Rehab can be tough for the opioid addict but moving forward can be easy when Landmark Recovery is there to help you move forward as safely and effectively as possible. Our goal as an organization is to save as many lives as possible in the next century, starting with you. Live beyond addiction with us.
Opioids work by dulling pain in the drug user. They make you feel good and have a high value for coming back to them over time. Fentanyl, a synthetic but much more powerful opioid, is usually delivered via patch, which can be abused by using multiple at once. Often fentanyl is unknowingly lacing a dose of other psychoactive drugs. Opioid painkiller pills can be crushed up and snorted or injected, with the capture ratio of medically administered opiate drugs sitting at around 23%. A full detox of the drug takes around 7 to 10 days, with some withdrawal effects lasting for several months after.
Opiate drugs are some of the most used drugs in medical settings and have been used for multiple reasons since almost the beginning of organized human societies. The introduction of the hypodermic needle in the mid-19th century is one of the circumstances that led to widespread opiate addiction to a degree never before seen in history. Morphine, the gold standard in opiate analgesics, is the first opioid that was abused on a large scale.
Recent developments in opiate delivery have seen the introduction of prescription opiate painkillers like oxycontin, which is highly addictive. The widespread abuse of prescription opiate painkillers has led to massive, highly public litigation over their commercial handling. An even more unfortunate effect of Purdue Pharma modifying the oxycontin formula around 2011 is that those who’ve become addicted have been driven to seek out less safe alternatives like heroin laced with fentanyl to achieve the high they’re looking for. This has caused an unintentional spike in Hepatitis C rates in many localities.
Since the introduction of easily prescribed opioid painkiller pills, the rates of opioid addiction in the home have skyrocketed. According to the 2011 NSDUH, nearly a third of people 12 years old or older began using drugs by abusing a prescription. At least 70% of opioid abusers got their painkillers from family or friends.
Opioids induce a euphoric, pain-free rush, with a relaxing depression of the breathing/heart rate. Withdrawal can be severe and nasty. The effects of opioid withdrawal can be both physical and mental. You can get waves of gooseflesh, have a fever, and suffer from extreme bouts of depression in the immediate aftermath of stopping opioid abuse.
Those who use opioids are at an increased risk for Hep C, HIV, Hep B, etc. if they’re on heroin and sharing needles or using unclean ones. Tolerance to the drug can develop, causing irregular users to sometimes misjudge the dose they’re taking and accidentally overdose. An overdose on an opioid depresses the rate at which your heart beats and your lungs function; overdoses usually happen via stopped respiratory function.
In the state of Massachusetts, the rate of prescription opioid abuse is higher than any other illicit drug aside from marijuana. For all individuals above the age of 11 years old, 3.24% of the state’s population abused an opioid painkiller in the last year. 3.36% of all adult Bay Staters abused a painkiller in the last year.
Landmark Recovery is proud to offer the best in opioid addiction treatment services to our patients. Outpatient, residential, and partial hospitalization treatment is offered at our facilities, allowing our patients to have multiple treatment paths forward. Medication assisted treatment is also provided for severe cases of withdrawal to ensure the path to a full and lasting recovery is made easy.
While here, we offer counseling and therapy to treat the root causes of addiction as part of our holistic treatment program. 12-step programs, including AA and NA, are available for patients so they can reinforce their recovery education and build relationships with figures that might help them build accountability and lasting friendships. After you leave our care and supervision, we give graduates access to a nationwide alumni association with as many post-treatment educational opportunities as possible.
To learn more about the addiction treatment services that Landmark Recovery offers in this region, give us a call at 888-448-0302 to discuss what options are available for you or your loved one. Live beyond addiction with Landmark Recovery today.
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6) Landmark Recovery. Services.https://landmarkrecovery.com/services/