Opioids are medications prescribed by doctors to treat persistent or severe pain. They work by blocking pain messages sent from the body through the spinal cord to the brain.

Opioids can be effective when prescribed for:
  • Individuals with chronic headaches and backaches
  • Those recovering from surgery 
  • People who have been injured in auto accidents or other incidents 
  • Those experiencing severe pain associated with cancer

In many instances, however, people can acquire opioids illegally. When opioids are abused, the effects can be devastating and even deadly. That’s why it’s crucial to reach out for professional help to an addiction treatment program like the one at AAR Healthcare immediately if you believe that you or someone you care about is addicted to opioids. 

If you or someone you are close to is struggling with opioid addiction, there is help available. Reach out to AAR Healthcare online or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more about how AAR’s San Diego opioid addiction treatment program can help.

Common Opioids

The most common opioids include:
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Oxycontin
  • Morphine
  • Heroin
  • Opium

Heroin and opium are illegal, while the rest of the opioids listed are legal with a prescription. Even though the use of opioids such as oxycodone and codeine is legal, even prescribed opioids can quickly become addictive and lead users to be dependent on these narcotics.

Do I Need Opioid Addiction Treatment?

To determine for yourself if you are abusing opioids or otherwise addicted, the following questions are helpful to ask:

Have you continued to use opioids even after the symptoms for which the opioids were prescribed subsided?

Are you using higher doses with more frequency than the doctor prescribed?

Have you taken opioids without a prescription by acquiring them outside of traditional medical channels?

Have you engaged in “doctor shopping” in attempts to continue taking these medications beyond what was initially prescribed?

Do you question if you could function without opioids?

Are you suffering withdrawal symptoms — like depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, or tremors — when there are no opioids in your system?

If you or your loved one may be struggling with addiction to opioids, seeking professional help is absolutely essential. Opioids are among the most dangerous drugs to withdraw from without medical supervision, and attempting to do so “cold turkey” can often lead to extremely adverse consequences.

The Opioid Addiction Treatment Program at AAR Healthcare

Opioid addiction treatment at AAR Healthcare involves three main aspects of care, each of which is grounded in evidence-based treatment protocols:
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Physician Services

This aspect of our care involves medical assessments that lead to the delivery of Ambulatory Withdrawal Management (outpatient detox) and medication-assisted treatment. Our MAT program utilizes buprenorphine (including Subutex, Suboxone, Sublocade), naltrexone (or Vivitrol), and/or other medications to control cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms.

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Counseling Services

This entails evidence-based counseling techniques delivered by addiction specialists to help address and heal the issues that likely underlie the addiction. This includes individual and group therapy as well as, if needed, family therapy to help restore damaged relationships. Among other evidence-based approaches, we specialize in motivational enhancement therapy (MET), cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and trauma-informed care.

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Recovery Support Services

Among other areas, our team helps clients navigate potential challenges with housing, employment, and legal issues while also coordinating care among other healthcare providers. We also help those we serve to discover wellness practices that support long-term recovery through improved nutrition, sleep patterns, and mindfulness.

The Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved several medications to treat OUD by relieving the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. Medications used for MAT are evidence-based treatment options that, when combined with evidence-based counseling, greatly enhance the likelihood of sustained recovery.

The main MAT medications AAR Healthcare prescribes for OUD include:

Buprenorphine (including Suboxone, Subutex, and Sublocade)

is an opioid partial agonist that, for many, is a safer and more effective option than full synthetic opioids like methadone. Buprenorphine works by diminishing the effects of physical dependence to opioids, such as withdrawal symptoms and cravings, while also increasing safety in cases of overdose and reducing the potential for misuse (as compared to methadone).

Naltrexone and Vivitrol

blocks the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication even if somebody takes opioids while on these medications. The “safeguard” element of these medications is extremely effective in helping clients to remain in treatment and avoid relapses.

Learn More About Opioid Addiction Treatment at AAR Healthcare Today

If you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to Fentanyl, Oxycodone, Heroin, or any other type of opioid, we strongly encourage you to reach out for professional help. Reach out to AAR Healthcare today using our secure online form or call us at 844.967.1610 to learn more.