Opioid addiction is continuing to increase in the United States as one of our country’s biggest social problems. Even worse, it’s become even easier to obtain opioid drugs. This makes it easy for addiction to these prescription painkillers to take hold and continue. When someone you love suffers addiction to opioids, they need addiction treatment.

Why Opioid Drugs Are So Addictive

Picture of Opioid Drugs on a TableOpioid drugs not only ease the pain, but they also generate feelings of euphoria. Rather they have a legitimate prescription or they obtained the drugs illegally on the street, individuals enjoy the relaxing, pleasurable high of opioids.

Even when used as prescribed, long-term use of opioid drugs can lead to addiction. When the body becomes accustomed to the painkillers and requires more for the same pleasurable effects, individuals have developed a higher tolerance. When individuals experience an increase in tolerance, they’re risk of overdose also increases.

Signs of Opioid Addiction

Continuing to use opioid drugs despite suffering negative consequences is a clear sign of opioid addiction. There are also clear physical signs of opioid overuse, including elation or euphoria, clear sedation or drowsiness, confusion, tiny pupils, slow breathing, nodding off, and constipation. Along with physical signs, there are also telltale behaviors. Some of those behaviors include doctor shopping, mood swings, social isolation, and financial problems.

Your loved one might also exhibit withdrawal symptoms. These uncomfortable symptoms may include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Inability to sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea

Opioid abuse causes long-term health effects, too. Those long-term problems include weakening of the immune system, abdominal issues ranging from constipation to bowel perforation, bloodborne illnesses, respiratory problems, and other organ injuries. The short-term effects of opioids, long-term consequences, and potential for a deadly opioid overdose are reasons why you or the person you love need immediate addiction treatment.

Opioid Addiction Treatment

One of the first experiences you or the person you love will have in addiction treatment is an assessment. This assessment begins with questions about your addiction, such as

  • How long you’ve used the drug
  • When you took your last dose
  • How you gain your supply

Your answers to these questions help shape your individual treatment plan for your best chance of lasting recovery.

Treatment for most people suffering addictions begins in detox. Detox is where your body cleanses itself of drugs, alcohol, and other toxins. This withdrawal process takes you out of physical dependence for a fresh start in sobriety.

After detox, you transition into residential inpatient treatment or intensive outpatient treatment program. Which of our addiction treatment programs you enter depends on your health condition, addiction, home support system, insurance coverage, financial resources, and other factors. Ultimately, the goal of rehab is to give you the best possible chance for long-term recovery.

During rehab, you gain several types of therapies. These include individual counseling, group therapy, Family Support and other counseling. Therapies help uncover why you abused substances in the first place, the underlying causes of your addiction. Then you learn how to overcome these triggers and gain coping skills needed for relapse prevention.

Serenity Lodge in Southern California for Opioid Treatment

At Serenity Lodge in Southern California, residential and intensive outpatient programs provide the therapies and support you need for lasting recovery. Serenity Lodge is an amenity-rich environment, enabling you to focus on your recovery while building support and healthy interests for your future. Amenities of Serenity Lodge include:

  • Movie theater
  • Professional recording studio
  • Golf and racquetball
  • 1,500 square foot gym for fitness therapy
  • Meditation and nutritional, prepared meals
  • Swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna

With the help of a quality rehab program, you can have the life you want in recovery. For the residential or intensive outpatient treatment you need, call Serenity Lodge now at 866-379-4365.