Living with opioid addiction can make for a very difficult life. Chances are, you have experienced many negative consequences with regard to your opioid addiction. These can include broken relationships, financial problems, health issues, and possibly legal trouble. Living in the greater Los Angeles area gives you access to many options for world-class addiction treatment, however, being able to receive excellent opioid treatment in Ventura County right at home is even better.
From Calabasas to Oxnard to Santa Barbara and everywhere in between, getting specialized opioid treatment right here in Ventura County is possible. Not only are you be able to stay close enough to family and other responsibilities, but you’re still removed enough to focus strictly on yourself and your recovery. It’s the best of both worlds when it comes to opioid treatment.
What is Opioid Treatment Like?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.
Opioids work by binding to pain receptors and cutting off communication between the pain point and the brain. By doing this, your brain does not receive the messages that your body is in pain and its users are able to get much-needed pain relief. Opioids are especially helpful after surgery, a major injury, and other types of chronic pain.
While opioids can be helpful when prescribed and managed under medical supervision, they are also highly addictive. Once addiction has taken hold, it is important to receive treatment as soon as possible before it becomes worse.
The first step in opioid treatment is to detox the substances out of the system. This process is very sensitive, as drug cravings are at an all-time high and the risk for relapse is extremely great. That is why detox should never be performed alone and should be supervised with medicated-assisted detox.
In medicated-assisted detox, the client is able to detox from opioids comfortably with minimal withdrawal symptoms. This makes for a more pleasant detox experience, and clients are able to begin behavioral therapy more quickly.
Some of the withdrawal symptoms from opioids can include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Rapid heartbeat
- Muscle aches
- Cold-like symptoms
- Uncontrollable yawning
When individuals have been addicted to opioids for a long period of time, they may require medicated-assisted treatment to slowly wean off of opioids. Quitting cold turkey is not always in the best interest of every client, and some individuals may need ongoing care to taper off of opioids while in opioid treatment in Ventura County. Medicated-assisted treatment allows the body to slowly readjust back to its own normal opioid levels without experiencing such a shock to the system.
Once a client has safely and comfortably detoxed from opioids, it is important to begin behavioral therapy as soon as possible. Abstaining from opioids is only one small piece in the puzzle of recovery, which makes treatment programs so important.
In behavioral therapy, individuals will be able to learn new coping skills, how to control cravings, to work on any underlying issues such as depression or anxiety, and to work through any past traumas that could be associated with fueling the addiction.
How Long Does Opioid Treatment Last?
Opioid addiction looks different for everybody. Some people may be able to recover more easily than others, while some may require ongoing care for years. This all depends on the length and severity of the addiction. The longer someone is addicted, the longer it may take them to recover. The higher the dosage someone takes, the longer it may take for their body to readjust and medicated-assisted treatment may be required.
Generally, the detox period peaks and subsides in about 7-10 days. The majority of the withdrawal symptoms should be completed at this point, but acute symptoms such as cravings and anxiety may last for months.
Subsequent opioid treatment in Ventura County can last anywhere from 30 to 90 days. Depending on the needs of the client, Channel Islands Rehab will craft a treatment program that will be right for them.
About Channel Islands Rehab
If you or a loved one lives in Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Ventura, Oxnard, Carpenteria or even Santa Barbara, opioid treatment in Ventura County is available. Traveling to another destination for rehab may be unrealistic for many people, or it could be possible that the needs of your family and other responsibilities in Ventura County are stopping you. Being able to stay close to home while receiving the opioid treatment you so desperately need can be of comfort to many people, while still being able to focus on yourself inside of the facility.
The Channel Islands Total Immersion Method revolves around you, and it continues to strengthen as we get to know each other and begin to establish that all-important bond of trust. Our method employs the most recent innovative advances in medically-assisted detox and treatment, evidence-based modalities, specialized individual treatment plans, scientific neurobiology, humanistic therapies and a unique Family Program that has earned accolades from clients and their families.
Complementing these vital treatments and therapies is our powerful, unwavering ring of support. Through these collaborative efforts, we help you to uncover the underlying issues of your addiction. Our ultimate goal is for you to leave the facility strong and confident, with a practical plan for lasting recovery.
At Channel Islands Rehab Ventura County, we work to make your residential stay pleasant and stress-free. Our beautiful, calming home, located only one-half block from the ocean, gives you an opportunity to relax and reassess your direction in life. The facility overlooks the harbor, providing the most appealing of settings for re-connecting with yourself.
For more information, visit channelislandsrehab.com