Opiates and opiate addiction are now the leading cause of drug abuse in the USA and all over the world. The many pharmaceutical prescription drugs that contain variations of opiates have provided the medical world with effective pain relief medications but unfortunately, has also has given many people an unrelenting addiction to the many derivatives of the drugs. Opiate addiction has become an epidemic and the rehabilitation from this devastating drug is a scourge that has led many people into the most horrible places in life. At Taj Treatment Centers, Inc. our numbers show that opiate addiction constitutes about 60% of our new incoming clientele.
Opiate drugs like heroin and opiate-based pain killers – Oxycodone – are very common as street drugs and can be taken in many forms orally, smoking or by injecting it. People suffering from this addiction need very specific rehab attention and that is where TAJ Treatment center comes in.
Our facility is comprised of knowledgeable personnel and experienced staff who will help you deal with the detoxification and rehabilitation from opiate addiction. Our team monitors you from the beginning detox stages to your completion date while in our care. With opiate addictions come a variety of effects so you must be monitored closely as you experience detox symptoms and medical expertise to treat.
Our detoxification process will follow these steps to help our patients with opiate addictions:
- Initial Assessment
- Detoxification Protocol
- Our Residential Program
- Aftercare planning
Upon admission, the doctor and/or nurse practitioner will meet with the client to ascertain the full extent of the opiate addiction and will also define the specifics of which variant of the destructive drug was being abused. At this time, medication will be ordered and a detox protocol will be implemented. We will conduct a detailed physical and mental consultation to have a clear picture of the full effects of the abuse along with their mental health. Opiates have a severe physical effect on anyone and this is the first step in dealing with the problem, getting the person physically separated from the effects of the opiates. Towards the final stages of detoxification at TAJ treatment center, we start working on the mental conditioning of our clients for life after the opiate abuse.
Our opiate detox protocol is patient-specific, which means that each client has a regimen set up that is specific to their opiate history. This ensures that the detoxification success rate is higher and also means the client gains the ability to undergo support therapy while in our center.
We strongly encourage clients to be 100% honest about the extent of their opiate addiction and habitual behavior during addiction. Many of us are ashamed at what we’ve done in the past to continue our addiction, and we understand this concept. However, failure to disclose the full history can be detrimental to your recovery. With this information, our expert staff will have a medical regimen that with opiates can last up to 14 days in most cases. At Taj Treatment Center, the detoxification process will be monitored by professional medical staff, therapists and support staff to make sure that the client endures the least amount of physical pain and withdrawal.
Repetitive opiate drug abuse forces the body to produce less of the natural chemicals that stimulate the brain’s comfort and pain centers. During this time the patient may experience some discomfort but with new medications on the market such as non-addictive prescriptions like Suboxone and Subutex, detox can be comfortable.
Taj Treatment Center Residential Program
The TAJ rehabilitation program is a mixture of client one-on-one sessions with a licensed therapist, as well as group sessions with other clients to evaluate their progress through the program. Rehabilitation involves identifying and instilling new habits of coping with life and the many stressors in our daily life, whatever they may be.
We also explore the conceptual understanding that an addict’s life in much the same as any other person’s life. This means that “normal” people don’t experience life any different than an addict does. The addict has learned to cope with life in a destructive manner and this is the main difference between an addict and a normal person.
Our entire team at Taj Treatment Center will work with the client to develop new better behaviors to cope with life and in some cases, with the physical pain they may have experienced due to injury, etc. In some cases, our rehab program will also recommend physical therapy and/or medication management to deal with pre-existing injuries that might have led to the addiction in the first place. Many opiate abusers start as victims of injury or misdiagnosed mental conditions. So our team will take great care to diagnose these existing conditions in order to make sure that the client has a plan of action when completing.
At Taj Treatment Center, our aftercare program is one of the best at helping our patients into the swing of life. Working with the client during the detox and residential programs, in aftercare we continue to provide group and individual therapy as part of our commitment. A successful rehabilitation and reintegration of the client into their lives involves continuous follow-up meetings, alcohol and drug testing, and a program to measure their progress. Our counselors have decades of experience and have worked with clients who have had issues with opiate addiction and alert the client of potential warning signs that predicate relapse.
Our Team at Taj Treatment Center is dedicated to empowering the patient to deal with life on its own terms and with the ability able live a productive life one day at a time. We will work with the client until they have demonstrated an ability to cope with life’s ups and downs utilizing the tools given in our residential program. Our clients’ are taught that it’s totally OK to ask for help when needed.
How to spot possible Opiate abuse or addiction
The warning signs for opiate drug abuse are much the same as any other drug addiction, and friends and family could spot a developing problem by being aware of the following symptoms:
- Track marks on arms or legs from injecting drugs
- Pinpoint eyes (pupils)
- Sleep deprivation or improper sleeping habits
- Skin rashes and blotching
- Social withdrawal
- Mood swings and anger issues
- Out of character decision making (impulsiveness)
- DUI offenses
- Abuse of medical prescriptions
If you find that you or a member of your family or friends show any of these symptoms there is a possibility that they might be suffering from opiate abuse and could spell trouble ahead. Please call our center for a free phone assessment.