Opioid abuse is at an all-time high, nationwide. While these pills are prescribed by doctors to alleviate post-surgical pain and to relieve other forms of acute or chronic pain, these drugs have a high abuse potential. The problems set in when the patient builds tolerance and must take more pills than prescribed to achieve the same relief, as well as that rush of euphoria it brings – the “high” many users end up craving more than relief from pain.
The unfortunate fact is opioids are not harmless and can wreak havoc on your life after your prescription bottle is empty and you have no more refills. Opiate addiction can even kill. To date, there have the number of opiate-related overdose deaths in the United States has quadrupled since 1999. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 70,000 people died in 2017 alone because of a painkiller overdose.
Am I Addicted to Opioids?
There is no blood test or lab work to definitively diagnose addiction, but there are distinct signs to look out for which can help you recognize that you might be suffering from opioid use disorder.
Some of the signs of opioid drug addiction include:
- You take your medication when you’re not in pain, but just to get high
- Reporting your pain to be more severe than it really is in order to obtain more and stronger opioid drugs
- You “doctor shop” to obtain more narcotic painkillers, or use an internet pharmacy to do so, or travel across the national borders to obtain pills in Mexico or Canada
- You go to more than one pharmacy to have your prescription filled
- You pay cash because your insurance company won’t refill your medication
- You get anxiety if you run out of pills before the next prescription can be filled
- You’ve taken painkillers prescribed to someone else
- You’ve injured yourself on purpose to get more painkillers
- You’ve resorted to heroin, because it’s cheaper, and you can’t get any other opioids (this is shockingly common)
Drug Rehab for Opioid Treatment Abuse
When you check-in at Walden, you can expect comprehensive treatment from our credentialed drug rehab professionals. We do more than simply detox you and send you back on your way home because truly effective treatment for drug abuse involves prioritizing lifestyle changes. This is accomplished via our continuum of treatment services designed to help you maximize your recovery.
At Walden, we offer the following services for adults and adolescents:
- Assessments and admissions, including providing treatment recommendations based on how long you’ve been using opioids, heroin, or other drugs, such as alcohol and taking into account the amount and frequency of your opioid use
- Medication-assisted treatment: During your detox, we will closely and safely monitor you as your body goes through a controlled withdrawal process so you are comfortable.
- Individual, group and family therapy: Many drug abusers have underlying mental health issues or co-occurring diagnoses. Our approach is evidence-based and trauma-informed.
- Inpatient treatment program: This will involve a medically-monitored detox, medical stabilization, and support in managing your wellness after discharge from detox
- Outpatient treatment program: Daytime and evening appointments can be as general or as intensive as needed, for those who would rather not do intensive inpatient treatment.
Ready to get started getting your life back on track? Contact Walden to learn more about how we can help you kick opiate addiction for good. Dial (301) 327-2555 or contact us online for a quick reply.