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Outpatient opioid addiction treatment from detox to long-term recovery
Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that causes major health, social, and financial issues. When you have an opioid use disorder and stop or lower your dose, it can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms. That’s why it’s important to seek out an opioid addiction treatment center that offers a medical detox program to minimize the symptoms of withdrawal.
At Lifetime Recovery, we provide quality opioid addiction treatment options, including medical detox and a wide range of addiction therapies, from individual and group therapy and dual-diagnosis treatment to holistic therapies such as art and yoga.
How to recognize common opiates and opioids
People often use the terms opiates and opioids interchangeably because these substances produce similar effects; however, they are not the same.
Opiates, for example, are natural opioids such as morphine and codeine. Opioids are chemically created and include OxyContin, fentanyl, and hydrocodone.
The most common opiates include codeine and morphine.
Codeine: Codeine treats mild to moderate pain. It is easy to obtain because it is less potent than other opioids. This drug is sold over the counter in some cough syrups. For this reason, teenagers often misuse this drug by mixing it with sugary drinks.
Morphine: Morphine generally treats chronic severe pain, but it is also the most addictive substance and is responsible for killing tens of thousands of people.
Common opioids include Darvocet, Demerol, Dilaudid, heroin, hydrocodone, methadone, and oxycodone.
Darvocet: Darvocet has been responsible for thousands of deaths and hospitalizations. As a result, the FDA has banned this drug. Although doctors can no longer prescribe Darvocet, it is still available on the black market.
Demerol: Demerol treats moderate to severe pain. However, it is highly addictive and medical professionals do not often prescribe it. With similar effects as morphine, Demerol is the brand name for meperidine.
Dilaudid: Dilaudid is a powerful drug and is often called “hospital-grade heroin.” It is highly addictive and can lead to fast-onset breathing problems and even death.
Fentanyl: A synthetic drug, fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine. For this reason, it is only used for severe pain. If individuals use fentanyl along with other painkillers (such as heroin), it can cause an overdose and even death.
Heroin: Heroin is a powerful opioid made from the Asian poppy plant. It can be smoked, snorted, or injected. Heroin is extremely addictive because, when used, it goes straight to the brain. Heroin use depresses breathing and can cause serious long-term medical problems.
Hydrocodone: Hydrocodone is often the main ingredient in painkillers such as Vicodin. While the FDA has approved pure hydrocodone medications, it is generally mixed with acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Methadone: Methadone treats moderate to severe pain. Additionally, methadone helps in treating addictions such as heroin addiction. However, methadone is addictive, and its use in treatment should be closely monitored.
Oxycodone: Brand names for oxycodone include OxyContin and Percocet. While it is very commonly prescribed, it has the potential for abuse.
What does opioid addiction look like?
Opioid addiction includes physical, psychological, and behavioral changes. One of the first signs of prescription opioid addiction, for example, is increasing the medication dose without a doctor’s recommendation.
Physical signs of opioid addiction may include shaking, drowsiness, slurred speech, or loss of coordination. Psychological and behavioral signs of opioid addiction may look like anxiety or depression, lack of motivation, isolating behaviors, ignoring responsibilities, or new financial issues.
Our opioid addiction treatment approach
Treatment for opioid addiction requires a comprehensive approach. That’s why each person who enters Lifetime Recovery receives a complete mental and physical evaluation. This evaluation helps therapists design a personalized treatment plan based on:
- The severity of addiction
- The needs of the individual
- Any co-occurring mental health disorders
Typically, opioid addiction rehab begins with a medical detox program. When you’re struggling opioid addiction, the body quickly becomes dependent on the substance. Medical detox is crucial to detox safely. It can also be difficult to focus on your underlying psychological and emotional issues while dealing with cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
We understand that personal responsibilities are often an obstacle in seeking opioid addiction treatment. To support your success and help you meet the demands of daily life, we offer several outpatient programs with scheduling flexibility:
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- General outpatient program (OP)
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
Once you’ve gone through our detox program, you’ll typically enter our partial hospitalization program. This program offers the freedom to be home with your family at night while attending intensive treatment for opioid addiction during the day.
Lifetime Recovery clients appreciate the wide range of effective tools and coping skills they learn here to help manage their addiction and maintain sobriety. Find out more about admissions.
Opioid addiction treatment center serving South Jersey and surrounding areas
Perhaps you’ve tried to stop using opioids, and maybe you have even gone through detox a time or two. But you keep relapsing. Detox is not a cure for addiction. In fact, there is no cure for addiction. Addiction is a chronic disorder. It’s critical that you learn lifelong awareness of your triggers and develop healthy coping behaviors.
At Lifetime Recovery we provide opioid addiction treatment in Mullica Hill, NJ, in South Jersey at our outpatient and medical treatment center where we treat people with conditions ranging from drug and alcohol addiction to mental illness as well as co-occurring disorders/dual-diagnosis.
We’re also one of the few alcohol and drug rehab centers to provide gambling addiction treatment. Through our integrated model and holistic approaches, we provide evidence-based winning solutions for you to recover from addiction and develop healthy ways to live the rest of your life.
Serving all of New Jersey, Philadelphia, Delaware, Connecticut, and New York.