Oxy Abuse Treatment
Oxy Abuse Treatment
Opiates are very
addictive and the hardest thing to understand when you think about opiate
addiction is that it can all start so innocently. Every day doctors will prescribe an opiate
for control of moderate to severe pain, and morphine, oxycodone, codeine and
the like have become household names because they are so commonly used for
legitimate, medical purposes. The
problem is human nature.
If one pill makes you feel better, then two pills must be
better yet—of so we think. It’s easy to
get into a drug abuse pattern– that is, using the drug outside of the strict
confines of the prescription.
give us the prescription which calls for a specific dosage of the drug at
specific times. Moreover they will often
do an assessment to determine whether or not we are likely to develop an
addiction or likely to abuse the drug.
But we don’t always listen.
Oxy Addiction not
what many think
Many people think of dark alleys and criminal activity when
they think about opiate addiction. They
talk of drug deals made in urban areas, drug houses filled with addicts, and
the court schedules stacked with drug cases.
The use of illegal street drugs, like heroin, is another
aspect of the opiate addiction issue.
The abuse of street heroin doesn’t always start with a first time user,
but is more likely the result of a process that starts with a person using a
gateway drug first, such as alcohol or marijuana. Many heroin addicts actually started with a
legitimate opiate prescription, but they got out of control and became
Always push the
When we talk
about Oxy Abuse Treatment we’re really talking about ways in which this disease
can be treated. Opiate addiction is
difficult to overcome, especially if the disease came out of a legitimate need
to control pain. Our bodies will build a
resistance to the opiate, which means that it takes a greater amount of the
drug to achieve the same effect.
Again, we tend to push the limits on the prescription and
that’s really how things get out of whack.
As time goes on, we wind up taking more pills to control the pain. The prescription may run out and we are still
in pain, but the doctor says “no” to a refill, or it is not yet time for the
prescription to be refilled, so we look elsewhere to find the drug. “Doctor shopping” is common because we want
dependence can be just as problematic
Meanwhile, as a
physiological dependence on the drug for pain control is developing, a psychological
dependence can also occur, which is just as problematic.
The brain is conditioned to think it needs
the opiate to function properly and if you remove the drug, there can be severe
emotional and psychological reaction.
The pattern has been to use the drug and the need, or craving is
powerful. That’s why relapse is so
common, and must be considered part of the disease treatment.
Oxy Abuse Treatment
must be personalized
always personal. One size does not fit
all, so there are options for opiate addiction treatment programs. In America, we tend to lean towards a
clinical setting, which makes sense, as there are outstanding facilities to
help individuals not only rebuild their lives from the opiate addiction, but
also to help them through the serious withdrawal process and get them back on a
Medical detoxification is the beginning of this process for Oxy Abuse Treatment, as
a trained staff of medical people administers drugs to help the patient rid
his/her self of the substance. Opiate
withdrawal, although unpleasant, is not necessarily fatal, but it is still
seriously attended to for maximum safety for the patient.
Detoxification can take place in a residential treatment
facility, or in an out-patient setting.
Many out-patient opiate detox facilities have been established and are
doing quality work in helping people.
MUST create NEW life
detoxification is accomplished, patients have more options. If they are in a residential setting, which
can take place anywhere from a couple of weeks to six months or more, they have
daily activities, all designed to help them establish new patterns of thought
and behavior, as well as a carefully prepared nutrition program and exercise
These activities are tailored to the individual and may also
include individual counseling, psychotherapy, group therapy and 12 Step
recovery. These activities are
supported by a medical team, who stand ready to assist to other needs. Remember, we are body, mind and spirit and
all three need attention, so whether in-patient or out-patient, treatment
There is NO cure but
Oxy Abuse Treatment does work
There is no cure
for opiate addiction, but it can be managed.
Addicts have one main goal and that is not to use the opiate drug
anymore. There I, however, medical
treatment for opiate addiction. This is
not detoxification, but the administration of drugs that help the addict
refrain from using and adjust to life without the drug. Methadone clinics have been established to
substitute methadone for the opiate.
Suboxone is another popular drug treatment for opiate addiction, mainly
because it is more readily available and convenient for the patient.
Faith based Oxy Abuse
Treatment is also a good option
Given that no medical attention is required, patients may
also choose a faith-based treatment program and there are many superb
options. By faith-based, we are not
talking necessarily about religion, but these programs can be rooted in
religious tradition and instruction. An
example is 12 Step, originally developed in the 1930’s by Alcoholics Anonymous,
this program is not meant to be religious, but it is spiritual.
It talks of a “power greater than ourselves” and “God, as we
understood him,” leaving any personal beliefs up to the individual. If a person allows him/her self to honestly
and completely go through the steps the results will follow. AA members will often say, “It works if you
work it,” and that is the essence of 12 Step.
Other programs are based in religious teaching, such as “Celebrate
Recovery,” which was developed at Saddleback Church in Orange County,
California years ago. It combines the 12
Step with the Beatitudes, found in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 5.
psychological support are often helpful in Oxy Abuse Treatment
Yet another option is psychological treatment, meeting
one-on-one with a clinical psychologist, a psychiatrist or psychotherapist, and
perhaps participating in a therapeutic group to deal with the everyday
pressures of the addiction.
This time of
self-discovery and reflection can be very effective in helping a patient “deal”
with the disease and understand how to overcome its clutches.
As we mentioned,
addiction cannot be cured. Treatment is
vitally important to help people rebuild their lives, but the recovery process,
that getting on with life after treatment, is just as important. People attend support groups, or have regular
time with a counselor, a pastor or a close friend to help them maintain. Recovery is the rest of your life.
Treatment periods may be once, or a recurring
theme. The important thing is to try.
How many times in treatment does it take for a person to overcome the disease
and live a healthy life? The answer is simple—as
many times as it takes.
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