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Opioid Dependence, Addiction, and Treatment

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Opioids are a class of drugs that are used to relieve pain. While they can be used safely and effectively to manage pain, they can also lead to dependence and addiction. If not managed properly, opioid-related conditions can have devastating effects on physical and mental health. The good news is that there are effective treatments available for opioid dependence and addiction.

If you or a loved one is suffering from opioid dependence or addiction, it’s important to seek help immediately. Honey Lake Clinic’s addiction treatment program in Greenville, Florida, supports patients through every step of the recovery journey. Our team focuses on a holistic approach to care, which includes evidence-based therapies and activities to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Call 888.428.0562 today to learn more about our opioid addiction treatment program and to get started with care that addresses your body, mind, and spirit.

Understanding Opioid Dependence

Opioids include prescription pain relievers like codeine, morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone, illegal drugs like heroin, and synthetic drugs like fentanyl and methadone. Opioids are highly addictive—they can produce a feeling of euphoria that many people find hard to resist, and they can be very difficult to stop using.

When someone is dependent on opioids, their body has adapted to the presence of the drug in its system. This means that if they suddenly stop taking the opioid, they may experience physical withdrawal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, and difficulty sleeping or concentrating.

Recognizing Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction is different from opioid dependence in that it goes beyond physical changes to the body. It’s characterized by compulsive behavior and cravings for the drug, even when there may be negative consequences associated with taking it.

A few of the signs that may indicate opioid addiction include:

  • Taking opioids for longer or in greater quantities than prescribed
  • Participating in risky behaviors to obtain opioids
  • Having problems at work, school, or home due to opioid use
  • Neglecting responsibilities and relationships to focus on substance use
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit using opioids

What is the difference between opioid dependence and opioid addiction? Dependence is when the body becomes physically dependent on a chemical to function. When the chemical is taken away, the body’s function is disrupted—producing withdrawal symptoms. People who’ve become dependent but who are not yet addicted are able to stop or taper off their use as directed by their doctor.

Addiction is when a person continues to use the drug despite harm and consequences. They are unable to stop on their own and they’ve lost power over the medication—it now controls them. People who are addicted are most often also physically dependent and will also experience withdrawal if they stop using.

Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Detox is the first step in treating opioid addiction. During this process, opioids are gradually withdrawn from the body so that the person can begin to heal physically and emotionally in a safe environment with access to medical care and support services.

After detox, patients typically enter an outpatient or residential rehab setting where they’ll develop strategies for managing cravings, preventing relapse, and building a support network. Treatment may include counseling, medications, and experiential activities to help patients build the skills they need to maintain recovery.

At the end of treatment, patients typically continue with follow-up care and may enter a 12-step program or other aftercare services that provide ongoing support and accountability.

If you’re struggling with opioid dependence or addiction, Honey Lake Clinic can help. Our comprehensive treatment program is designed

Reach Out to Honey Lake Clinic Today

Making the decision to seek help for opioid addiction can be intimidating, but it’s also one of the best decisions you can make. At Honey Lake Clinic in Greenville, FL, our team is committed to helping patients on their journey toward health and wellness.

It’s time to reclaim your story. Call 888.428.0562 or reach out online today to learn more about our opioid addiction treatment program and get the help you need.