Opiate Addiction Treatment in Memphis

Treatment for Opioid & Opiate Use Disorders

In recent years, the United States has seen an unprecedent opioid crisis. In the early 1990s, pharmaceutical companies wrongly assured medical professionals that opioids were not addictive. As a result, more and more patients were prescribed opioids to help treat a variety of conditions. Unfortunately, opioids are highly addictive, and the overprescribing of these medications quickly led to increased opioid abuse and addiction. By 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had declared a public state of emergency, with more than 10 million people estimated to be misusing or abusing opioid prescriptions throughout the country.

If you are struggling to control your opioid use, or if someone you love is addicted to opioids, professional opioid addiction treatment can offer the chance of a new life. At Grace Land Recovery, we assist individuals and families with comprehensive opioid addiction treatment in Memphis and the surrounding areas. Our personalized, whole-person approach focuses on healing from the inside out. As a dual-diagnosis center, we specialize in treating substance use disorders and co-occurring mental and behavioral health conditions.

Contact us online or call (901) 519-2655 to learn more.

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What Are Opioids?

Opioids are a type of drug known as a “painkiller.” When taken, opioids attach to opioid receptors in the brain, which are responsible for regulating pain, emotions, and certain behaviors. Users typically experience a “rush” after taking opioids, as the brain is signaled to release dopamine and other “feel-good” chemicals. Over time, however, the brain loses the ability to perform this function on its own. As a result, chronic opioid users must continue taking opioids to experience feelings of pleasure and reduce uncomfortable symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal.

Types of Opioids

There are three main types of opioids:

  • Natural Opioids: Naturally occurring opioids are known as opiates or alkaloids. Natural opioids are derived from the opium poppy plant and include drugs like morphine, codeine, and heroin.
  • Semi-Synthetic Opioids: Semi-synthetic opioids are manufactured in labs using natural opioids. Examples of semi-synthetic opioids include hydromorphone, hydrocodone, heroin, and oxycodone (the prescription drug OxyContin).
  • Synthetic Opioids: The third and last type of opioid is strictly manmade opioids manufactured from an assortment of chemicals that produce the same effects as opium. Examples of this type of opioid include fentanyl, methadone, tramadol, and dextropropoxyphene.

What Are the Most Commonly Abused Opioids?

Opioids and opiates are highly addictive drugs, meaning they have a high potential for abuse. This is true whether an individual misuses a prescription medication or begins using an illicit opiate, such as heroin.

Some of the most commonly abused illicit and prescription opioids include:

  • Heroin
  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Codeine
  • Tramadol
  • Methadone

Prescription opioids are frequently abused, as they are relatively easy to obtain. Furthermore, users may find it easier to hide prescription opioid misuse and abuse because they have been prescribed these medications for valid purposes. As a result, it is easier to downplay one’s own opioid abuse or brush off concerns from others.

Causes of Opioid or Opiate Addiction

Opioids come in many forms. In some cases, they can be legitimate medications (prescription painkillers) prescribed by doctors for serious medical conditions. Conversely, they also come as illicit drugs like heroin and fentanyl.

As for what causes opioid addiction, it’s usually one of two things. First, the user might have an opioid prescription that he or she started abusing over time. This form of abuse often develops due to prescription opioid users not following their doctors’ instructions.

For example, opioid users may purposely take more pills at one time than what was prescribed for them with the hope that doing so would relieve them of more pain more quickly. Other people with opioid prescriptions may take their opioid medications for longer than prescribed due to persistent pain.

Some people may even abuse prescription opioids to cope with symptoms of poor mental health or to escape real-life problems. Unfortunately, when people don’t follow their doctors’ orders when it comes to their prescription opioid use, they tend to develop opioid addictions.

People tend to use illicit opioids recreationally to escape their real-life problems or deal with co-occurring mental health conditions or trauma. When people abuse illicit opioids, it’s often because they’ve already previously abused other substances that were milder but were no longer producing the same effects they once did.

What Are the Effects of Opioid Abuse on the Brain & Body?

From a scientific point of view, opioids attach themselves to the pain receptors in the brain. They serve to interrupt feelings of pain. These drugs are also popular because they create a bit of euphoria or a state of relaxation in the early days of abuse.

As time goes on, opioids can start breaking down the body. They can even cause brain damage. Opioids are also highly addictive. For example, some people have reported the onset of an addiction to heroin in as little as a week of significant abuse.

Long-Term Effects of Opioid Addiction

  • GI problems
  • Respiratory issues
  • Increase change on stroke or heart failure
  • Negtive impact on reproductive health

Signs & Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction has the ability to devastate lives. As such, it’s very rare for someone to have an addiction to opioids without it becoming quite evident to the people around them. With that in mind, you should know that the signs and symptoms of opioid addiction can take two forms: physical and behavioral.

Below are some of the most common signs and symptoms of opioid abuse and addiction:

  • Inability to manage personal responsibilities like paying bills
  • Constant need to keep increasing doses to get the desired effect
  • Illicit behavior related to buying or selling opioids
  • Relationship problems at school, home, and work
  • Unkempt personal appearance
  • Significant weight loss
  • Sleeping problems

Signs of an Opioid Overdose

Given the dangerous nature of some opioid substances, opioid overdoses are far too frequent. Perhaps, some overdose deaths would be preventable if people knew how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose.

The signs of opioid overdose include:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Bluish color around lips and fingernails
  • Slowed breathing and heart rate
  • Unresponsiveness to stimuli

Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

When a person who suffers from an opioid addiction minimizes or discontinues their use of the substance, they will experience withdrawal symptoms.

Examples of opioid withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Hallucinations and nightmares
  • Alarming increase in heart rate and blood pressure
  • Cramping, convulsions, and tremors in the extremities
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of body control and function
  • Psychosis

Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Prior to entering opioid addiction rehab, one must typically attend medical detox due to the severity of withdrawal symptoms and the potential danger of withdrawal complications.

Many of the top opioid rehab centers offer a medical detox program. They do this to provide a safe and secure environment for clients to detox. If you show signs of distress while detoxing from opioids at a medical detox facility, medical professionals will be on standby and ready to assist you. If necessary, the medical professionals at a detox facility can give you prescription medications to help you manage your withdrawal symptoms.

Therapy for Opioid Addiction

After going through the detox process, opioid addicts will go through addiction treatment and therapy. In fact, individuals attending opiate addiction treatment will likely go through intensive therapy. Intensive therapy is necessary for those attending opioid addiction rehab so that they can learn why they abuse opioids, their triggers for abusing opioids, and proper coping mechanisms to use to manage those triggers.

In many cases, group and family therapy are included in the treatment process for opiate addiction. In both of these forms of therapy, opioid addiction rehab patients get to interact with other people and build upon their support group. If used properly, these forms of support could help to recover opioid addicts avoid relapse.

Other forms of therapy that are effective when treating opioid addiction include:

Attend Addiction Rehab at Grace Land Recovery

As one of the top opiate addiction treatment centers in Memphis, Tennessee, we here at Grace Land Recovery have a large and compassionate staff of treatment professionals who are well-versed in treating opioid addiction. We also offer specialized and individualized addiction treatment programs for a wide variety of other substance use disorders. We strive to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, from of judgment, that allows our patients the space they need to heal.

If you are tired of struggling to control your opioid use, or if you are concerned about someone you love, do not hesitate to reach out to our team at Grace Land Recovery. We can help you learn more about our program and take the necessary steps to get started on the road to recovery.

Get in touch with us today by calling (901) 519-2655 or by contacting us online.

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