Opioid Addiction Treatment in Asheville, NC
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Opioids or narcotic medications are drugs that slow down natural processes in the body, like breathing rates. They affect the brain as well to increase pleasant feelings. Many people who were prescribed opioid medications for pain caused by a variety of different conditions unfortunately become dependent on the medications to provide the pleasant feelings or tolerate their pain, and then enter into a cycle of addiction, where tolerance sets in and the doses that used to provide relief or pleasure are no longer sufficient, and that they begin to seek out higher doses.
This can use to abuse and misuse of opioids, as people attempt to self-medicate. This can lead to risky and illegal behaviors which can create havoc in a person’s life. Normally, when a person is attempting to discontinue their opioid use, they may experience a series of unpleasant effects from “withdrawals” common withdrawal symptoms include irritability, cramping, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, runny nose, sweating, chills, and restlessness. This can make it difficult to stop the opioid. A person may lose the ability to feel “normal” after they have become dependent or addicted.
Opioid addiction is a chronic disease, which is a lifelong condition. At anytime someone dependent on opioids may further increase the degree of their illness by taking more of the medication. Remission or recovery is possible through a variety of approaches, and the most effective path for an individual is going to depend on the person seeking remission. One approach to remaining in remission is to undergo medication assisted treatment or (MAT) which provides safe medication that allow a person to avoid the most unpleasant aspects of withdrawal and provides stability by avoiding the highs and lows associated with illicit drug use. Medications approved for use include buprenorphine or methadone.
Counseling is an important piece of recovery that’s helps to identify what cues may have created an environment where in addiction could take hold. Things like excess stress, impoverished living situations, loss, and trauma, may precipitate an addiction, as someone seeks to “escape” the unpleasantness of the immediate situation. By learning to identify triggers and how to not respond to triggers, a person can begin to create new habits that will create new possibilities in life and an ability to achieve life goals. Very few people ever had a life goal to, “be addicted to drugs,” yet opioid addiction is all too common in the US presently.
The decision to undergo MAT to address opioid addiction is a decision that requires confidence and bravery. There is a stigma that people who are addicted to drugs are weak or “bad” people. While addiction does sometimes cause people to behave dangerously, this doesn’t mean the person is weak or bad. Choosing to undertake recovery is a good choice that will give back much of the control that is lost in addiction, and provides a nurturing, supportive environment where a person can focus on their recovery. Recovery is a positive, safe choice but it requires time and effort to work. Recovery requires a daily commitment to succeed long-term.