Since using addictive substances leads to addiction for some people, seeking a drug detox center in Florida is an essential first step. If you have not found a solution with longevity, the team of dedicated clinicians, therapists, and organizers at Harmony Hills is here to help. We offer both inpatient and outpatient drug rehabilitation in Florida. Give us a call at 855.494.0357 to get more information about our opioid addiction treatment program.
Opioid Treatment in Florida
Most people are aware of the opioid epidemic. Still, the general population does not understand the suffering and day-to-day struggles of the people locked in the grip of opioid addiction. Harmony Hills offers a rigorous, research-centered, practical approach to substance abuse treatment. Attending treatment for addiction is inconvenient, but for many people, the alternative is worse.
Types of Opioids
The following opioids have shown to have extremely high rates of addiction:
- Fentanyl (Duragesic, Aqtic Fentora, Sublimaze)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin)
In the United States, patients can comfortably recover from serious medical procedures when their doctors prescribe opioids. At Harmony Hills, we view pain management as a skill. When you do not use it, you lose it. Opioids actually make people more sensitive to pain over time. After extended periods of use, once the brain becomes reliant on opioids, people lose their ability to handle everyday life’s pain and stress. If your brain is telling you that you are in unbearable agony, your natural response will be to alleviate it.
The problem is that in addition to providing pain relief, opioids prohibit individuals from performing basic tasks and living fulfilling lives. A person dependent on opioids suffers from social, occupational, and survival impairments. Taking too many opioids will eliminate the brain’s drive to breathe.
Opioids kill approximately 80 Americans per day. And at the beginning of 2020, it was revealed that the death toll for opioid-related deaths in the U.S. was almost 30% higher than initially reported. Opioid addiction affects every niche of the population, and people are more likely to become addicted during a tumultuous life event (like a global pandemic).
If you or a loved one shows signs of opioid dependency, we would be happy to discuss a potential action plan at our residential treatment center. Even if you follow your doctor’s instructions, you are still at risk of opioid dependence. Signs of opioid dependency include:
- Constant anxiety about medications
- Using opioids to avoid uncomfortable situations or feelings
- Repeatedly asking the doctor if you can take more medication
- Hiding medications
- Legal trouble resulting from opioid use
- Inability to distinguish between an inconvenience and a catastrophe
- Failure to properly care for your loved ones
- Taking more medication than is prescribed by your doctor
- Failure to maintain household responsibilities
- Extreme lethargy
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
Opioids and the Coronavirus
The COVID-19 pandemic is especially dangerous for people addicted to opioids. We are extremely worried about overdoses during this time because people are self-isolating to stop the spread of the virus. The more isolated people become, the harder it is to intervene before (or during) and overdose. The following behaviors statistically lead to relapse:
- Attempting to wean yourself off opioids without the help of a clinician
- Physical isolation
- Losing access to your sober community
- Being unable to earn a living wage
- Being physically unable to participate in activities with others
- Being stuck in a toxic or abusive environment
Many of the behaviors that are statistically more likely to result in relapse are exactly what people have been forced into during lockdown. Not everyone has a support system, but we are asking the families of people struggling with opioid addiction to be understanding and non-judgemental during this time.
Doctors have been overprescribing opioids for years. Becoming dependent on opioids is not the result of weakness or lack of willpower. The brain naturally wants the body to be comfortable. Anyone who takes prescription opioids is at risk of developing dependency. At Harmony Hills, our addiction treatment program offers the tools needed to help people get their lives back. Give us a call at 855.494.0357 to get more information.