Overcoming Opioid Addiction’s Path of Destruction
Opioid addiction does not take long to start destroying a user’s life. Understanding how to overcome drug addiction can help an opiate abuser get their life back.
An opioid addiction does not cure itself. Without proper opioid addiction treatment, opiate abuse will take full reigns on a user’s life and the lives of their loved ones. When the addiction unfolds, it can unapologetically destroy on every level – mentally, physically, professionally, etc.
Impact of Addiction
Depending on the chemical structure, different drugs can cause different effects. Opioid addiction can lead to injuries, health problems, behavioral issues, social troubles, workplace issues or even death.
- Injuries: unintentional harm, accidents and death.
- Health problems: According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, short-term effects include – changes in appetite, wakefulness, hear rate, blood pressure, mood, heart attack, stroke, psychosis and more. Long-term effects include – heart disease, lung disease, cancer, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and others.
- Behavioral issues: violent outbursts, impaired judgment, anger issues, irritability, impulsiveness and more.
- Social troubles: drugged driving, domestic violence, stress and abuse.
- Workplace issues: lying, fatigue, tardiness, lack of creativity, excuses, money problems and loss of employment.
- Death: On a daily basis, more than 90 Americans lose their life as a result of an opioid overdose.
It is important to understand the early stages, symptoms and warning signs of opioid dependence to recognize when treatment is a necessity. While it can be tough for an opiate abuser to find the strength to admit there’s a problem, it is essential to the road to recovery. Opioid addiction is complex and devastating, but it can be treated with a medication-assisted treatment plan, combined with counseling and support.
The opioid addiction recovery process can be lengthy and a struggle. At A.M.C., we develop individualized care plans for each patient, helping aid the patient into sobriety. With a team of clinicians, we make the process as easy as possible by providing both medical support to minimize withdrawals and symptoms and psychological support to increase the likelihood of treatment success.
Though opioid addiction treatment helps subdue the effects of addiction, it is still highly recommended to create a post-treatment plan. Psychological and social factors can drive an opiate abuser back to their old habits. After treatment, patients should associate with family and friends that will fully encourage them in their road to recovery. Continuing counseling, whether it be one-on-one, group, family or any other form should also be a part of a post-rehab plan.