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Opioid Recovery in Indianapolis

If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid addiction, it is important to seek help as soon as possible. There are many different types of opioids, with each substance requiring specialized drug treatment programs to assist in recovery. Finding the right informational resources or recovery center can seem daunting, but Landmark Recovery is here to support you. The gold standard for proven results in opioid recovery are evidence-based treatment services including detox, behavioral therapy, and intensive outpatient support, and that is exactly what we provide at our Indianapolis Landmark Recovery facility.

What are Opioids?

Opioids are powerful class of drugs that interact with opioid receptors in the brain to alleviate pain and provide feelings of euphoria and sedation. 1 Opioid drugs include prescription painkillers (such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and codeine), powerful synthetic opioids (such as fentanyl), and illegal narcotics like heroin. 2

Opioids have a high potential for substance abuse, as these drugs change the structure and function of the brain in ways that hinder self-control and the ability to resist urges to use. 3 Repeated use also leads to increased tolerance, which leads to the need for increasingly higher doses of opioids to achieve the same desired effect. Opioid abuse can quickly develop into a physical dependence that manifests as painful withdrawal symptoms upon the discontinuation of opioid use, making it even more difficult for the individual to quit and stay clean.

Opioids produce many adverse health effects, including depression of critical functions like breathing and heart rate. Opioid abuse also increases the risk of overdose which can quickly lead to breathing difficulties, low blood pressure, coma, and death. 4

Opioid Abuse & Addiction in Indiana

The state of Indiana has been ravaged by the current opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 1,104 drug overdose deaths in Indiana involving opioids in 2018, including 713 deaths from synthetic opioids (such as fentanyl), 370 overdose deaths related to prescription opioids, and 311 deaths attributed to heroin overdose. 5 The number of non-fatal emergency department visits related to opioid overdose has also skyrocketed, going from 1,856 visits in 2011 to 5,825 in 2018. 6

According to findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, almost 5% of residents in the state of Indiana aged 12 or older misuse prescription pain relievers and 0.5% used heroin in the past year. 7 Rates of opioid abuse are highest among young adults, as 7% of Hoosiers aged 18 to 25 misuse prescription opioids and 1% report past-year heroin use. Around 1% of Indiana college students currently misuse prescription opioids and 0.2% report past-month heroin use. 8 In the past month 1.3% of Indiana high school students misused prescription opioids and 0.2% used heroin, 9 while 2.4% of all Indiana high schoolers admit to trying heroin at least once. 10

Opioid addiction is a major health issue in the state of Indiana. It is estimated that nearly 1% of all Hoosiers currently suffer from an addiction to prescription opioids. 7 Opioids also represent some of the most frequently abused drugs among Indiana’s substance abuse recovery center population. In 2019, prescription opioid addiction was reported in 8% of treatment admissions while heroin addiction accounted for 17% of all admissions to Indiana recovery centers. 11

Opioid Recovery Center in Indianapolis

The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends rehab treatment services for opioid addiction to include detox, behavioral counseling, medication, evaluation and treatment for co-occurring mental health issues (such as depression and anxiety), and long-term follow-up to prevent relapse. 12 Landmark Recovery proudly incorporates all of these evidence-based treatments, and medically driven methods into our Indianapolis opioid recovery programs.

Medical Detox

The first step in our opioid recovery program involves quitting the use of opioids and going through detox. If you have been taking opioids for an extended period of time or suffer from an opioid addiction, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that you do not go “cold turkey” on your own, because if you suddenly stop taking opioids you will be at increased risk for serious withdrawal symptoms, uncontrolled pain, psychological distress, and suicide. 13 It is safest to undergo detox at a professional opioid recovery center, where trained medical professionals can develop an opioid withdrawal plan that allows you to safely taper off these drugs. 14

Landmark Recovery of Indianapolis’s opioid recovery center offers medical detox services in our state-of-the-art facility. Our center’s extensive resources include trained clinical specialists who provide around-the-clock supportive care to keep you safe and comfortable throughout the entire detox process. The symptoms you experience during withdrawal can vary based on the type of opioid that you have been taking and the length and severity of your addiction. If needed, we can administer various medications to help reduce cravings and minimize the negative symptoms of withdrawal. 15

Counseling and Behavioral Therapy

Following the completion of medical detox, you will be ready to enter the therapeutic stage of opioid recovery treatment. Participation in individual and group counseling support sessions will allow you to address any mental health issues that can be a barrier to your long-term recovery. Through proven behavioral therapy modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, contingency management interventions, motivational incentives, and dialectical behavioral therapy, you will work closely with a master’s level therapist to identify and resolve any underlying issues behind your addiction. 16 You will also build a foundation of healthy life skills needed to sustain your opioid recovery and learn coping skills that will help you get past cravings and prevent relapse.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

A proven strategy for treating addiction and opioid recovery is medication-assisted treatment (MAT). This form of opioid recovery program is a combination of behavioral counseling with medications that reduce the negative effects of withdrawal and cravings without producing the euphoria that the original opioid drug caused. 17 Medications approved for the treatment of opioid addiction include methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. 18

How Can I Get More Information?

If you are looking for proven, comprehensive, and personalized opioid treatment in the Indianapolis area, please consider Landmark Recovery. Conveniently located right off I-465, our locally based opioid recovery center is proud to offer quality medical care and recovery services to the Indianapolis community. Please call us at  317-449-8029 to learn more about our medical detox, opioid addiction treatment, and intensive outpatient programs.

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