Opioid Addiction Treatment
Oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and tramadol are examples of opioids commonly prescribed to relieve pain. These potent prescription drugs, classified as narcotics, are incredibly addictive. Misusing them can cause long-term brain changes and negatively impact a woman’s physical health.
Heroin is a type of illegal opioid and is considered highly dangerous. Not only is it highly addictive, but it’s also unregulated, which means the potential for harmful additives is high. Heroin has become increasingly popular among young people with addiction.
Hannah’s House offers safe, effective opioid addiction treatment for women in Southern Texas.
Misuse of Opioids
Patients with chronic pain resulting from injury or surgery are often prescribed opioid medications to manage their symptoms long-term. But the risk of developing an addiction is high. Although most women with chronic pain have no intention of misusing opioids when they first start their prescription, many cannot stop without professional help.
Substance Use Disorders
The Importance of Early Intervention
Opioids alter receptors in the brain that affect moods and hormones. Because of this, withdrawal symptoms can be severe when a woman stops using them. Women who notice increased tolerance to opioids, especially those classified as narcotics, should seek early intervention to avoid severe health conditions or more serious addiction.
Withdrawal symptoms may be mild or intense and include:
- Enlarged pupils
- Abdominal pain
- Body aches
- Intense drug cravings
Medication-Assisted Therapy for Detox
Women find that withdrawal symptoms can be short or long-term depending on the type of drug, duration, and amount of use. The skilled clinical team at Hannah’s House offers supervised, medication-assisted therapy to all women undergoing opioid addiction treatment, which includes all phases of detoxification and withdrawal. If a woman needs medicinal support to ease withdrawal symptoms, we use the following medications:
Suboxone partially stimulates the brain receptor that helps relieve the more severe withdrawal symptoms that often lead to relapse. The FDA-approved use of an opioid-naloxone combination for the acute treatment of opioid dependence provides a partial block on the brain’s opioid receptors that helps women move past the urge to use the drug.
Vivitrol is a non-narcotic, extended-release version of naltrexone. This opiate blocker prevents opiates from connecting with receptors in the brain. This medication addresses the obsession with use and relapse risk when used with other clinical therapies. This non-addictive medication is beneficial during the delicate months of early recovery.
After the initial detox period, women are still at risk for relapse due to several psychological and social factors. Women seeking opioid addiction treatment need evidence-based, clinical support for ongoing health and wellness.
Residential treatment is the optimal approach and critical during the early stages of recovery. Our doctors, therapists, and masters-level clinicians address opioid and heroin addiction through healing therapies such as:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Wellness activities
- Case management
- Nutritional support
- Spiritual care
- 12-Step programming
- Alumni support
Lifelong recovery should include continuing care for outpatient therapy and counseling. Reach out to the Hannah’s House team today and begin your journey toward healing, freedom, and fulfillment. Call 561-841-1272.