As a family member, you can tell when something is wrong with the behavior of a loved one, especially when the behavior starts changing. I’m sure you’ve heard many times before that if your gut feeling is telling you something is wrong, trust your feelings. When it comes to drug abuse, time is of an essence, start asking questions and looking for evidence as soon as you get the feeling.
Individuals who are addicted to opioids, like most hardcore drugs, are often in denial that they even have a problem, and that is why they most likely need the help of family or friends to get the medical intervention that is required to stop the abuse or recover from the addiction. As you may already know, simply taking the drugs away or changing the environment is not enough. Recovery from opioids addiction requires medical detox to manage the intensive withdrawal symptoms which include spiked fevers, seizures, suicidal ideas, and even coma. Seeking professional help for opioid detox ensures that your loved one will be in a safe environment where supervision is provided 24/7. Medical detox is only the beginning of opioid addiction treatment and most facilities offering opioid detox are providers of therapeutic rehabilitation services as well.
When families know that their loved ones are abusing opioids, it is suggested that they start having the “uncomfortable” conversation about their legitimate concerns and offer the struggling individual the help he or she needs. It is recommended that this difficult conversation takes place the first thing in the morning, right when the individual wakes up. This is most likely the best time to get him or her sober. The timing also gives the best chance of getting through the person as he/she is less likely to be irrational and lost in their emotions at that time. Remaining calm when talking and presenting facts will avoid being drawn into anger or arguments. Give him/her a chance to express his/her feelings and listen. Confronting individuals struggling with addiction does take tough love, but they’re more likely to be receptive if they feel heard and accepted. While professional interventions may be needed, most families are able to have a successful conversation with their loved one and arrange treatment on their own. At this point, a treatment facility should have already been researched and checked out for programs’ credibility, bed availability, insurance coverage, pricing, and related information. For example, if the individual has a mental health condition that is already known, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, etc, seeking treatment from a rehab facility that offers comprehensive treatment to treat both the addiction and the mental health condition is a necessity. In general, a rehab center that offers comprehensive addiction treatment is the type of rehab that can successfully diagnose the underlying mental health conditions that may have caused the addiction and present the effective treatment program that is required. For women who are in need of opioid addiction treatment or those who are pregnant, a rehab facility that offers specialized addiction treatment services that address their particular needs is the ideal place to get the care they need.
The bottom line is that opioid addiction is not an addiction that can be self-treated at home. Those struggling with this type of addiction must seek professional help and commit to a recovery process that includes learning the skills that help with relapse prevention. This process generally starts with attending a 28-30 day in-patient rehab program and sometimes extends to as long as three months.
Where Can You Find Help for Opioid Addiction?
Whether you are located in Florida or not, you or your loved one can receive opioid addiction treatment at Florida Center for Recovery. Although we provide addiction treatment for both men and women we offer gender-specific therapies with specialized rehab programs for pregnant women, veterans, active-duty members of the military and first responders. In addition, we offer Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) for individuals diagnosed with psychological trauma and Chronic Relapse Program is available for individuals who have struggled to maintain recovery despite their previous attempts in treatment.
For information about Florida Center for Recovery opioid rehab program and to explore treatment options, feel free to give us a call at (800) 851-3291. You may also visit our addiction treatment programs’ page for a better insight into our diverse comprehensive therapies.
Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.