Opioids are a type of drug a doctor can prescribe to treat severe pain, or a person can obtain opioids illegally in various forms. Misusing opioids can cause a person to develop an opioid addiction, which can make it challenging to stop using opioids without professional support.
Johns Hopkins Medicine notes that opioid use disorder, the clinical term for opioid addiction, is an illness that impairs a person’s ability to stop using opioids and causes them to focus all their attention on getting and using opioids. When a person tries to stop using opioids, they suffer from distressing cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
Tower Behavioral Health provides inpatient treatment for adults of all genders age 18 and older who are suffering from opioid addiction that co-occurs with other mental health conditions. You can take the first steps toward recovery from co-occurring opioid addiction at our inpatient treatment center in Reading, Pennsylvania.
Opioid Addiction Signs & Symptoms
While opioids can be obtained illegally as street drugs, your doctor may also prescribe an opioid medication to help you control pain after surgery or chronic pain related to an illness or other health condition. Taking a prescription opioid does not automatically put you at risk for opioid addiction.
It’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions when taking an opioid to reduce your risk for developing opioid use disorder.
A person who is struggling with opioid addiction may act in certain ways or develop opioid addiction symptoms. When this happens, it’s important to have a conversation with them or reach out for professional help so that the effects of their opioid misuse don’t worsen.
Here are examples of warning signs and symptoms of opioid addiction:
- Drowsiness or trouble staying awake
- Sudden weight loss
- Constipation or stomach cramps
- Frequent dry mouth
- Lowered sex drive
- Stealing from friends and family
- Unexplained financial troubles
- Lack of personal hygiene
Opioid Addiction Statistics
- In 2018, 2 out of 3 overdose deaths involved opioids.
- Nearly 47,000 people died from opioid-related overdoses in 2018.
- Opioid overdose deaths have increased by nearly six times since 1999.
- Up to 20% of patients who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them.
- Up to 6% of people who use illegal opioids first misused prescription opioids.
Effects of Untreated Opioid Addiction
Opioid addiction may not affect you in the same way it does others depending on whether you’ve sought treatment for opioid addiction before, how long you’ve been misusing opioids, and any other conditions you might be struggling with.
These are examples of the effects of untreated opioid addiction:
- Infections such as hepatitis C or HIV
- Trouble with the law or frequent jail time
- Damaged relationships with loved ones
- Chronic unemployment and financial hardship
- Accidents or injuries related to buying or selling drugs
- Accidental overdose or death by overdose
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
The Steps of Co-Occurring Opioid Addiction Treatment
Making the decision to get professional help for opioid addiction that co-occurs with another mental health challenge takes courage. When you’re ready to take that step, the experts at Tower Behavioral Health are here to help.
A slow or confusing admissions process should never keep you from getting the crisis intervention you need. We streamlined our admissions process so that we can gather all the necessary information and documents as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Here’s an overview of the admissions process at our inpatient treatment center in Reading, Pennsylvania:
- When you’re in crisis, you need help immediately. Contact us 24/7 to get information about our admissions process or to schedule an assessment.
- You can complete your initial assessment in person or over the phone. This will involve a conversation about whether our treatment center is a good fit for your needs.
- We’ll gather some additional information and set your admission date if we determine that you can benefit from co-occurring opioid addiction treatment at Tower Behavioral Health. If we feel that another facility would be better suited to meet your needs, we will be happy to make the appropriate referral.
- Once you arrive at our campus, we’ll introduce you to our staff, give you a tour, and talk to you about our policies and procedures.
- Our team will work with you to complete a detailed assessment of your needs and recovery goals so that we can create your personalized co-occurring opioid addiction treatment plan.
- Once your treatment plan is complete, you’ll start co-occurring opioid addiction treatment.
Therapies Used in Co-Occurring Opioid Addiction Treatment
We honor the personal life experiences that have shaped the way co-occurring opioid addiction has impacted you. To ensure that you get the most out of your time at Tower Behavioral Health, we customize your co-occurring opioid addiction treatment specifically for you.
Our expert team will work closely with you to determine which therapies and treatment modalities you’ll benefit from most. Based on that assessment, your co-occurring opioid addiction treatment might include family meetings, group therapy, individual therapy, music therapy, and art therapy.
To help you build a foundation for lasting recovery from co-occurring opioid addiction, we also integrate elements of mindfulness practices, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and various sensory tools and interventions. During your time at our inpatient treatment center in Reading, Pennsylvania, you’ll also have opportunities to enjoy leisure time in our outdoor courtyard spaces and indoor gymnasiums.
Your care team may also prescribe medication to help promote successful, sustained sobriety. Our goal is to help you achieve stabilization so that you can regain control and start functioning at a higher level.
This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Tower Behavioral Health.