The opioid dependence crisis is all over the news lately, and it’s clear that these painkillers and other substances are ruining lives. If you or a loved one have used opioids and are now struggling with opioid dependence, you may be wondering what’s making it so hard to get off of the drugs your doctor prescribed. Most people who struggle with opioid addiction never intended to use drugs illegally. No matter how tough of a time you’re having getting off of opioids, recovery is possible. At Tides Edge Detox, we provide safe medically assisted detox programs to help you get your recovery started on the right foot.
Let’s take a look at why opioid dependence is such a widespread problem.
Your Brain’s Natural Opioids
Ordinarily, the brain produces natural opioids as a response to pain. These opioids are not very strong and do not provide a high. They provide temporary relief from the body’s natural pain response to an injury or illness. When the brain works properly, opioids release in times of pain or distress and can contribute to an overall sense of well-being.
Opioid Dependence and Brain Chemistry
When the medical community first began to use opioid pain medications, it seemed like a miracle answer for patients dealing with both acute and chronic pain. However, researchers and drugmakers did not thoroughly research these drugs in the areas of addiction and dependence. People who took opioid pain relievers that their doctor prescribed found that they were going through their pain medication quickly, often resorting to illegal means to get more medication.
As outside opioids enter the body, brain chemistry begins to change. The brain no longer produces natural opioids. When the body runs out of outside opioids, withdrawal symptoms set in. The brain is being hit in two ways – first, it’s not producing any of its natural opioids. Secondly, it’s not getting the feel-good hit from outside opioids.
This combination can make it feel impossible to overcome opioid dependence without help from a professional opioid detox center. Thus, most people need help to get off of opioids for good, as the withdrawal symptoms can become unbearable at best (and dangerous at worst).
Getting Help Starts with Detox
We know that it can be hard to ask for help. We’re glad that you’re researching to learn more about opioid dependence. If you think that you or a loved one is struggling with opioid dependence, learning more about treatment options is the first step to getting well. At Tides Edge Detox, we provide medication-assisted treatment to help you wean off opioids as you safely get the drugs out of your body. You’ll work with medical personnel throughout your detox, helping you to stay as comfortable as possible. We know that the thought of detox can be scary, but you don’t have to go through this alone.
As you detox from opioids, we offer several different treatments to help you come out on the other side. These include:
- Individual counseling
- Group therapy programs
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Yoga therapy as well as other holistic treatments
- Access to Beaches Recovery
Call Tide’s Edge Detox for Help with Opioid Dependence
We know that it’s not easy to ask for help. If you’re struggling with opioid dependence, you don’t have to spend the rest of your life in pain or wondering how you’re going to get your hands on more medication. Freedom from addiction is possible. A medically assisted detox is the first step toward getting your life back. If you’re ready to live a life free of addiction, we want to help. Contact Tides Edge Detox at 866.723.3127 to talk with one of our admissions counselors to learn more about our detox program. Recovery is possible, and we can help.