Opioid use disorders (OUDs) inflict pain on millions of individuals and families every year. Unfortunately, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the opioid crisis in America has worsened. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), in 2020, the “Total drug-related deaths increased by 17 percent” compared to 2019. Dedicated professionals at The Family Place provide education and support to families and individuals in our local community. We treat men, women, and pregnant women recovering from opioid misuse through evidence-based and alternative modalities.
What Are Opioids?
Opiates and opioids are incredibly addictive and can be naturally made or synthetic. Some of the most common misused forms of the substance include:
- Oxycodone (OxyContin)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
Every substance has unique side effects and withdrawal symptoms. Most opioids are potentially lethal after even a single instance of misuse. The side effects and symptoms can be devastating and affect all areas of a person’s life, including career, education, and personal relationships.
Side Effects of Opioid Addiction
All addictive substances can affect cognition, mood, and physical health. Opioids are very addictive, and their side effects range from mild to severe. Some of the most common side effects of opioid misuse include:
- Slowed breathing
- Increased risk of HIV/AIDS
- Intense cravings
- Unusual sweating
- General discontent
- Reduced sex drive
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Slurred speech
- Loss of coordination and difficulty focusing
The side effects of misusing opiates become more severe over time, making it dangerous to avoid treatment. In addition, co-occurring disorders adversely impact symptoms of OUD. The Family Place treats dual diagnoses using holistic care and personalized treatment plans to ensure the best possible outcome.
Co-occurring Disorders and Opioid Addiction
We treat co-occurring disorders using various therapeutic methods, including individual trauma therapy. Our facility has the resources to treat the following co-occurring conditions:
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Social anxiety
Chronic pain is another co-occurring disorder that often accompanies opioid misuse. Many people who misuse heroin begin by abusing prescription medications like painkillers. Individuals may self-medicate and treat chronic or acute conditions that cause pain and discomfort using prescription or illicit opioids. Psychotherapy and mindfulness-based techniques provide excellent tools for recovery and can be healthy alternatives to prescription medications in some instances.
The Family Place offers medication-assisted treatment (MAT) when necessary to ensure the safety and health of our clients. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “The ultimate goal of MAT is full recovery, including the ability to live a self-directed life.” MAT has been shown to:
- “Improve patient survival”
- “Increase retention in treatment”
- “Decrease illicit opiate use and other criminal activity among people with substance use disorders”
- “Increase patients’ ability to gain and maintain employment”
- “Improve birth outcomes among women who have substance use disorders and are pregnant”
We use the following prescribed drugs during MAT:
- Suboxone and suboxone maintenance
Not everyone feels comfortable using MAT, and we respect every individual’s right to choose to go through recovery without the assistance of prescription drugs. However, in some cases involving pregnant women, MAT is the safest way to decrease the risk of severe withdrawal symptoms for the mother and baby. Medication-assisted treatment is combined with psychotherapy and other modalities to ensure clients have all the tools they need to gain confidence in their recovery and maintain long-term recovery.
Therapies at The Family Place
Opioids affect cognition, mood, and physical health, making it essential to use integrative care to address every aspect of the disorder. At The Family Place, we use holistic care that includes the following therapies:
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- Accelerated resolution therapy (ART)
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Creative healing
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Motivational interviewing (MI)
- Relapse prevention
- Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT)
Every client attends individual trauma therapy during our programs. We believe that unaddressed trauma can interfere with recovery. The Family Place embraces a trauma-focused approach to care. Every client follows a personalized treatment plan to address their unique issues and needs.
Pregnancy and Opioid Use Disorder
Pregnant women who misuse opioids increase their baby’s risk of becoming dependent on the substance. In most cases, the OB-GYN recommends medication-assisted treatment (MAT), which allows the mother to slowly taper off the drug to lower the risk to the baby. However, the baby may experience severe withdrawal symptoms after birth, including:
- Excessive crying
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hyperactive reflexes
- Difficulty feeding
- Excessive yawning
- Sneezing and stuffy nose
Pregnant women at The Family Place have access to medical and support services for their baby throughout the rehabilitation program.
Aftercare and Avoiding Relapse
Many individuals with OUD struggle with chronic or acute pain and other conditions that impact their ability to recover and avoid relapse. We help clients create relapse prevention strategies and plan for continuing care to ensure they can confidently maintain their sobriety after leaving treatment.
Some individuals recovering from opioid misuse require long-term MAT and individual therapy. Case managers at The Family Place make sure clients have detailed information on all the resources they might need to continue moving forward in their recovery, including:
- Referrals to doctor offices and therapists
- Peer support through self-help and 12-Step groups
- Assistance applying for housing, financial, and housing programs
- Emergency planning and preventative strategies
The Family Place offers evidence-based and alternative treatments for men, women, and pregnant mothers recovering from opioid use disorder. To learn more about our facility and programs, call us today at 1-800-501-7796.