Opioids are extremely addictive substances that can be consumed orally, injected, snorted, or smoked. The most common opioids are narcotic painkillers, heroin, and morphine. Although morphine and prescription painkillers (Percocet, Vicodin, and OxyContin) are prescribed by physicians to manage pain, many individuals abuse these substances and become addicted, despite their once medically necessary purpose.
When opioids are taken recreationally and in dosages in excess of their original intent, they can create an extremely euphoric high. This euphoric high and feeling of relaxation causes individuals to return to using them, despite the risks associated with their use. Once an individual develops a tolerance to an opioid, larger doses are required in order to achieve the same high. This pattern becomes extremely dangerous since overdosing becomes a reality. When individuals do not obtain narcotics, their system reacts by producing painful withdrawal symptoms.
Treatment is available for those suffering from an addiction to opioids. One treatment option is enrolling in a medication assisted treatment program. These programs are highly effective treatment options for individuals struggling with addiction and withdrawal. Along with the medication component of a program, individuals will also take part in therapeutic interventions to ensure that all facets of treatment are covered. Both individual and group therapy are used during the therapeutic portion of treatment that allows patients the opportunity to understand more about the roots of their addiction, what is required for recovery, and how to successfully get back on a path towards sobriety.
The dedicated teams at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers are here to help you obtain sober living once again. Our medication assisted treatment program is an effective and safe way for individuals to beat their addiction to opioids. Our individualized approach provides each individual patient the opportunity to receive the best treatment possible. We realize that every patient that walks through our doors is unique and we tailor our treatment program to fit the needs of each individual patient.
Types of Treatment Offered at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers are a network of outpatient providers that offer a variety of medication assisted treatment options for individuals, ages 18 and older, who have been struggling with an addiction to opioids for one year or more. Our team is comprised of medical professionals who are specifically trained in the field of addiction. The physicians, nurses, and counselors at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers come together with each individual patient to determine the most effective route to take in terms of recovery.
The therapeutic interventions and medications available for use in the care provided by Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers can include the following:
Methadone: Methadone is a daily oral medication that is used to curb opioid cravings, as well as lessen any painful withdrawal symptoms that may take place as an individual terminates the use of opioids. Clients taking methadone will no longer experience the euphoric high that takes place when an individual takes methadone, which means that they are able to resume life in a functional manner. Dosages of methadone will be determined on a case-by-case basis under the guidance of a physician.
Suboxone: Suboxone is a daily oral medication that is a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine that works by reducing withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids. Suboxone, unlike other medications in the treatment program, can trigger withdrawal symptoms if a patient abuses an opioid while taking Suboxone. Because of this, it is imperative to discuss any additional medication being taken with the staff physician.
Subutex: Subutex uses buprenorphine as its main ingredient, which is responsible for lowering opioid cravings, as well as reducing any withdrawal symptoms that may take place. Since Subutex is a partial opioid agonist-antagonist, it works by blocking the euphoric feelings if an opioid is taken. The withdrawal symptoms are reduced, which allows patients to focus on their recovery.
Vivitrol: Taken once monthly via injection, Vivitrol is a non-narcotic, non-addictive medication that is used to reduce further cravings for opioids by using naltrexone as its main ingredient.
Individual and group therapy: Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers believes that, in order for treatment to be effective, individuals must also combat the emotional piece of addiction on top of the medication portion. Clients meet with trained counselors in a one-on-one setting to discuss their progress, as well as the root of their addiction. Group sessions provide individuals the opportunity to come together in a structured and safe environment to openly communicate their struggles and progress amongst others who are in similar situations. Clients are able to gain support and encouragement from others who are in a similar place in their recovery process.
Why Consider Treatment at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers
Addiction to opioids can transform an individual into an unrecognizable person as it digs into both the emotional and physical facets of a person’s life. Long-term addiction to opioids can lead to the development of suicidal tendencies, as well as overdose. The mental state of individuals struggling with addiction can quickly deteriorate if help is not received. Physically, opioid addiction can cause organ failure and ultimately death.
While the cycle of addiction may, at times, feel impossible to break free from, there is hope and there is help. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we can provide you with the help that you need in order to achieve sobriety and enjoy every aspect of life once again. Please call us today if you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to opioids. We are here to help.