At Genesis Recovery, we offer a safe and spiritually comforting environment that enhances all aspects of the mind, body, spirit connection through faith and dedication. Our recovery treatments are designed to assist every client that is admitted into our recovery programs beginning with detox and therapy down to an assortment of alternative treatments. Every treatment that we provide here at Genesis is geared toward nurturing the uniqueness of personalities and addiction types we deal with on a daily basis. Through constant re-education and the coming together of the most knowledgeable minds in recovery treatment, we offer a no tolerance environment to help our clients realize they can overcome addiction.
Addiction to Opiates
One of the many addictions we treat is the addiction to opiates, which are commonly referred to as pain medications. These pain medications are created to help those that experience intense physical pain from trauma or degenerative disorders; they are not meant to be abused. However, these opiate based medications can often be taken over their intended limit as those affected with pain experience increased dependency to function in their daily lives. Opiates are also known as narcotics and these narcotics are under high surveillance because of their addictive properties in the addiction community.
The common versions of these opiates are known as codeine, heroin, morphine, oxycodon (a synthetic form of opiates) and hydrocodone. You will have seen these or heard of them, your doctor may have prescribed them to you when you had your wisdom teeth removed at one time. The common names of these drugs include:
Common Abuse of Opiates
Morphine is one of the most addictive of them all and hospitals are constantly targeted by addicts in emergency facilities as it is offered during moments of intense pain, usually before or after surgery, through intravenous methods. Many studies throughout the United States have found that almost every addict has visited the emergency room to pick up a morphine fix. Fortunately, there are many new systems in place that are digital and are able to track an individual’s visits. Those seeking morphine fixes and other narcotic drugs are documented and refused unnecessary treatments.
Symptoms of opiate addiction and withdrawal:
• Increased muscle pain
• Muscle fatigue
• General fatigue
• Cramping in the digestive tract
• Intense dehydration
• Nausea and vomiting
How Opiates Negatively Affect the Brain
The addiction to opiates comes from the intense relief they deliver from ongoing pain, and how they affect the brain. Opiates provide feelings of euphoria and increased comfort, since they target various receptors in the brain that would otherwise send pain throughout the body. There are receptors in the spinal cord and brain that are affected by opiates. Many of those that are prescribed opiates have back and neck pain. In addition to the increased feelings of comfort and insurmountable relaxation from these drugs, the addiction to opiates can have many serious side effects.
Because these opiate narcotics are extremely effective by working on the nervous system, any overuse of them can cause serious issues in the electrical and chemical impulses within the brain’s processes. Since opiates attach to receptors within the brain to inhibit pain stimulation, they can also block respiratory functions. If the medulla oblongata which is located in the brainstem is overstimulated, the normal functions of breathing and the rhythm of the heart and lungs can be compromised.
Treatment for Opiates at Genesis Recovery
The addiction to these pain medications can seem impossible to overcome, but with the variety of treatments we offer at Genesis Recovery, rehabilitation is possible. We offer a completely customizable addiction recovery plan for every client that comes into our facility for addiction to opiates. We begin with safe and caring detox that will be uncomfortable, but shouldn’t be life threatening. The fear of detox comes from the removal of these stimulants, but with our faith in God we can achieve independence from these harmful substances. Our detoxification programs are conducted by our medical and specifically trained detox team to ensure your safety and comfort.
The next step in treatment after detox is to engage in one on one private counseling with one of our specified counselors. These counselors will conduct a dual diagnosis screening for any preexisting mental health conditions and devise a set of treatment plans for additional alternative treatments. Depending on your personality type and your health, we can determine nutrition plans and methods of exercise to supplement your recovery.
Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Exercise and Narcotics Anonymous
Since many people addicted to opiates started taking these medications for pain, we offer some exercise treatments that can help with physical pain and mental well-being. When the body and mind undergo full rejuvenation from the effects of opiates, we feel clear and ready to accept all treatments. Our 12-step Narcotics Anonymous meetings will help each client share their stories and engage with their peers that have experienced this treatment process for opiates as well. These sessions provide added comfort and support for everything from family and relationship troubles to internal issues and our future fears after recovery.
If you and your family are experiencing added pressure from the recovery process and need further support, our family sessions can help to bring you together and educate them on addiction. We are here for you in every way. Explore everything that Genesis Recovery has to offer and other treatment options we offer for the treatment of opiate addiction.