Opioids are powerfully addictive substances that include both prescription drugs like oxycodone and illicit drugs such as heroin. You may be aware that the country has been gripped by an opioid epidemic. Opioids are highly addictive and likely to cause chemical dependency even after a short period of abuse. With addiction to opioids, the chemistry of the brain actually changes, making it extremely difficult to control the urge to use. For opioid addiction treatment in Manhattan, Garden Heights Recovery features a range of holistic treatments designed to target each aspect of the addiction. If you are addicted to an opioid, it’s essential to get treatment now. We can help you reclaim your life and safeguard your health.
Why Are Opioids So Addictive?
All opioids in one way or another are derived from the opium poppy, a botanical that has long been regarded for its potent chemistry. After all, many drugs derived from this plant like morphine have played an integral role in the advancement of medicine and have eased untold pain in individuals suffering from all types of wounds and health conditions. On the other hand, both prescription and illicit opioids have done irreparable harm with their addictive properties that rob people of their will and good health.
Opioids cause a surge of artificial endorphins in the brain. They target the area associated with feelings of reward and well-being. Over time, these chemicals actually ‘trick’ the brain into stopping the release of its own natural endorphins. So, the only way that a person addicted to experience positive feelings again is to continue to use the drug. And, as the addiction progresses, the use of the drug is less about feeling good and increasingly about preventing the mind and body from feeling bad.
What Happens in Opioid Rehab?
Addiction centers that help people addicted to drugs like Fentanyl and heroin are well-versed in opioid treatment. At Garden Heights Recovery, we help people addicted to many different types of substances including opioids. The first stage of opioid rehab is evaluation. Like other addiction rehabs, we feature different programs designed to help people at different stages of their recovery journey or people who have different needs. Some people require the rigid structure of partial hospitalization. Others simply need ongoing support after they complete an intensive treatment program.
During this assessment period, we get to know you, your story, your addiction, and your overall mental and physical health. It’s not uncommon for people living with a substance addiction to also have a co-occurring mental health condition such as anxiety or depression. Some people seeking treatment may also have a health condition that we need to take into consideration. If it happens that you require residential inpatient addiction treatment, we can refer you to another Manhattan rehab that offers residential inpatient treatment plans.
During our discussions, we’ll discuss the outpatient plans we offer. Some, like partial hospitalization, are highly structured. We also offer intensive outpatient therapy and flexible outpatient treatments. We’ll help you choose a plan that fits your needs.
Clinically Supervised Detox
Today, some people undergo supervised medical detox at home and some undergo detox in a rehab or hospital setting. Detox is typically the first stage of opioid addiction treatment. During this process, you’re slowly weaned from the drug until you no longer are said to have a physical dependency on it. That’s a bit misleading, however, as addiction involves mental and behavioral dependencies as well as the physical one.
Clinically supervised detox can take a few days, a week, or even a couple weeks. While withdrawal symptoms can be unpleasant, addiction specialists typically prescribe medications to reduce their intensity, allowing you to feel as comfortable as possible as you’re weaned from the opioid. Some common withdrawal symptoms of opioids include flu-like symptoms such as nausea, muscle aches, insomnia, anxiety, and powerful cravings for the drug. These symptoms will wane, but cravings may continue for quite some time. That’s why subsequent treatment is a must.
What Happens in Therapy for Opioid Addiction?
There are many different therapies that a person can choose to participate in after detox, including evidence-based treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy and alternative treatments such as art therapy or restorative yoga. You may find that you respond better to one type of treatment over another. Garden Heights Recovery features different treatment offerings including the motivational interviewing technique and reality therapy. We feature both one-on-one therapy sessions and group therapy to help you learn strategies for managing each aspect of your addiction.
Garden Heights Recovery has a strong focus on holistic treatments. We know that addiction isn’t only about the effects it can have on your brain’s reward system. It may be rooted in your emotions, your lifestyle choices, or even a traumatic event that you’ve suffered. So, we provide treatment for your addiction and also provide help with other aspects of your life in order to support complete recovery. For instance, we feature life and job skills training. Many people find that when they support one area of their lives, the benefit extends to other elements of life–including their recovery from addiction.
The Importance of Aftercare
An opioid rehab program that lasts 30, 60, or 90 days may not be adequate for some people’s needs. It’s not uncommon for people recovering from an opioid addiction to attend aftercare programs for ongoing support. The first year of recovery is often challenging as people practice new coping skills. Many people transition from intensive inpatient programs to our Manhattan outpatient therapy for further assistance on their recovery journey.
If you abuse opioids or suspect you may have an addiction, don’t wait to contact us at (201) 275-0181 to enroll in one of our holistic treatment plans. Garden Heights Recovery features a welcoming environment and caring therapists, counselors, and support staff. We know that recovery can be challenging, and we want to help you each step of the way so you can succeed in transforming your life and health–and achieving the sober life you crave.