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Opioid Addiction

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.

Opioid Addiction for Florida Rehab

The Long-Term Consequences of Opioid Abuse may Include:

  • Chronic or phantom pain
  • Low blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Seizures
  • Suicidal thoughts

Opioid addiction is defined as persistent compulsive drug-seeking behavior, despite significant negative consequences.

Common Signs of Opioid Dependence

  • Anxiety or irritability
  • Constant fixation with finding and using drugs
  • Depression and/or social withdrawal
  • Increased secretive or deceptive behavior
  • Inability to focus or stay organized
  • Restlessness
  • Severe mood changes

Florida Opioid Addiction Treatment Center

Safe Haven Recovery combines traditional, evidence-based treatment with a medical approach. For example, all clients receive a comprehensive health and physical exam. Subsequently, the client's treatment plan is developed. Furthermore, treatment may include suboxone maintenance or other medication assisted therapies

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.

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