Opiate drugs such as heroin, codeine, and morphine can quickly lead to addiction and physical dependence. Living with an opiate addiction can make it seem like sobriety is always right outside of reach – but by starting treatment at TN Detox’s opiate rehab centers, you can break free from the physiological pressures of addiction and learn how to live a better and healthier life in recovery.
Understanding Opiate Addiction
Opiates are one of the most common drugs of abuse in the United States – with over 9 million people using illicit opiate drugs each year, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These drugs can cause powerful euphoric effects, including a sense of relaxation, pain relief, and physical pleasure.
But opiate use can quickly lead to opiate addiction, leading to people experiencing several harmful symptoms and lasting brain changes that make it difficult for people to stop on their own. The feeling of relaxation that opiates bring rapidly becomes a constant feeling of tension and discomfort when opiates haven’t been used for just a few hours. The sensation of pain relief transitions into muscle aches and pain. Physical pleasure becomes emotional torment when you aren’t high on opiates.
This destructive cycle of opiate addiction can take root in just a few weeks or months. People begin to use opiates just to feel normal, and start spending an inordinate amount of time seeking out opiate drugs, using opiates, or recovering from their effects. Addiction begins to control the course of your life, and the prospect of achieving recovery seems too painful or difficult to seem possible.
How an Opiate Rehab Can Help
The opiate rehab centers at TN Detox have been designed from the ground up to provide the best in evidence-based care to help people break free from addiction. Using targeted medical treatments, rigorous behavioral therapies, and compassionate support from a team who cares about you and your wellbeing – anyone can recover.
But achieving recovery is a process, and requires carefully designed treatment protocols in order for people to recover. Our inpatient drug rehab can help you overcome each aspect of addiction, from breaking free from physiological dependence, learning skills and strategies to prevent future relapse, and helping our clients build strong support networks and relationships to last a lifetime.
Treating Physical Withdrawal
Opiate withdrawal symptoms are the first, and often most difficult barrier to people achieving recovery. While most of these symptoms are treated in our medical opiate detox, some symptoms can continue to linger for weeks or months after people achieve sobriety. Common symptoms include:
- Pain and tension
- Muscle aches
- Nausea or vomiting
- Disturbed sleep
- Hot and cold flashes
The opiate withdrawal timeline differs for everyone – most people will recover from these symptoms within two weeks, while some people may experience lingering symptoms known as “post-acute withdrawal syndrome.”
TN Detox Center’s opiate rehab program treats these symptoms in several different ways, including:
- Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT): MAT is the evidence-based practice of using targeted medications designed specifically to treat the physical symptoms of opioid dependence. These medications can vastly reduce or totally eliminate the uncomfortable experience of withdrawal, as well as making it easier to overcome the mental aspects of addiction.
- Recreational Therapies: By incorporating exercise, yoga, and restorative physical practices into our treatment program, people can accelerate their body’s path to healing and recovery.
Overcoming the physical symptoms of opiate addiction is a vital first step – as left untreated, many people will return to active addiction rather than continuing to suffer the persistent and uncomfortable symptoms.
Teaching Mental Resilience
Recovery doesn’t end at overcoming physical dependence. Addiction affects the mind as well as the body, and many people use opiates in an attempt to self-medicate co-occurring mental health conditions. That’s why the next steps in opiate rehab involve intensive behavioral therapies and interventions, designed to help people overcome drug cravings, resist future relapse, and learn healthier coping mechanisms for dealing with their challenges.
This includes therapies such as:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): In one-on-one therapy, CBT teaches people how to change the way they think about drug use, stress, and any number of mental health challenges. And by learning to change the way you think, you can start to feel better and change the way you react to difficult situations.
- Motivational Interviewing: Not everyone wants to be told what to do by a therapist. In a motivational interviewing session, a counselor collaborates with you to determine your own path to recovery, to find and cultivate the motivation to stay sober, and encourages you to take the steps needed to overcome your addiction.
- Relapse Prevention Programs: Relapse is a process – and a relapse prevention program helps clients to understand the process, identifying your unique triggers and scenarios that could become high-risk situations. Clients learn to plan for these situations, prevent them from occurring, and learn a pathway out without returning to substance use.
These are just a few of the evidence-based therapies we use at TN Detox Center – but together, they can create lasting resilience against the psychological challenges that people face when living with an opiate addiction.
Quitting opiate use can often feel extremely isolating, as people leave the social circles that encouraged their drug use and try to adopt a new way of life. But at TN Detox Center, recovery is inherently a social experience, and there are several structures in place to help people find the support they need to maintain their recovery long-term. We use several methods to cultivate this support system for our clients:
- Group Therapy: Often, the person best equipped to help someone break free from addiction is another person that has had the same experience and made it through to the other side. Group therapy connects multiple people working towards recovery together, and lets them share their experience, strength, and hope with one another in pursuit of a better life.
- Addiction Support Networks: Addiction support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, or Narcotics Anonymous are thriving recovery communities that can help people stay sober and learn to enjoy everything recovery has to offer.
- Family Therapy: Opiate addiction can wreak havoc on families – but through family therapy, you can begin to heal these bonds and find a stable support of recovery for years to come.
Building support is one of the most critical components of an effective treatment program – as the benefits of these support systems can last long after you’ve graduated from treatment.
Start Opiate Rehab at TN Detox Centers Today
Recovery from an opiate addiction isn’t always easy – but with the compassionate support of our team of addiction professionals, it is possible. Reach out to TN Detox Centers today by calling 615-488-5311 or filling out our confidential online contact form for more information and start taking back control over your life and wellbeing today.