Opioid use and addiction is an epidemic across the United States. People from all walks of life struggle with prescription opioids and street drugs like heroin. Unfortunately, opioids are highly addictive and hard to stop taking without substance abuse treatment and community support. At Athens Recovery, we provide comprehensive opioid addiction treatment that fits our clients’ busy lives for a long, healthy future.
If you or someone in your life is struggling with opioids, Athens Addiction Recovery Center can help. Our Athens, GA outpatient clinic helps students, families, and professionals navigate opioid recovery together. Call us now at 844.959.4998 to learn more about our outpatient opioid rehab programs.
What Are Opioids?
Opioids are synthetic or semi-synthetic drugs made from opiates. Opiates are naturally occurring substances found in the opium poppy. Morphine is the most common opiate, often used in hospitals for post-op recovery and end-of-life care. Common opioids include:
Opioids are prescribed for pain relief and provide an immediate rush of dopamine to the brain. The effects of opioids are strong and often short-lived. The more often someone takes an opioid, the higher their tolerance becomes. This means that a person may need a higher dose of opioids quickly. Unfortunately, this can lead to dependency and overdose.
Opioid Addiction Treatment
While opioids provide fast and effective pain relief, they also change a person’s brain chemistry. This can make it incredibly difficult to stop taking opiates. Unfortunately, many people become dependent on prescription opioids and then switch to heroin or street fentanyl because they are more accessible. Opioid addiction treatment is the safest and most effective way to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms and prevent a return to use.
Medically Assisted Detox for Opioids
Medically assisted detox is one of the best tools in opioid detox. Nurses administer medication to reduce withdrawal symptoms and help clients gradually reduce their opioid intake with safe and effective medications. For many people, medically assisted detox with medications like Suboxone and methadone reduces cravings and helps them return to a normal life without the risk of a return to use.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Opioid Use
Because opioids stop physical and emotional pain, they are often used for self-medicating and self-soothing. 50% of people living with addiction have co-occurring disorders like ADHD, anxiety, and depression. Opioid rehab can help diagnose and treat co-occurring disorders. Sometimes, treating co-occurring disorders not only reduces addiction triggers and cravings but makes them go away entirely.
Therapies for Opioid Addiction
Addiction therapies are essential to opioid recovery. At Athens Recovery, we use cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy to help clients understand their behaviors and emotions. In individual sessions, clients develop tools to change their behavior, withstand painful situations, and embrace the present moment. With trauma-informed therapy, EMDR, group, and family therapy, our clients get to the root cause of their opioid use and receive the support they need for recovery.
Reach Out to Learn More About Opioid Rehab in Athens Georgia
Today, there are many misconceptions about opioid use. In reality, students, families, and working professionals struggle with opioid use every day. At Athens Recovery, we’ve made it our mission to support the local community with outpatient addiction treatment that fits their schedules. Our partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs provide clients with flexibility and comprehensive drug and alcohol addiction treatment. Just a few of the services and therapies we offer include:
- Group therapy and support groups
- Behavioral therapies
- Meditation therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Family therapy
- Trauma-informed therapy
- Dual diagnosis
- Medically assisted detox
Located near the University of Georgia, we’re ready to help you and your loved ones recover from opioid addiction and mood disorders together.
Start opioid addiction recovery today in Athens, Georgia. Call us now at 844.959.4998 to find the right opioid addiction treatment program for you.