Opioid Use Disorder

Opioid Use Disorders:

The world we live in has changed dramatically in the last several years and opioid drugs have become a national crisis that is causing concern for millions of people in the United States. All communities are being impacted by opioid misuse and others are becoming addicted to opioid drugs daily. The most common types of opioid use disorders are listed below:

We may never win the war on drugs, but we can help people who become addicted to opioid-related substances break free from their addiction to opioid drugs. While opioid use disorders are on the rise there is treatment available for people who develop addictions to opioid drugs.

What is an Opioid Use Disorder?

Opioid Use Disorders are chronic medical conditions that are characterized by loss of control of opioid use, risky opioid use, impaired social functioning, tolerance, and withdrawal. The use of opioid drugs can be problematic and cause impairment or distress.

Problematic Problems Associated with an Opioid Use Disorder

  1. The drug is taken in larger amounts or over time and the individual who is ingesting the substance will have no intention to take higher doses of the substance, but at some point, the individual yields to an overpowering desire to use more of the substance.
  2. The desire to use an opioid drug is relentlessly difficult to abstain from without medical detoxification services. There may be attempts to cut down or attempt to cut back, however, the desire along with the action to reduce the amount of a substance being consumed will result in unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control the amount of substance being used.
  3. Individuals may spend a great deal of time looking for the substance or become so preoccupied with the substance to the point of trying to obtain more of the substance. In some cases, a large amount of time is needed to recover from the physical & psychological effects of the drug.
  4. The craving for the substance is often noticed by the individual addicted to the substance or a strong desire or urge to use more of the substance.
  5. Many people addicted to opioid drugs find themselves struggling with role obligations like school, home life disruptions, or work-related problems or difficulties. Recurrent opioid use can disrupt an individual school, home, or work frequently.
  6. The disruptions at School, home, or work are intensified by the effects of opioid use.
  7. Some people will give up important social, occupational, or recreational activities or reduce their involvement to seek or use opioid drugs.
  8. Individuals may put themselves or others in harm’s way by driving a vehicle or operating other types of vehicles under the influence. The individual may not even associate with the reality that they are putting themselves in harm’s way in a physically hazardous situation.
  9. The person addicted to opioid drugs may know that they are experiencing physical problems, psychological problems, or persistent health disruptions as a result of an opioid but continue to use the substances despite knowing health problems are occurring.
  10. An individual may experience a tolerance to the opioid drug which creates a need to increase the amount used to get the desired effects from the opioid substance. Others may notice that they are not getting the desired results of the drug even when they increase the amount of the drug to attempt to achieve intoxication.
  11. Withdrawal syndrome is common with opioid use disorders and disruptive to the individual using an opioid substance. In some cases, an individual will take a closely related substance to avoid experiencing the withdrawal syndrome or relieve the symptoms

Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome

Dysphoric mood Nausea or vomiting Muscle aches
Lacrimation or rhinorrhea Pupillary dilation Piloerection
Sweating Diarrhea Yawning
Fever Insomnia Anxiety or anxious feelings
Restlessness Achy Feelings Irritability
Increased sensitivity to pain Drug Seeking Behavior Cravings


Note: The presence of three or more of the above symptoms may present within minutes to several days after opioid drugs are discontinued. The speed and severity of the withdrawal process will depend on the half-life of the type of opioid being used.

An individual who is physiologically addicted to heroin may begin experiencing withdrawal symptoms within 6 to 12 hours after the last use of the drug. This is because Heroin is a short-acting opioid substance. For longer-acting opioid drugs, the withdrawal symptoms may take 2 to 4 days to present. Example: Methadone or buprenorphine are long-acting opioid drugs.

Opioid Use Disorders in Chronic & Treatable Illness

People who enter treatment for an Opioid Use Disorder can maintain freedom from Opioid Drugs. There are different severity levels of an opioid use disorder and treatment will involve corresponding medical detoxification protocols that are consistent with Mild, Moderate, or Severe opioid use disorders.

Someone who is considered to have a mild Opioid Use Disorder can progress to a Moderate or Severe Opioid Use Disorder without proper treatment. It is necessary for people with an Opioid addiction to get help as soon as they recognize that a problem exists. The treatment will require continuing care after the initial acute-care treatment needs are stabilized.

Opioid Use Disorder Goal of Treatment

The overall goal of Opioid Use Disorder Treatment is to provide someone with opioid addiction or opioid use disorder with the remission of their disorder to create a lasting recovery lifestyle. Since recovery is the process of change that takes place over time, an individual must learn all the different ways to remain in recovery and prevent a relapse from occurring with opioid drugs in the future.

In the treatment process, an individual will improve their health and wellness and learn and experience solutions to stay motivated in the recovery process. It is possible to live a self-directed life and anyone with an opioid use disorder can strive to reach their full potential in life.

Summer Sky Treatment Center

Summer Sky Treatment Center is a privately owned and operated Substance Use Disorder Treatment Facility located in Stephenville, Texas that has been helping people with opioid use disorders for over 37 years. We utilize all evidence-based practices and strategies to help people who have become addicted to Opioids.

We understand that every individual that we treat is unique and different and one treatment strategy may not work for one individual, but it may be the best fit for another individual. If you desire to get free from an Opioid Use Disorder or any other addictive substance, we can help you to recover.

You can contact our admissions department 24 hours a day 7 days a week to discuss available treatment options. We even arrange same-day admissions for those individuals that need immediate medical detoxification services. Our admissions department can be contacted to discuss treatment or arrange an admission at 1-888-857-8857.

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