Opioid Addiction is a serious disease with destructive and life-threatening ramifications. It is important to seek professional help for addiction and not attempt to recover on your own. At Any Length Retreat, we address a variety of substance use disorders and can help you successfully conquer your addiction. Contact us to get help today. You and your family deserve to have your lives back!
Recovery Center in Austin for Opioid Addiction
Opioids are a classification of drug that is derived from, or a synthetic form of, opium. Morphine is the most abundant natural opioid found in opium, and it has been used for decades as a pain reliever. Over time, biomedical engineers found ways to alter the effects of morphine, increasing or reducing its strength depending on need. The result is a large class of highly addictive drugs, some naturally derived and some synthetic, with varying strengths and properties. Many of these drugs are available by prescription, such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and Codeine, but they are also available in the form of illicit street drugs like heroin. In fact, according to the NAMI, approximately 80% of current heroin addictions started with a prescription for an opioid pain reliever.
The Prescription Opioid Epidemic
Opioid addictions have become one of the most common substance use addictions in the United States today. The opioid epidemic is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. Many of those who become addicted to opioids do so after initially receiving a prescription from a doctor. The highly addictive nature of these medications makes it easy for the brain to crave more, even after their prescription ends. The patient is then forced to either endure the agony that comes with opioid withdrawal syndrome or look for another means of getting high. For many, that means turning to illicit street opioids such as heroin. The number of opioid-related drug overdoses drastically outnumbers every other drug combined, with the exception of alcohol. The NIH reports that an average 128 people die each day in the United States from opioid overdose.
Any Length Retreat in Austin, TX specializes in treatment programs for men with Opioid addictions. Learn more about our facility and how we can help you or your loved one recover from substance use disorder.
What are Common Prescription Opioids?
- morphine (Kadian, Avinza)
- hydrocodone (Vicodin)
- oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
- hydromorphone (Delaudid)
Effects of Opioid Addiction on the Mind & Body
Opioids bind to and activate certain receptors in the body, brain, and spinal cord that are directly involved in feelings of pleasure and pain. When opioids bind to these receptors, they block pain signals sent from the brain while releasing large amounts of dopamine throughout the body. The result is a lack of pain and a strong increase in pleasure. This desired effect strongly reinforces the act of taking the drug, making the user crave repeated experiences. In the short term, opioids relieve pain and make people feel extremely happy, however, effects of longer use can be highly detrimental to one’s health, including:
- slowed breathing
- sleep problems
How to Help My Loved One Fight Opioid Addiction
It’s easy to feel helpless watching someone struggle with addiction to Opioids – especially if that someone is your husband, son, father, or best friend. It’s tempting to try and care for them yourself. You want to provide them with whatever love, support, or money will get them through this. You want to give them shelter and protect them from themselves. In truth, the cycle of addiction to Opioids cannot be broken so easily, and it is important that your loved one seek professional help to overcome their substance use disorder.
At Any Length Retreat, we ensure that your loved one is guided safely and successfully through the various stages of treatment so they can overcome addiction and get a fresh start to life. Getting help for your loved one can be the greatest act of love. If you need assistance talking to your loved one about recovery, please reach out to us 24/7, free of charge, no commitment. We are here to help you!
Recovery from Opioid Addiction
Opioids are highly addictive substances that typically cannot be stopped without professional substance use treatment. Men addicted to opioids who stop taking the drug can experience severe withdrawal symptoms that begin as early as a few hours after their last dose. These symptoms include:
- muscle and bone pain
- sleep problems
- diarrhea and vomiting
- cold flashes with goose bumps
- uncontrollable leg movements
- severe cravings
These symptoms can be agonizing and are often the reason why people find it so difficult to stop using the drug. It is extremely important to seek help from professionals to overcome an opioid addiction safely and successfully. At Any Length Retreat we offer a number of programs that focus on healing the whole individual – mind, body, and spirit. By addressing the inherent causes of addiction rather than just their symptoms (trigger, cravings, etc.) men and their families achieve fundamental, lifelong recovery as well as a new freedom and a new purpose. We provide a number of prescription drug recovery programs including:
- Residential Rehab
- 30 Day Intensive
- 60 Day
- 90 Day
- Individualized Treatment Plans
- 12 Step Facilitation
- Social Learning Therapy
- Community Involvement
- Group Therapy
- Fitness & Wellness
- Mindfulness & Meditation
The Highest-Rated Drug Rehab Center for Men in Austin, TX
If you or your loved one suffers from Opioid addiction, please contact us today. We are here to help you 24/7, free of charge and no commitment. Our programs are open to men of all ages, including teens, college students, young men, and adults. The best thing you can do for yourself or your loved one is reach out for help. Get on the path to your best life today with the highest-rated recovery center for men in Central Texas. Our compassionate and supportive admissions staff is standing by to help you, day and night.
*Any Length Retreat is a supportive, educational recovery program and community. It is not a substitute for psychotherapy, clinical or medical treatment for substance use disorders or mental health disorders.