Opioid addiction, also referred to as opioid use disorder, is a chronic disease that can cause significant medical, mental, social, and economic difficulties. Opioids are a class of drugs that affect the nervous system by blocking pain and often creating feelings of pleasure. They have the potential to become highly addictive, especially when someone misuses them.
In recent years, opioid use in the United States has increased so dramatically that it is now considered an epidemic. The most immediate danger from opioid use is the very high risk for overdose. Many people mistakenly believe that an overdose only occurs with long-term drug use, but the fact is, the potential for opioid overdose is present even with first-time use.
Spokane Falls Recovery Center in Washington strives to reduce the prevalence of opioid addiction in our society. If you or a loved one suffers from opioid addiction, you can get help now by calling 844.962.2775 to learn about our opioid addiction treatment options.
Recognizing the Need for Opioid Treatment
There are a variety of drugs involved in the opioid epidemic. They include prescription medications or illegally manufactured versions of them, street drugs, and even drugs designed to help treat addiction.
Often, opioid abuse and addiction begin with using medications prescribed to manage pain following major surgery or injury. When this happens, it can be especially difficult for an individual to accept or even to recognize. Here are some signs that can indicate the need to seek treatment:
- Not taking the medication as prescribed: Are you taking your prescription in larger doses or in a way that is not intended, such as snorting it?
- Can’t control use: Do you become agitated if you can’t take your prescription on time, or have you developed cravings for the drug?
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms: Are you experiencing symptoms like sweating, fever, body aches, and vomiting as a result of not taking your prescription?
- Negatively impacting daily life: Are you neglecting your school, work, or family obligations, or have you gotten into legal trouble?
- Drug-seeking behavior: Have you lied to medical providers about your need for medication, asked for medication from others, or illegally purchased prescription medications?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it could be a sign that your opioid drug use may be putting your health and safety at risk, even if it is a prescription. Call Spokane Falls Recovery Center at 844.962.2775 or reach out via our online form to arrange a full assessment and intervention today.
Health Risks Associated with Opioid Addiction
If you are suffering from an opioid use disorder, you are certainly not alone. There are currently millions of Americans also struggling. Opioids activate receptors on cells throughout the body to block pain signals and release large amounts of dopamine. Their effectiveness is precisely what makes them so dangerous. Side effects of opioid use can include:
- Drowsiness and sedation
- Dizziness and confusion
- Nausea, vomiting, and constipation
- Respiratory depression
What Treatment Programs Are Available?
At Spokane Falls Recovery Center, we offer a range of treatment options, including:
- Assessment and intervention
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Outpatient program
- Individual and group therapy
- Legal guidance and support
Opioid addiction treatment is different for everyone. Some may require the full range of programs we offer, while others may benefit from only one or two. Our staff is available to help determine which treatments will be best suited to your individual needs.
Get Treatment at Spokane Falls Recovery Center
Spokane Falls Recovery Center in Washington provides evidence-based treatment for a wide array of substance use disorders like prescription drug addiction. We offer individualized, holistic treatment that addresses our patients’ physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs. If you or someone you love is misusing or addicted to legal or illegal opioids or is experiencing opioid withdrawal symptoms, help is available. Call us at 844.962.2775 to start your recovery today.