Opioid addiction is a disorder that has swept the US like a wildfire. Nearly 2 million people are living and struggling with an addiction to opiate drugs, such as:
Addiction treatment is crucial for helping people overcome opioid dependency.
Freedom from addiction is difficult to achieve, and opiates are one of the most difficult classes of drugs from which to detox. Since addiction is a chronic and relapsing disease, professional treatment is required for people to successfully recover. Addiction treatment is offered in the following order:
Before finding freedom from addiction, an individual who is dependent on these substances must first go through acute withdrawals. Withdrawing from opiates is very painful, and medications are available to assist people through this process. The most commonly used medications in opioid addiction care are:
Opioid withdrawal management is not, in and of itself, a treatment method for addiction. However, the strong cravings that occur during withdrawal often drive an addict to relapse, leading to continued use. An addiction specialist must work with each recovering addict to discover the best method of withdrawal management. Using a tool called the Objective Opioid Withdrawal Scale (OOWS), the severity of symptoms are analyzed in order to offer the best symptom management possible.
As more people slip into this terrible form of addiction, community education and prevention programs become increasingly vital. If you or someone you love is suffering from addiction, modern treatment protocols allow for the most comfortable and safe recovery that has ever been possible. Contact Freedom From Addiction for more information about opioid addiction and treatment options. We can help.
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