Opiates are narcotic painkillers designed to control pain and are prescribed by doctors to treat valid medical diagnoses. Most individuals who take opiates, such as morphine, codeine, OxyContin, and hydrocodone do so by following the prescribing instructions exactly as recommended. Some individuals who are prescribed opiates unfortunately become addicted and dependent upon these opiates, requiring higher and higher doses to achieve the same effects. In addition to pain-relieving properties, opiates also cause the user to feel intense pleasure and happiness; a sense of rightness in the world.
Many of these opiate addicts opt to augment the high experienced by opiates by abusing other substances as well. Some opt to use other depressants such as alcohol or benzodiazepines to cause a more mellow high. Others abuse opiates to counteract the unpleasant side effects of stimulant usage. Mixing opiates with other drugs can lead to even more lethal consequences than opiate addiction alone.
The consequences of opiate addiction are far-reaching. Some men and women lose their jobs or fail out of school as a result of poor performance. Others will be unable to meet their social and familial obligations. Most will experience the unpleasant feelings of withdrawal when they are cut off from their opiates, often leading them to seek out heroin, a more potent and illegal opiate.
Opiate addiction is a serious illness, often complimented by an underlying, undiagnosed mental illness that requires successful detoxification and rehab to overcome. At Mount Regis, we understand that opiates have served a purpose in your life, whether it’s to numb your emotional pain or cope with stresses. We’re ready to help you learn better more efficient ways of coping with your struggles.
Why You Should Consider Inpatient Rehab for Opiate Addiction
At Mount Regis, many members of our caring staff have struggled in the same ways you have, so we have no shortage of compassionate shoulders to lean on. Our addiction program is based on the 12-step model for addiction recovery and focuses upon long-term abstinence.
When you come to us, you’ll undergo a complete physical and psychological evaluation to determine the level of dependence your body has upon opiates as well as whether or not you are suffering from a co-occurring mental disorder. We’ll work hard to manage your addiction and co-occurring disorders and incorporate these aspects into your plan of care.
Mount Regis believes that everything that matters to you matters to us as well. This includes your family, loved ones, health, happiness, and physical health. We are a holistic treatment center that focuses on treating the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. In our serene restored historic Virginia estate, you’ll find the compassionate whole body treatment you need to recover from opiates and begin to lead the happy, fulfilling life you deserve.
Program Philosophy and Benefits
Mount Regis is a small addiction rehab program that provides a friendly, warm, and compassionate environment for you. Your individualized plan of recovery will be tailored around your specific needs – your opiate addiction, your health, your well-being, your emotional health, and your co-occurring problems.
When you come to us, you’ll undergo a series of detailed interviews as you work side-by-side with your care team to create a plan of recovery for your stay with us. We’ll work together to set goals, evaluate your progress, and determine the next steps in your care. When you’re at Mount Regis, you’re among family.
Treatment Options for Opiate Addiction at Mount Regis
Through empirically-validated research, we’ve learned that the very best way to manage opiate addiction is through a combination of humane detoxification, medication management, and our 12-step therapeutic approach to addiction treatment.
If it is determined that you require detox from opiates based upon your physical exam, you will first undergo detox in our safe, controlled environment. There we will be able to closely evaluate you as you go through the most humane detox available. When you are stabilized, you are ready to be discharged into our 12-step approach to addiction treatment.
Medication management may be a part of the beginning of your stay with us. We firmly believe in abstinence, so you can be assured that you won’t exit rehab addicted to another drug. Many people do utilize medication management as a way to combat opiate withdrawal symptoms and manage symptoms of co-occurring disorders before they learn more healthy ways to cope with their symptoms. In addition to detox and medication management, we also offer a variety of therapies focused around our 12-step abstinence program.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses tightly upon correcting incorrect perceptions of the world around you. By creating more positive means of seeing the world, you learn to change the way you feel and behave.
Rational emotive behavioral therapy (REBT) is an action-driven form of therapy that focuses upon resolving your emotional and behavioral problems, thereby allowing you to live a much happier and more fulfilling life.
Group therapies are small groups of people who are struggling with a particular topic – such as opiate addiction – that get together and discuss the topic openly and honestly. The hope for group therapy is that you will learn from others and they will learn from you; a mutually beneficial relationship.
At Mount Regis Center we know that you’re a part of a larger family system of friends and loved ones and we aim to include them in your recovery as much as possible. We welcome your loved ones with open arms three days each week to allow you to spend time with those who will be most instrumental in your recovery. Family involvement is vital for individuals who are recovering from opiate addiction and we hope that your loved ones will join us in celebrating in your successes.
In order to best heal your mind, body, and spirit, we also offer a number of experiential approaches to healing. These include:
- Art programs
- Recreational programs
- Spiritual therapy
- A.A. and N.A.
- Nutrition and wellness counseling
Continuing Care – What Happens Next?
When your time with us comes to an end, we will work alongside you to create an aftercare plan that best meets your needs. Aftercare services are designed to continue the progress you’ve made during your inpatient stay with us and allow for continued healing.
Some people opt to join our Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) or our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in order to continue with their therapeutic progress and recovery. Others may decide to discharge to home with an aftercare plan in place. We’ll help connect you to local providers for continuing care as well as locate available community resources such as A.A. and N.A. for your continued sobriety.
The path to sobriety is never easy but it is always worth it.