Opioid abuse and addiction cause significant and often irreparable harm to individuals, families, and communities throughout the United States and across the globe. Whether abused in the form of illegal substances, such as heroin or opium, or via the intentional misuse of prescription painkillers, such as Vicodin, Opana, Percocet, or OxyContin, opioids are powerfully addictive drugs that put adolescents and adults at risk for severe physical, mental, and emotional harm. When an individual becomes ensnared by opioid dependence, overcoming the compulsion to abuse these substances can be extremely difficult to accomplish without help.
Withdrawal from opioids can be a difficult and painful process. Opioid withdrawal symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, extreme muscle cramping, sleep disruption, and powerful drug cravings. Psychological symptoms can include agitation, anxiety, irritability, and depression. When these withdrawal symptoms manifest when someone is not able to abuse opioids or when attempting to refrain from further opioid abuse, they are often strong enough to trigger a person to begin abusing his or her drug of choice as a means of quickly alleviating discomfort. This sort of response is one that often repeats and renders a person trapped in an ongoing and deadly cycle of substance abuse that can seem inescapable.
Because opioid addiction requires specialized treatment, Keystone Treatment Center, located in South Dakota, has created a specialized Opioid Dependence Track that incorporates medication and therapy for patients who are struggling with dependence upon either prescription painkillers or heroin. This invaluable treatment program is available to complement the world-class care we offer so that all individuals are able to be successful in achieving sober lives.
Keystone Treatment Center’s physicians have received waivers for a license from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to treat opioid withdrawal with a medication called buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. At low doses, it produces a sufficient agonist effect to enable opioid dependent individuals to discontinue the use of opioids with minimal withdrawal symptoms. Buprenorphine interacts with the same receptors in the brain that are activated by heroin, prescription painkillers, and similar substances, yet it does not produce the euphoric high that is associated with these drugs. Thus, buprenorphine allows you to get through the day without experiencing either drug cravings or withdrawal symptoms. When partaking in this form of care, patients are placed on a dose of buprenorphine that is slowly decreased over a period of approximately seven to 10 days. Done under careful inpatient medical monitoring to ensure the safety of all who receive this type of service, an individual’s physical dependence on opioids is ultimately eradicated so that the therapeutic aspect of treatment can then be focused on without disruptive and distracting withdrawal symptoms hindering the healing and recovery process.
Patients in the Opioid Dependence Track also participate in a 12-Step recovery program while in the treatment program that places an emphasis on mental, physical, and spiritual recovery. The 12-Step Model for recovery has been widely used in addiction treatment for decades and is a fundamental part of our programming. Additionally, patients benefit from individual therapy sessions so that they can share their innermost thoughts, feelings, and emotions in a confidential setting. Group therapy opportunities are also an important part of each person’s day so that patients can give and receive support to and from one another.
Furthermore, those who supply the treatment within this program are expertly trained and are deeply devoted to offering superior care to all who come to Keystone to break free from an addiction to opioids. Among the professionals who work with patients as they venture on the road to sobriety, the following are those who are on-hand to ensure that all patients reach their treatment goals:
- Certified chemical dependency counselors
- Clergy members
- Social workers
Lastly, if the patient has a chronic pain problem, he or she will work with our physician and with a psychologist to learn alternative pain management techniques.
For more information about the Opioid Dependence Track, or any other aspect of treatment at Keystone Treatment Center, please do not hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to answering all of your questions and helping you determine if our program is the perfect place for you or your loved one to defeat an opioid addiction once and for all.