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Opiate Addiction Help Options for Rapid Recovery

Opiate addiction has reached a crisis point in recent years, with approximately 2.5 million Americans addicted to heroin, fentanyl, methadone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and meperidine, as reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.  

As a result, spiking rates of opiate-related overdose deaths continue to rise.  According to a report published by the CDC, deaths from opiates in the U.S. exceeded 33,000 in 2015.  In fact, the alarmingly high death rates due to opiate overdoses among young white males caused the life expectancy to decline for the first time in decades.

An opiate dependency can take root in a very short time.  Someone who was prescribed pain medication for an injury or post-surgery, and took the drug according to the prescribed dosage, can experience withdrawal symptoms after just two weeks of use.  Someone who tries heroin once can become addicted immediately.  

Consequently, more and more drug rehab facilities are springing up in response to the need for opiate addiction help.  A variety of treatment options now exist to aid in achieving a rapid recovery, and a new beginning in life.

How Opiates Hijack the Brain

Opiates impact the central nervous system, which includes the brain, respiratory, and cardiovascular system.  The drug attaches to opiate receptors in the brain related to pain and pleasure, causing the heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate to slow and body temperature to drop.  Simultaneously, a relaxed sense of calm and wellbeing are experienced, while physical pain is masked.  With heroin use, individuals will experience a “rush,” a sense of euphoria that causes cloudy thinking and alternating between conscious and semi-conscious states.

Opiate dependence occurs when the brain’s reward center is hijacked after repeated use of the drug.  Tolerance is increased, leading to the need for more of the drug just to feel okay.  Neurochemistry is eventually rewired to demand continuous dosing, with highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms prompting the next dose. The individual is no longer able to experience pleasure because the brain now produces little dopamine, but cravings related to memories of that initial high continue to cause drug-seeking behaviors that further entrench the dependency.

Options for Rapid Recovery from Opiate Addiction

Opiate addiction help comes in many forms.  Once someone decides to get clean they usually desire as rapid a recovery as possible.  Detox for opiate addictions may include the following formats:

  • Outpatient detox.  For those with a milder or more recent opiate dependency, an outpatient detox program may be an appropriate choice.  Detox takes anywhere from a few days to about a week, and can be done at home with supervision from the outpatient facility.  Counseling is also available at the outpatient program.
  • Inpatient detox.  The detox and withdrawal of opiates in an inpatient facility involves supervised monitoring of the process.  Medications are offered to assist with the symptoms of muscle aches, nausea, headache, and fever.  Once the detox is completed, which can last up to a week, the individual begins the treatment program there.
  • Use of methadone or Suboxone.  Individuals are tapered off of the opiates and begin to use methadone or Suboxone, also opiates, to help.  Although these medications can reduce the severity of detox and withdrawal, the drugs themselves are highly addictive, trading one dependency for another.
  • Rapid detox.  An accelerated form of detox uses sedatives and Naltrexone to cut the detox period by several days.  It does not require anesthesia.
  • Ultra-rapid detox.  This method requires hospitalization as the patient is under a general anesthesia while the opiates are pushed out of their system via an intravenous line in minutes.  This method carries many health risks and is very expensive.

Addiction Helplines Offers Opiate Addiction Help

Opiate addiction help is just a phone call away.  Addiction Helplines can assess your specific detox needs and help guide you to a safe, high quality rehab for a rapid recovery.  Our expert staff works with a large network of detox facilities and inpatient rehabs and will match you with the program that is best suited for your needs.  For a free assessment and insurance check, call us today at (877) 228-3270.

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Get into Rehab Fast

Someone addicted to drugs and/or alcohol can be years into their addiction before it suddenly, and often dramatically, reaches the urgent nexus point of a life-threatening situation.  

Many addicts won’t even consider getting help until their addiction becomes a full-blown emergency, and then will begin the crazed process of finding an available bed.  They know they need to get into rehab fast, but soon realize that it may be easier said than done.

Whether it is an alcoholic who shakes so badly when they don’t drink that they can no longer even drive a car, or a heroin addict who continually finds themselves passed out in a park, a car, or on the bathroom floor, a sense of urgency begins to emerge.  There is a line that has been crossed, where death becomes a realistic possibility if they don’t get into treatment immediately.  The problem is, waiting lists and financing roadblocks can dangerously delay the effort to get into rehab fast, resulting in many addicts never making it into a program.

Same-day Detox Admittance

Without doubt, there are many emergency situations that call for a forced admission to the highest level of care available.  These would include overdoses, suicide attempts or threats, an acute medical emergency, or a psychotic break.  When danger to self is clearly evident, every attempt to gain immediate admission to an inpatient facility should be made.  

A crisis isn’t the only circumstance that would warrant speedy admission to a rehab.  It could be that after years of attempts to coax a loved one to get treatment, the day comes when they are finally willing.  That moment must be seized, before the addicted mind convinces them they are fine and don’t really need rehab.  In these cases it is wise to plan ahead and know what resources are available that can quickly facilitate an admissions intake interview and get your loved one into rehab fast, including transportation arrangements to the addiction rehab.

The Fallacy About Waiting for Addict to Hit Bottom

A popular ideology regarding when the time is right for rehab is the idea that the addict must first hit bottom.  The thinking goes that if the addict is pushed into alcohol and drug treatment before they are totally committed to sobriety it will fail.  Examples of an addict losing everything before bottoming out and seeking treatment on their own often accompany this line of thinking.  In many ways, this concept has merit, considering how difficult it is to help someone who doesn’t want to help themselves.

However, the “bottom” varies by individual.  For some addicts, they may reach their bottom after a job loss is followed by the breakup of their marriage, feeling they have lost everything they care about.  For other addicts, their bottom is death.  This is why it is dangerous to stubbornly adhere to this threshold, of hitting bottom, before acting in your loved ones best interest and knowing instinctively when the addiction is becoming life threatening.  Waiting for the addict to hit their bottom may be too late, so pay attention to your instincts and don’t delay.

Addiction Helplines Expedites Rehab Admissions for You

Whether a sense of urgency is demanding immediate admission to rehab, or you just want to put a plan in place for reference when a loved one is ready, Addiction Helplines is here to help expedite the process.  Getting your loved one into rehab fast is our utmost priority, and with a large national network of high quality addiction treatment providers we will make that happen.  

Our compassionate treatment specialists will guide you through the process of locating the best rehab for your needs, and even help arrange transportation if necessary.  We will take into account your specific needs and preferences, including whether there is a co-occurring mental health condition.  For more information and a free insurance check, call us today at (877) 228-3270.