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Signs It’s Time for Opioid Rehab

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Opioid addiction, or opioid use disorder (OUD), is a chronic medical condition characterized by the compulsive use of opioids despite adverse consequences. Opioids include prescription medications like OxyContin and illicit drugs like heroin. Overcoming OUD can be highly challenging, but it is possible with expert support and treatment from the opioid rehab program at Ashwood Recovery.

Located in Boise, ID, Ashwood Recovery offers a range of outpatient treatment programs for adults struggling with substance use and mental health concerns, including OUD. Contact our team online or call 888.341.3607 to learn how to spot the signs that it’s time for opioid rehab. We can help you or a loved one handle the symptoms of opioid abuse or signs of opioid addiction.

What Are Opioid Abuse Symptoms?

Opioid abuse symptoms can vary in intensity, and not everyone abusing opioids exhibits the same symptoms. However, most opioids share similar symptoms, including:

  • Euphoria
  • Drowsiness and nodding off
  • Confusion
  • Constricted pupils
  • Slow or shallow breathing
  • Slurred speech and lack of coordination
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Itchiness and skin irritation
  • Significant weight loss

Opioid abuse can also cause mood swings, aggression, risk-taking behaviors, anxiety, depression, an inability to cope with everyday stressors, and significant physical health risks.

What Are the Signs of Opioid Addiction?

Individuals who rely on prescription opioids for long-term pain management frequently become dependent on them, even when using them as prescribed. Many become hooked on the euphoric effects of opioids, using them long after they are medically necessary. When their prescription drug of choice becomes legally unavailable, they may acquire them illegally or turn to illicit opioids like heroin.

Opioid addiction is initially reasonably easy to hide, mainly because it often begins with taking pills. As the level of OUD worsens, the signs become more apparent. Still, there are common signs to be aware of, including:

  • Intense and persistent cravings for opioids
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using opioids
  • Needing higher doses to achieve the desired effects (tolerance)
  • Inability to control opioid use, even when trying to cut back or quit
  • Dedicating the majority of time to acquiring, using, or recovering from opioids
  • Continuing to use opioids despite adverse consequences
  • Neglecting personal hygiene and self-care
  • Significant changes in mood and behavior
  • Isolation from friends, family, and previously enjoyed activities
  • The presence of drug paraphernalia, such as needles, spoons, syringes, and burnt aluminum foil
  • Financial or legal complications

Stealing, lying, secretive behavior, unexplained disappearances, and a sudden change in friends are other typical signs often associated with opioid addiction.

What Happens in Outpatient Opioid Rehab?

Individuals with long-term or severe OUD require inpatient rehab programs that allow them to be removed entirely from their environment and become immersed in their treatment. Outpatient opioid rehab is ideal for patients who are stepping down from inpatient rehab, have mild to moderate OUD, or cannot step away from daily life to enter inpatient treatment but are highly motivated for change.

Outpatient opioid rehab programs vary in structure and services, depending on the level of care needed. However, typical components include the following:

  • Assessment to identify the level of OUD and treatment needs
  • Development of a personalized treatment plan for recovery
  • Individual counseling
  • Group therapy sessions
  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Education about OUD and its impacts
  • Skill building and training
  • Family therapy and support
  • Behavioral therapy
  • 12-step programs
  • Drug testing
  • Relapse prevention

The hours per day and days per week of treatment depend on which outpatient program best suits your needs. Outpatient opioid rehab provides a continuity of care that helps patients transition back into everyday life by offering continued support, follow-up care, and aftercare services.

Enroll in Outpatient Opioid Rehab at Ashwood Recovery

If you or someone you know struggles with opioid use disorder, seeking professional treatment is vital. OUD is complex and challenging, but recovery is possible. At Ashwood Recovery, we provide comprehensive, personalized opioid treatment at our outpatient rehab in Boise, ID. Contact our team online or call 888.341.3607 today to learn more.