Opioid Addiction: You Have the Power to Overcome with Treatments at Northpoint Nebraska
The opioid crisis has affected millions of Americans. It’s an epidemic we continue to fight to this day.
An opioid use disorder can leave you feeling alone and hopeless. But you are more than your disorder. You can walk the road to recovery. And you don’t have to do it alone.
Here at Northpoint Nebraska, we are committed to clinical excellence and healthcare quality. Along with an evidence-based treatment model, we offer a safe environment for you to recover from your opioid use disorder. If needed, we also offer medication-assisted detox services supervised by our highly qualified and accredited clinical team.
With our outpatient program, patients can maintain their work and family schedules, all while receiving quality and effective treatments.
We are dedicated to treating the whole person. You will learn how to avoid triggers, avoid relapses, and maintain a life of sobriety. Our personalized treatment plans will address both the physical and psychological aspects of your opioid use disorder and any co-occurring mental health disorders that could be contributing to it.
Located in Omaha, Nebraska, our 44-bed facility with state-of-the-art technology is designed to produce positive outcomes for patients. We also offer free assessments for anyone considering entering our inpatient or outpatient programs.
Our Integrated Treatment Services
We offer a full range of services to make sure we are treating the whole person.
As part of our integrated treatment services, we focus on:
- Co-occurring disorders
- Relapse prevention
- Family therapy
- One-on-one counseling
- Medical intervention
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Psychiatric care
Whether you’re seeking treatment for yourself or a loved one, we’re here for you.
What Is An Opioid Use Disorder?
The U.S. National Library of Medicine defines an opioid use disorder as the “chronic use of opioids that causes clinically significant distress or impairment.”
An opioid use disorder involves physical dependence and psychological addiction, with the addiction being the most severe.
In the United States, more than 2.1 million people are battling an opioid use disorder. Across the globe, more than 16 million people have the disorder.
Opioids may come in the form of prescription pain relievers like hydrocodone (Zohydro ER or Vicodin) and oxycodone (OxyContin), fentanyl, tramadol, or heroin. Some opioids come from the opium poppy plant, while others are man-made.
The history of the opioid crisis dates back to the 1990s, when, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to pain relievers. As a result, healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates.
The opioid crisis was declared a public health emergency in 2017.
Signs of an Opioid Use Disorder
An opioid use disorder can be spotted in ways similar to how other substance use disorders are recognized.
Anyone can become addicted to opioids, especially if they are misused. Misuse may include consuming opioids without a doctor’s prescription or supervision, taking more than your prescribed dose, or obtaining them illegally.
Signs of an opioid use disorder include:
- Needing larger amounts of opioids to get high
- Wanting to stop using opioids but being unable to
- Making mistakes at work or school
- Relationships with family and friends have been affected due to opioid use
- Strong cravings for opioids
Side effects of opioids may include drowsiness, nausea, constipation, and slow breathing. Slow breathing may also be a sign of an overdose, which should be treated as a medical emergency. Signs of an overdose may include:
- Fingernails or lips are a purple or blue color
- Unable to speak or wake up
- Heartbeat/breathing slows or stops
How Do I Know If I’m Having Opioid Withdrawal?
Withdrawal occurs when someone who regularly misuses opioids suddenly stops taking them.
Some common early symptoms of opioid withdrawal may include anxiety, muscle aches, insomnia (inability to sleep), runny nose, sweating, and irritability. Later symptoms could include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, goosebumps, vomiting, and nausea.
Some opioids may cause withdrawal symptoms starting 12 hours after the last use.
What Treatments Are Available for Opioid Use Disorders?
Opioid use disorders can be successfully treated through the use of medication-assisted treatment (MAT).
By combining medication with behavioral therapies, MAT can effectively treat the disorder and help sustain recovery.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are currently three drugs approved for opioid treatment: buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone (Vivitrol). These treatments have been demonstrated to be safe and effective in combination with counseling and psychosocial support.
Through the MAT process, co-occurring mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be discovered. Some patients with an opioid use disorder may not know they could also be dealing with a co-occurring disorder.
Call Us Today
If you are battling an opioid use disorder, you’re not alone.
Just by seeking treatments, you’ve already taken the first step on your road to recovery. For more information, call us today at (402) 275-4333.
How do doctors treat opioid use disorders?
One of the most common forms of treatment for an opioid use disorder is medication-assisted treatment (MAT). There are currently three drugs approved to treat opioid dependence: buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone (Vivitrol). MAT also combines medication with behavioral therapy to help treat the possible cause of the disorder and maintain recovery.
What opioid is used to treat opioid use disorder?
Both buprenorphine and methadone are used to treat opioid use disorders. They are two of the three drugs currently approved for treating opioid dependence. These medications have been demonstrated to be safe and effective in combination with counseling and psychosocial support.
How do you stop opioid addiction?
If you are battling an opioid use disorder, you should seek treatment from a reliable treatment facility. Treatment facilities can offer various services to help prevent relapses and maintain recovery. They may combine medications with behavioral therapy to treat the whole person, which is an important part of the road to recovery.