Overcoming Opioid Addiction

Everyday, substance abuse disorders such as opioid use disorder continue to chew away at individual’s lives and threatens to kill them as it did to nearly 10,000 people in 2018. That’s more than three people per day. Whether the numbers of people finding themselves with addiction either from temporary poor judgment, environmental factors or simply being prescribed the addictive substance, the rate of increase shows no signs of slowing down in the near future.
For many who are suddenly figuring out for themselves that they may have a problem in the form of an opioid addiction, it may be daunting to think about what happens next, but hopefully this short list of actions can help get on the path to sobriety.
First, try to educate yourself as best as you can about addiction, opioids, the current state of treatment, and related information from trusted sources. One resource that can help is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website at samhsa.gov. Understanding your condition and how it’s typically handled by the medical field will alleviate any surprises, while understanding the treatment allows you to ask more informed questions of professionals you might seek treatment from. While it’s safe to assume all treatment facilities want to help, sometimes that help could be operating in a manner that doesn’t include up to date information, or possibly has omitted a kind of therapy or treatment that seems worth looking into.
When seeking heroin drug treatment in Broward, especially for opioids, finding medication assisted treatment (MAT) should be considered a priority. Knowledge of how opioids affect the body have advanced to the point where there are now drugs that have been proven to have positive effects on patients looking to shed their drug addiction.
It is also important to understand that detox, rehab, therapy and treatment are all different things. South Florida detox, for instance, is simply the act of safely removing the substance out of the body. For heavy addictions, dependence develops in the user actually becomes physically threatening to that person when attempting to get clean. Detox manages the physical nature of withdrawal for the safety of the patient, but doesn’t constitute complete treatment. Rehab refers to learning how to live more healthy in the absence of drugs, therapy focuses on behavioral and emotional health and treatment tends to refer to either medication assisted treatment or the totality of seeking help for addiction.
Finally, realize that recovery is not an unattainable unicorn flying through the 5th dimension, completely out of your reach. People overcome addictions every day, including severe opioid addictions that involve heavy use of heroin. As much as addiction can damage your life and hinder your ability to exert control over your actions, it’s never impossible to overcome if you are willing to maintain a positive attitude while getting treatment. Studies show that having a positive outlook on more traditional illnesses and even recovery from surgery can help in recovery because the human mind is, indeed, a powerful force.

If you or someone you know is possibly suffering from opioid addiction or other substance use disorders, call 1st Step Behavioral Health, a south Florida drug rehab center, to speak to a specialist about treatment options.

Shutdown Continues to Threaten Addiction Treatment

It’s impossible to remove politics from subjects like drug and alcohol addiction and their treatment. Government policies often dictate how society handles the problems associated with the illness and often times is also part of funding for those solutions. Government actions have a direct influence on healthcare which is partly why the current shutdown may impact some states like Florida and their ability to fund treatment centers and now may possibly affect specific opioid addiction treatments.

Whatever your politics are, the facts are that this is the longest shutdown in US Government history, now inching close to a month of frozen budgets for a variety of government functions, mostly to do with secondary government operations like parks preservation. Some of that budget funds the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) which has been closed for the better part of a month and is responsible for approving the administration of drugs like naloxone by qualified doctors.

Medication Assisted Treatments (MAT) are becoming more and more common for treating opioid addicts as well as for preventing fatalities during an overdose in emergency rooms and treatment clinics alike. Drugs like naloxone can help patients dealing with withdrawal symptoms have relief from the cravings and physical side effects that often come from detox.

For professional physicians who prescribe the drug, they go through the Drug Enforcement Agency for approval to prescribe these medications. For the first year, they are allowed, when approved, to prescribe these drugs to thirty patients for use in MAT. The following year after a follow up review, they may expand to on hundred. With the government shutdown having effectively closed the offices which handle these approvals for the better part of a month, doctors seeking initial approval and those wishing to get the greenlight to treat more patients are both in a holding pattern.

Analyst fear this may have a two fold rippling effect down the line. The first would be that with the increase of opioid usage, fatal overdoses could possibly see a rise as well as patients without the assistance of the MAT with the possibility of rising relapses as well. The second is that once open, the speed with which the doctors will get approved will be slowed down to catch up with the backlog of however long the shutdown ends up being, further delaying the delivery of treatment to those who need it.

As mentioned earlier, the shut down also affects the funding of some clinics and addiction treatment facilities. Annually, federal grants get distributed to subsidize organizations responsible for maintaining public health, with addiction treatment centers being one of them. Depending on how much specific centers depend on that yearly influx of cash to continue running, some facilities could see drastically reduced staffing and housing during the shutdown, should it continue for much longer.

For those who might be affected by this shutdown on the patient side of things, it’s important to stick with your treatment plan as close as possible even if your substance abuse treatment in Florida temporarily closes.. Make sure to have plenty contact information for counselors and sponsors and try to find a place to stay you feel most comfortable and relatively safe from triggering situations and away from easy access to your addictive substance. South Florida drug rehab centers are not expecting to completely shut down, but taking precautions might not be the worst thing in the world.

In the meantime, seeking Pompano drug rehab is as easy as calling 1st Step Behavioral Health at (866) 319-6126.