In the past ten years, we have seen an abrupt escalation of opioid addiction and overdose deaths across the nation. In 2015, 33,091 known overdose deaths occurred due to opioid abuse in the United States, while 2.6 million other Americans continued to struggle with their addiction. It is no secret that New Jersey particularly has been struggling under the weight of the opioid epidemic, with a heroin-related death rate that is more than 32,529 people were admitted to New Jersey drug and alcohol rehab facilities due to heroin or other opiates, but statistics show that only an average of 10% of people who truly need treatment are actually admitted into care. If you or your loved one is one of the estimated 70,000 people in New Jersey who need care for opiate abuse, Piscataway drug rehab facilities can help you.
Because of the significance of the opiate and heroin crisis in New Jersey, this article will be reviewing opioid abuse before discussing how drug and alcohol rehab facilities work and the treatments available at the live in drug rehab centers Piscataway.
The terms opiates and opioids mean the same thing- they are both names for a group of drugs that includes heroin and some prescription pain killers such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and fentanyl. These pain killers are typically prescribed by a doctor for issues such as chronic pain, injury, and so on. They are also the first kind of opiate with which most people come into contact. While these drugs are initially prescribed by a doctor, it is important to remember that these drugs are still incredibly addictive and long term use increases the risk of addiction. With sustained use, even as prescribed, the body can build up a tolerance to the substance. Misuse of the drugs often occurs as the pain they are meant to treat seemingly becomes more persistent, creating a mental and physical dependence on the substance. When the drug eventually stops working the way it used to or when a prescription is denied, studies show that the now addicted individual has an increased likelihood of resorting to use of illicit opiates to meet the demands of their dependency. Those who are abusing prescription opiates or heroin are typically ashamed or even scared of their addiction, and may try to hide their habit, but some tell-tale symptoms of opiate abuse can include:
If you or your loved one is experiencing symptoms of opioid abuse, consider admission to a drug and alcohol rehab facility. The live in drug rehab centers Piscataway offers have helped many recover from their illness thanks to their extensive experience in prescription drug and heroin addiction treatment.
Piscataway drug rehab facilities are equipped to take you from start to finish in your journey to sobriety. Oftentimes, most rehab centers begin your journey to recovery with detox. Medical detox is a managed period of withdrawal, during which medical professionals monitor the patient and administer appropriate medications to manage the symptoms experienced during withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal from drugs and their severity depend upon the specific drug abused and the extent of the abuse. Some symptoms of opiate withdrawal include uncontrollable trembling, pain, abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting, seizures, hallucinations, changes in mood (agitation, depression, fear), and sudden, intense cravings for their drug of choice. These symptoms can be distressing and even dangerous if experienced alone, but choosing to undergo medical detox in Piscataway drug rehab facilities means that detox is a safe process, thanks to around-the-clock care from attentive, experienced medical staff.
Once detox is complete, your physical dependency is no more and real, lasting change can begin! The next step in your recovery process is to choose the kind of treatment program that works best for you.
While there is always the option of enrolling in outpatient drug and alcohol rehab if you don't have the option of taking time off from work or other responsibilities, most professionals will suggest spending at least some time after detox at one of the live in drug rehab centers Piscataway has available. This is because the inpatient Piscataway drug rehab facilities provide a safe, drug-free environment, where you can focus on your recovery free from the daily stresses and demands that one would face upon returning home. There are many treatment programs available to be uniquely styled to each equally unique patient.
However, there are a few stable elements of almost all treatment programs which include one-on-one counseling with a therapist who specializes in the treatment of addiction. These regular, therapeutic sessions allow you and your counselor to explore what the causes of your addiction may be, ascertain the specific environments and stressors that are most triggering (meaning likely to cause a relapse), and establish a variety of healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress. All this is done to work through any underlying factors involved in your addiction that may have impeded earlier recovery while giving you the tools you need to succeed outside of the addiction treatment center.
Group therapy sessions are also a prevalent element of a treatment program. These therapy or counseling meetings are generally a group of fellow patients who share similar addictions to yours. Because of the intimacy of the topics discussed, group therapy may sound intimidating to some. However, the beauty of this particular therapy group is that your group members have all faced the same struggles that you have had to face. Making friends who can provide reassurance to you also and vice versa makes it possible to alleviate any potential sense of isolation or personal guilt that you may be feeling during your recovery process. Once inpatient treatment has run its course, the strong bonds made during group therapy sessions are also helpful in creating an effective support group that you can call upon in times of temptation after returning home. In addition to the two counseling programs mentioned here, there are a variety of other techniques available to patients at Piscataway drug rehab facilities.
Once you do return home, continued outpatient involvement encourages something called relapse prevention programs. You can't remain in the temptation-free live in drug rehab centers Piscataway offers forever, but you can learn how to respond to temptation and cope with stressors. The relapse prevention training offered through Piscataway drug rehab facilities teaches you and members of your support group (close friends and family) the warning signs and symptoms of oncoming relapse to help you stop a mistake before it happens.
Addiction can seem like an insurmountable obstacle, but lasting recovery is possible. If you or your loved one is struggling with substance abuse, please know there is hope. Help is available in Piscataway drug rehab facilities and you can find more information about addiction, treatment, and recovery by calling.