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Treatment for opioid addiction at Rock Recovery Center gives Floridians a second chance at life. Because opioids are such addictive substances, they possess the power to completely take over someone’s livelihood. We want to provide our patients with the tools and knowledge to give them the best opportunity for a complete recovery.
Opioids are most commonly used to treat pain and discomfort. They naturally come from the white, milky sap of the opium poppy. Studies show that humans have been using this substance for centuries. Opium can be dated back as far as 3400 BC when it was called “the joy plant.”
Because opioids have been around for centuries, they’ve also made their way into modern medicine practices. With new technology, they can now be derived naturally, as well as synthetically produced. With different forms of opioids being available to be prescribed, it makes sense why so many individuals fall victim to addiction.
Over the years, many different types of opioids have emerged. They can consist of legal and illegal substances, as well as be derived naturally or made synthetically.
The effects that opioids can have on the brain and body are alarming. They cause both to become very dependent on the feelings they give when taken. Because of this, they are classified as extremely addictive drugs.
When entering the body, opioids attach themselves to the nerve cells in the brain called opioid receptors. By doing this, they start to affect different regions of the brain and send off signals of pleasure. The different areas that are highly affected are the regions of the brainstem, spinal cord, and limbic system. This allows these parts of the brain to start giving off feelings of relaxation and contentment, even when in pain.
Opioids affect the body by blocking the signals from the areas of pain. This allows individuals to have feelings of comfort while the reaction is taking place. If used on a daily basis, opioids can cause individuals to develop serious illnesses. They can also slow down the metabolism to make them harder to break down.
Consuming illegal opioids isn’t the only way someone can develop an opioid addiction. Individuals who are prescribed opioids are subject to becoming addicted to the substance, as well.
In the early 2000s, especially from 2003 to 2010, Florida experienced a large increase in doctors prescribing opioids for cash only. By 2010, more than 90% of doctors buying the oxycodone supply in the U.S. were traced back to practicing in Florida. This caused an increased number of prescription pill overdoses during these years.
In February 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration began its investigation into the distribution of these pain pills in the state. The state also passed new laws making it much harder to prescribe opioids without proper knowledge or consent. Since then, the number of opioid-related deaths has significantly dropped in Florida.
Like the rest of the U.S., Floridians are experiencing the detrimental effects of the opioid crisis that has swept the nation. In 2016, more than 4,500 deaths were attributed to opioid overdoses. At Rock Recovery Center, we want to help change the narrative. We want to give individuals affected by opioid addiction a way out of the abusive cycle.
Acknowledging that you need treatment for opioid addiction isn’t easy. Once this has been identified, the first step to recovery will be the detoxification process. Treatment center staff will provide you with around the clock care to ensure that detox is a smooth process.
Opioid detoxification is the process of removing the substance slowly from the body. Our goal is to give you a comfortable experience when going through opioid detox. Once complete, you will be able to live day-to-day without relying on opioids.
During the detox process, many patients experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can range from mild to severe. They include things like shaking, vomiting, sweats, fever, headaches, trouble sleeping, etc.
The period of withdrawal can be one of the hardest during treatment. We are here to assist with that. The goal of staff is to give you the support needed in order to make it through the symptoms. This will give you the highest chance of a full recovery.
We take treatment for opioid addiction seriously at Rock Recovery Center. Because of the severity of the opioid situation in Florida, we want to provide a safe haven for our patients. In order to do that, we offer many levels of treatment for all types of people.
Our partial hospitalization program (PHP) is for the most intense opioid addictions. Under the influence of opioids, the senses are what are affected the most. Often, patients can develop both a mental disorder and an addiction disorder at the same time because of this.
In PHP, we focus on our patient’s psychological wellness in order to combat the changes the opioids have made to the brain and body. We incorporate dual diagnosis programs, which treat both disorders at the same time.
In intensive outpatient and regular outpatient treatment our patients are allowed to keep somewhat of a normal schedule when it comes to their outside responsibilities. These can include things like work, school, and taking care of their family members.
As the name suggests, intensive outpatient treatment will have a stricter treatment load. It is also suggested sometimes to be paired with an inpatient program to maximize effectiveness. Our outpatient treatment programs cater to those with more mild addictions. These patients will have more flexibility with their plans and allow them to live at home while attending treatment.
Our staff at Rock Recovery offers a variety of therapies while on the road to recovery. We know how important it is to be able to appeal to different interests of our patients. Some of these include:
Take the first step in releasing the grip that opioids have on your life. Reach out to our staff by messaging or calling us today. We want to help you learn how we can help you achieve your goals and overcome your addiction.