Ohio is one of the five states with the highest death rates linked to opioid overdose. This rate has risen steadily and drastically in Ohio since 2009. The number of opioid drugs prescribed annually in Ohio is significantly higher than the national average.
Many people who struggle with addiction to opioids begin by taking a prescription painkiller. The euphoric effects of opioid drugs and their ability to change the perception of pain makes them highly addictive. Since heroin is often cheaper and more widely available than prescription opioids, numerous individuals eventually turn to this dangerous alternative.
At The Bluffs, we hope to prevent the damage that opioid abuse and addiction can cause. Our specialized treatment programs for heroin and opioid addiction offer holistic care to individuals who are ready to battle addiction.
Heroin And Opioid Detoxification
An opioid addiction treatment program at The Bluffs begins with medically supervised detoxification. Heroin and other opioids not only cause a mental addiction, but also a physical dependence. This means that a person’s body does not function normally without the drug.
Even with prescribed use, opioids can cause withdrawal symptoms if someone stops taking them abruptly. When an individual is addicted to an opioid drug, they are likely to be more severely dependent, which makes withdrawal symptoms worse.
Opioid withdrawal symptoms can start within 12 hours after the last dose and may include:
- muscle aches
Opioid withdrawal can be very unpleasant. A medically supervised detox program regulates withdrawal symptoms to make the process more comfortable. This may include medication administered to reduce the severity of symptoms, as well as monitoring of vital signs. When the drug is out of a person’s system, they may begin an addiction treatment program.
Heroin And Opioid Addiction Treatment Program
Many factors in a person’s life and personality can lead to addiction. The best treatment programs address all of the influences that encourage substance abuse. A professional assessment at the onset of The Bluffs’ opioid rehab program allows treatment plans to be tailored to individual needs.
Depending on the severity of an opioid addiction, a long-term program may be most beneficial. People suffering from prolonged addiction, polysubstance abuse or co-occurring mental disorders often need more time in treatment to truly get to the heart of the matter.
In fact, three months or more in treatment may be ideal for most people struggling with a substance use disorder. Our inpatient rehab program takes the time to explore deeply ingrained issues that may eventually lead to relapse. We use a wide range of evidence-based therapies in conjunction to provide the most comprehensive care.
Individual Counseling And Group Therapy
Individual counseling allows a person struggling with addiction to develop a trusting relationship with a therapist. Together, the two set goals for the individual’s recovery and discuss progress made during the course of treatment. This one-on-one format allows for deeper discussion and examination of issues related to opioid addiction.
Group therapy sessions bring together people to discuss their experiences with opioid addiction. These groups are often led by a licensed therapist who may provide insight and guidance. People in therapy groups may work together to meet common therapeutic goals. Peer support groups are less formal, but still focus on common struggles and may continue after treatment ends.
Cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) are often used to treat opioid use disorders. These therapies help people recognize and remedy negative thought patterns that lead to unhealthy behavior, like abusing heroin or other opioids. They also teach an individual how to regulate their emotions and attitudes.
It is very important for an individual suffering from opioid addiction to gain control of their emotions and thought patterns so they can choose more positive actions. Behavioral therapy teaches skills for coping with stress and reacting proactively to negative life events. As a person progresses, they are able to build their confidence and regain control of their lives.
Even after detoxification, a person may experience cravings associated with opioid addiction. At times, cravings can become so strong that a person returns to using heroin or opioids. In an effort to keep people in treatment so they can obtain abstinence, opioid addiction treatment programs may use medication-assisted treatment.
Some medications that have been approved to treat opioid use disorders include buprenorphine (Subutex, Suboxone) and naltrexone. Buprenorphine works in the brain to reduce cravings, while naltrexone blocks the euphoric effects of opioid drugs. This can make it easier for an individual to resist relapse and focus on recovery.
Medication management may continue outside of a treatment program to prevent someone from returning to opioid abuse. When a person feels they are strong enough to live without the medication, it is tapered off. Medication-assisted treatment produces the best outcome when used in combination with other therapies.
Other Opioid Addiction Treatment Methods
Nutrition and fitness may be integrated into an opioid addiction treatment program to encourage wellness. Physical health is a vital part of the healing process. Addiction to heroin or other opioids can wear on the body and weaken the immune system. A healthy body and mind are able to heal more quickly and completely.
One major aspect of mental health that contributes to addiction is the inability to deal with stress. If someone cannot handle stress in a productive way, they are more likely to turn to substance abuse and develop an addiction. Opioid drug rehab programs may teach positive stress management outside of behavioral therapy through mindfulness training, yoga and meditation.
Alternative therapies like expressive and adventure therapies give individuals the opportunity to explore different ways of self-expression and to develop new hobbies. Expressive therapies may use art, music or writing to open up fresh areas of a person’s mind and encourage uninhibited emotional expression.
Adventure therapy challenges people to participate in active team-building activities like hiking. This type of therapy can produce a healthy adrenaline rush, introducing individuals to a natural alternative to the high from opioid use.
Continued Care For Opioid Addiction Recovery
Once a person has completed an opioid addiction treatment program, it can be challenging for them to return to everyday life. The home environment may be rife with relapse triggers and people who encourage opioid abuse.
Heroin and opioid addiction treatment programs at The Bluffs continue to support recovering individuals after their residential treatment has ended. We stay in contact with alumni to encourage their ongoing progress as they integrate back into society.
Alumni support groups provide a setting for people who completed a treatment program to stay in touch and support each other. These groups may offer recreational activities that encourage positive fun and a healthy bond between members.
Community support groups can also be helpful in sustaining abstinence. These groups do not require regular attendance, but individuals can attend them as often as needed to meet with others who share the challenge of recovering from addiction.
While relapse prevention is a major component of opioid addiction treatment, the reality of living substance-free after an inpatient drug rehab program can be more difficult than people think. Aftercare services reinforce lessons learned in treatment to help individuals make better choices and live healthier lives.
Find Treatment For Heroin And Opioid Addiction
The highly addictive nature of heroin and other opioid drugs leads many people to drop out of treatment or relapse before completing a rehab program. Our multifaceted treatment plans at The Bluffs works with individuals to resolve all of the factors that contribute to addiction so they can find freedom in recovery.