Opioid addiction has been topical in the last few years. Specifically, recent U.S. estimates suggest that more than 1 million people abuse heroin on a regular basis. Moreover, about 2 million people abuse prescription opioids each year. Hence, leading to countless overdose deaths. At the same time, opioid dependence has become the number one health crisis in the United States.
Florida’s Opioid Epidemic
Like many parts of the United States, Florida is one of the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. In the same way, heroin and prescription opioid use and overdose are prevalent in all areas of the state. Despite recent double-digit declines in opioid prescription distribution, nearly 5,000 people still died in 2016 from an opioid overdose. This disappointing high mortality rate emphasizes the continued need for Evidence-based Treatment (EBT), and successful drug rehabilitation programs in Florida.
The Long-Term Consequences of Opioid Abuse may Include:
Opioid addiction is defined as persistent compulsive drug-seeking behavior, despite significant negative consequences.
Common Signs of Opioid Dependence
Florida Opioid Addiction Treatment
Safe Haven Recovery combines traditional, evidence-based treatment (EBT) with a medical approach. For example, all clients receive a comprehensive health and physical exam. Subsequently, the client's treatment plan is developed. Furthermore, opioid addiction treatment may include Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT). MAT programs are a growing addiction recovery tool because studies have proven them to be effective.
Behavioral Therapies to Treat Opioid Addiction
Several types of psychotherapy and counseling can be effective in treating opioid addiction. Additionally, addiction affects many parts of a person’s life and treatment should also address those same areas. Also, people who are addicted to opioids often suffer from physical pain. In particular, pain can be difficult to manage emotionally as well as physically. Thus, approaches that deal with navigating pain management despite pain can be very helpful.
We find these two approaches work well in treating opioid addiction.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on teaching strategies to identify and manage negative, obstructive thoughts and beliefs that contribute to drug abuse. After identifying negative feelings, the goal is to change those thoughts and beliefs. Then, new positive behaviors may be integrated and old ones may be discarded.
- Motivational Interviewing uses non-confrontational interviews between therapists and clients to discuss drug addiction in a safe environment. The goal is to help individuals deal with anxieties and doubt in order to find the motivation to desire change. For instance, It is often used to help people who are suffering from both addiction and a chronic health condition. Also, this therapy helps move a person through the stages of change to help them be motivated for change on their own.