and emotional skills.
- Family Support Groups: A pillar of opioid recovery is the support of family members. These groups focus on helping you and your loved ones learn and health together.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OPIOID REHAB PROGRAMS
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