Opioids (Heroin and analgesic prescription medication) Rehabilitation

Opioids, Analgesics (Pain killers) and rehabilitation 

 

The Haven runs a successful opioid and prescription med rehab programme

  • At the Haven Addiction Recovery Centre our experienced therapeutic team understand the highly addictive nature of Opiates and synthetic opioids, treatment includes cognitive behavioural therapy, individual counselling sessions and group sessions

 

You probably have the mental picture of an opioid addict, you imagine a young poor person, scruffily dressed hunched in a doorway or alley injecting heroin. Probably not a well dressed older person taking medication after surgery? They could be yourself, your parent or grandparent. Yet the majority of opioid abusers and addicts fall into this category, they have possibly been prescribed an opioid as a pain killer post surgery and gradually become dependant or addicted. The tentacles of opioid addiction are extending into the older age groups as never before.

 

Opioids would include illegal drugs such as heroin as well as prescribed substances such as morphine, codeine and synthetic opioids (like the above prescribed pain killers) such as Tramadol. Users can develop a physical and psychological tolerance over time, making overdose a dangerous possibility.  The most commonly abused prescription drugs are usually painkillers, such as those containing morphine or codeine, examples of these opioid based medications are Avinza, Kadian, MS Contin, other opioid medications containing Oxycodone are OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan, Medications containing the opioid Hydrocodone include Vicodin, Lortab and Lorcet.

The most abused and rapidly acting opiate available, heroin provides users with a sense of euphoria however leads to physical dependency very quickly. Over time, users may develop collapsed veins, abscesses, liver disease, pulmonary complications, respiratory failure (overdosing) or even death.

When an opioid enters the brain is an immediate relief from pain and often a sense of euphoria in the patient. It is the case that, the extended use of opioids will create a dependency in the patient. additionally the body craves for the euphoric feeling induced by opioids, which reduce the amount of endorphins that the body produces, making the patient reliant upon the drug to feel normal, ironically sensitivity to pain sometimes increases.  Long-term use can cause the brain to stop endorphin production, high blood pressure, liver damage and/or stomach ulcers.

Treatment for an Opioid Addiction

The Haven provides effective treatments for Opioid addiction, these include, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person Centred Therapy, Matrix based work.