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What are Opioids?
Opioids are drugs derived from the opium poppy plant. This class of drugs includes prescription drugs, illegal street drugs, and synthetically produced kinds. They come in pill, capsule, and liquid form. Some people crush pills and snort them or inject them. Opioids bind to a person’s brain, which then creates a sense of joy and pleasure. For those experiencing pain, the drugs also offer pain relief. People obtain opioid drugs by prescription or through other channels, including using other people’s prescriptions or procuring them through illegal purchases.
Common types of opioid drugs include:
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What is Opioid Addiction?
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Signs and Symptoms of Opiate Addiction
Someone addicted to opiate drugs exhibits signs that they are in trouble. Common symptoms include:
- Trying to stop taking the drug and being unable to do so
- Withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug
- Cognitive difficulties
- Flu-like symptoms
- Sleeping a lot
- Using someone else’s prescription
- Visiting multiple doctors to obtain several prescriptions
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Feeling moody or depressed
- Combining opioids with other drugs or alcohol
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How Does Opioid Addiction Treatment in Nashville Work?
When a person is addicted to opioids, the first step in treatment is detoxification. This initial treatment phase allows the body to cleanse itself of the drug. During detox in Nashville, the individual will experience withdrawal symptoms like sweating, headache, vomiting, muscle aches, and insomnia. They may also feel anxious and depressed. Detox staff provides FDA-approved medications that help minimize these symptoms so the person can complete detox in about five to seven days.
After detox, outpatient programs can provide great results for people who can attend therapy sessions during the day. This allows them to still reside in their own homes and attend to personal responsibilities. All levels of care offer choices for evidence-based therapies that help people overcome addiction.
Opioid Detox and Withdrawal Timeline
While not everyone has the exact same experience during detox and withdrawal from opioids, a general timeline exists. The first day typically includes symptoms such as sweating, high blood pressure, anxiety, and feeling like the person has the flu. Days two to four find the person experiencing intensified previous symptoms. They may also feel nauseous, vomit, or have diarrhea. Cravings for opioids increase during this time and may be accompanied by feelings of depression. This time is usually the most trying part of detox.
Day five usually means symptoms start to decrease and soon end. For many people, the withdrawal symptoms that last the longest are emotional in nature, including anxiety and depression. Cravings to use opioids again may persist for some time.
TYPES OF CARE
Opioid Addiction Treatment Options
Nashville Treatment Solutions offers a detox program done on an outpatient basis. We medically monitor each person during the day and offer any support for physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms. The individual then returns home at night.
Once detox is completed, there are three levels of continuing care:
- Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP): 30 hours a week of therapy that helps people continue the sobriety they started in detox.
- Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP): Several sessions per week to provide a helpful step down from PHP.
- Outpatient Program (OP): The last step in treatment involves attending one-on-one and group therapy sessions a few times a week.
We also offer Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) as part of our opioid addiction treatment. This combines both talk therapy and the use of prescription medications to relieve physical withdrawal symptoms and feelings like anxiety and depression.
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Find Opioid Addiction Treatment in Nashville
A life ruled by opioid abuse is not a life being fully lived. If you find yourself in need of opioid addiction treatment, we have a program that will help you get control and live a drug-free life. Nashville Treatment Solutions offers an effective outpatient detox program followed by other outpatient programs that fit the level of care you need. We believe each person has the power within them to beat a substance use disorder, and we provide the experienced clinical staff to help them accomplish this goal.
If you are ready to take back control of your life and stop abusing opioids, contact us now. We can help you get started in our program quickly.