Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas proudly offers evidence-based therapies and detox services at our safe and secure opioid addiction treatment center. While we start with detox, detoxing from opioids is not treating your addiction. At Landmark, we want to help you to re-enter and navigate the world – without opioids – by equipping you with the tools you need to pursue long-term sobriety.
When opioids are used without a medical purpose (abused), an individual is usually trying to achieve the euphoric “high” that results from the drugs interacting with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. 1 However, it does not take long for the body to become tolerant and begin to experience opioid withdrawal symptoms. The individual will continue the cycle of abuse – ultimately becoming an opioid addiction or opioid use disorder (OUD) – to try and experience the same “high” but also to prevent the uncomfortable side effects of withdrawal.
A person has probably formed an opioid use disorder if they are using drugs compulsively, spending substantial amounts of time searching for more opioids in order to get high and if the opioids are harming their personal responsibilities, work, or physical and mental health. However, to be diagnosed officially with an opioid use disorder, an individual must meet a certain set of criteria when screened by a doctor. 2
A quick look at the opioid epidemic tells just how addictive opioids are, and fentanyl is currently the most powerful painkiller and the most dangerous of opioids. The strength of fentanyl means the effects are felt at much lower doses, making it lethal to use outside a medical setting. While heroin is a more common opioid people are using, many drugs like heroin are growing increasingly contaminated with fentanyl. Recently, much street-level heroin in the U.S. has been cut with fentanyl, leading to a spike in overdose rates. That’s one of the dangers of fentanyl – people don’t always know they are using it.
Over the last two decades, the annual overdose deaths in the U.S. involving heroin and other opioids have grown exponentially. In 1999, the death toll was roughly 2,000 deaths that year, but that number jumped to more than 14,000 deaths by 2019. 3 And the impact of opioid use and abuse continues to be deadly. As the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged the United States in 2020, so did opioid overdoses; a heartbreaking record of 93,000 people overdosed, and largely due to fentanyl. More than 60% of those deaths involved fentanyl. 4
Unfortunately, quitting opioids causes serious discomfort physically and mentally, which makes detoxing and long-term sobriety difficult. A person who tries to quit using opioids typically experiences withdrawal symptoms within 24 hours of their last dose.
Opioid withdrawal is often described as a moderate to severe illness that is similar to the flu. While symptoms vary among individuals, typically within the first 24 hours they experience anxiety, restlessness, the inability to sleep, spasms, teary eyes, runny nose, abnormal sweating, and aching muscles. Moving past the 24-hour mark, they may experience more severe symptoms, such as gooseflesh, dilated pupils, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, high blood pressure, and rapid pulse.
Right from the start, Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas offers a medically supervised detoxification program to help you get through the withdrawal process successfully. Our clinical specialists will provide around-the-clock care to keep you safe and comfortable throughout the entire process.
Depending on the severity of your addiction, you may be treated with FDA-approved medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, or naloxone to alleviate the discomfort of withdrawal and to help reduce cravings.5
Once you are stabilized, you will enter Landmark Recovery’s therapy phase of drug recovery, which can include behavioral therapy, health and wellness education, and medication-assisted treatment. Our therapeutic approach aims to treat the underlying causes for your addiction, not just treating you physically for your opioid use disorder.
Landmark Recovery of Las Vegas provides the highest quality of clinical care and evidence-based treatment so that our patients can not only survive but live beyond their opioid addiction.
We offer one-on-one therapy twice a week (2x the national average for residential recovery programs) and our therapeutic approach teaches our patients how to navigate the world sober.
All of our programs are personalized because we understand that each patient has a different journey. Each day of treatment is also fully scheduled from morning to night to help the patient focus on their recovery and nothing else.
Finally, our facilities are purposefully located close to our patient’s community so that their family and supportive relationships can be a part of their recovery. And post-rehab, we offer the strongest alumni program around to provide the continued support and relationships needed to encourage a life of sobriety.
At Landmark Recovery, we believe no one else will be more dedicated to helping you, or your loved one, live beyond addiction.
If you are struggling with an opioid or opiate addiction, you will need professional treatment if your goal is a safe and effective recovery. Speak to a recovery specialist (24/7) at 725-217-9910 about the programs we offer and how to begin your journey toward recovery today.
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1) National Institute on Drug Abuse (2021). Opioids.https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids
2) DrugAbuse.gov (2021). What are prescription opioids?https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-opioids
3) National Institute on Drug Abuse (2021). Overdose death rates.https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates
4) ABC News (2021). US overdose deaths hit record 93,000 in pandemic last year.https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/us-overdose-deaths-hit-record-93000-pandemic-year-78840376
5) American Psychiatric Association (2018). Opioid Use Disorder.https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/addiction/opioid-use-disorder