The Devil's Drug
Richard M Knapp, Director
Sherwood Hills Recovery Resort
Sherwood Hills Recovery Resort, we treat more patients with this addiction than we do those who suffer from alcoholism. There are a lot of reasons this might be true. Many blame the rise in prescription pain killers over the last 5-7 years. Once hooked, even innocent "little old ladies" will turn to heroin once their source of legal drugs has dried up. And heroin is a lot cheaper, too, making the temptation all but irresistible, as if it weren't already.
There is a powerful physical addiction.Unlike many other drugs, opiates (opioids and heroin) are physically addicting, meaning there is actual physical withdrawal symptoms, even sickness and pain, that are associated with cessation of use. Many clinics and treatment centers specialize in either methadone or Suboxone, the two drugs used to get you off the drugs. At Sherwood Recovery, our doctors use a traditional Suboxone taper of 8mg, being gradually reduced each day, over a period of 12 days. There is a component of Naloxone (2mg/8mg) too, an opioid antagonist, so that patients can't use it to get high. At the direction of a physician, Suboxone can be taken long-term at a low maintenance level to prevent cravings and possible relapse.
The physchological component is stronger too.Because the addict spends so much of their time seeking the drug and obsessing over getting their fix to avoid the physical withdrawal, the psychological dependence is more significant too. In fact, as those who have been around heroin addicts can attest, there is little done besides seek the drug, get the drug, use the drug, and then start the cycle all over again. Once enslaved by this master of addictive cycles, it becomes extremely difficult to extricate oneself without help, either by force (being arrested) or by compulsion (intervention and treatment).
How to stop? Never start.
Understand their plight but do not get sucked into their vortex.
Because the addict MUST have the drug, it follows that they will do ANYthing for it, including committing crimes, especially burglary. Many who begin down this slippery slope of intense physical addiction will end up stealing to support their habit. This means watch your wallet. If you have never been manipulated before, then you are in for a ride. Emotional blackmail, ridiculous fabrications, and outlandish behavior are only some of the things used to get you to part with your hard earned money so that the addict might go another while without withdrawal.
Be firm about treatment.
Treatment centers offer both a medical and a clinical solution to opiate addiction. One without the other make recovering from this devil of a drug very nearly impossible. As it is, with both, it's still difficult to remain clean. In my position in admissions, I talk to people every day who have relapsed despite their otherwise good intentions. Today we offer what has been called by many, a recovery miracle, and is offered to our clients who qualify for the program. Essentially, the miracle is 60 days of residential treatment combined with a measured dose of Naltrexone, either by way of injection (Vivitrol), or pills taken daily, or an implant under the skin. The pills are less reliable for the obvious reason that someone teetering on relapse might "forget" to take it whereas the other two methods are long-lasting. The drug acts like a blocker and prevents the opiate receptors from being overrun. Vivitrol even works for alcoholics in much the same way. With the additional medication given at the end of a patient's stay in residential treatment for some length of time, the odds of more permanent change are greatly increased. No cravings mean that the patient can focus on getting long-term help to remain clean, sober, and free of the addiction.
Sherwood Hills Recovery Resort.If you or someone you love is seeking help with opiate dependence, call us, or call someone now for help. I can be reached directly at 888-663-1489.
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