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Opioid addiction treatment: The Enterhealth approach

Opioid addiction

Enterhealth Ranch provides treatment for addiction to opioids like heroin and prescription pain medications. Technically speaking, the word “opiate” refers to natural derivatives of the opium poppy, such as morphine and codeine, while “opioid” refers to both opiates and a wide range of synthetic compounds. Opioids are very useful for pain management and cough suppression for patients with severe lung conditions; however, they are also among the most abused drugs. Opioids are easy to obtain, readily prescribed by doctors and highly addictive. Opioid addiction has, in fact, become an epidemic problem that has killed tens of thousands of Americans and even garnered the attention of federal legislators.

Common opioid addictions which the Enterhealth treatment program can successfully treat:

Enterhealth’s approach to treat opioid addiction

At Enterhealth Ranch, our team of board-certified addiction psychiatrists, physicians, neuropsychologists and other experts takes a holistic approach to treating opioid addiction. They combine their training and expertise with the latest evidence-based therapeutic and pharmacological techniques to help those suffering from opioid addiction regain control, sobriety and stability in their lives. Proven to be more effective than traditional addiction treatment programs, the Enterhealth team developed a science-based set of treatments and protocols based on the latest medical research from the National Institutes of Health identifying alcohol and drug dependency as a treatable chronic brain disease.

Medications to reduce cravings and relieve opioid withdrawal symptoms

We may prescribe the following anti-addiction medications for opioid addiction:

  • Suboxone
  • Vivitrol (naltrexone)

Opioid withdrawal stabilization

Enterhealth Ranch provides supervised residential drug and alcohol detox (also known as withdrawal stabilization) services for opioid addiction with 24-hour nursing and medical staff available at any hour of the day. The opioid withdrawal stabilization process is a crucial first step to recovery and should only be done under the supervision of a physician with formal training in alcohol/drug addiction treatment.

Depending on which opioids were abused and for how long, the signs and symptoms of opioid withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, restlessness, irritability, sweating, tremors, sneezing, anorexia, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, sleep disturbances, intense cravings to relapse, and even death in some cases. These problems vary in severity and duration depending on the specific drug dose and duration of use. How long it takes for the opioid withdrawal symptoms to appear also varies. For example, in heroin abusers they typically occur six to ten hours after the last injection, whereas those who are addicted to methadone may not experience opioid withdrawal symptoms for over forty-eight hours after the last dose.

Withdrawal stabilization is not treatment

Please note that withdrawal stabilization is NOT treatment but, rather, serves only to remove the substance safely out of the body so that the treatment phase can be started.

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