Opioid Addiction has been one of the fastest-growing substance addictions within the past few years. The appeal of opioids includes pain-killing and relaxing effects that come from prescribed medications or other narcotics. Opioids are highly addictive with dangerous, and potentially fatal, long-term problems. The Addiction Specialists of LifeWorks NW have been providing exceptional support to those experiencing opioid addiction throughout the Portland Oregon area for many decades. We have 13 locations that provide services across the lifespan throughout Clackamas County, Multnomah County and Washington County.
What are Opioids?
Several prescription medications and street drugs get categorized as opioids. The most common opioids include:
Opioids vs Opiates
The difference between opioids and opiates is categorization. The term opioid is the generic term for both a naturally formed or synthetically made drug that produces the same side effects as an opiate. Opiate refers to the naturally sourced substance found within the poppy plant.
Despite these differences, both types of substances present the same dangers of addiction.
Signs of Opioid Use
Consistent use of opioids over time can produce both physical and psychological symptoms that can interfere with day-to-day life and worsen over time. Typical short-term effects of opioid abuse include:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Slurred speech
- Irregular sleep habits
- Lack of hygiene
- Decreased interest in hobbies, activities
- Low performance at work or school
- Isolation from close relationships
- Financial troubles
If you, or someone you know exhibits the symptoms noted above, please seek help and assistance from professionals. The LifeWorks NW team fully understands the difficulty and fear of seeking help for opioid addiction. In addition to addiction specialists, we also have those who have previously experienced addiction for more personal support. For more information, or to get your questions answered, please contact LifeWorks NW today.
Long-Term Effects of Opioid Addiction
In addition to the formulation of dependency, the serious, long-term effects of opioid use include:
- Muscle Pain, cramps and spasms
Opioid substances also affect the area of the brain responsible for breathing which is why opioid overdoses are often fatal. The earlier that help is received, the less likely overdose will occur.
LifeWorks NW provides support and treatment services, along with prevention and education services, to lessen the chances of addiction and overdose.
Chemical dependency manifests a challenging obstacle of withdrawal to those who are attempting to reach sobriety. Because opioids and opiates are often used as painkillers, withdrawal can be difficult, uncomfortable and painful. Other opioid withdrawal symptoms can include:
- Cold flashes
- Trembling and shakiness
Opioid Addiction Treatment
Successful treatment of opioid treatment will often include detox, therapy or counseling, rehab, and other long-term solutions. Detox will be the first step to safely remove the chemicals from your body. As mentioned above, withdrawal can be dangerous if not monitored by professionals. Furthermore, a medical team can help alleviate symptoms to make withdrawal less painful. After detox, the next steps may include:
- Therapy or Counseling: Therapy can be highly effective in understanding the different factors that resulted in addiction, what feelings the opioids can help with, and how to deal with difficult situations without using them. Family therapy can also be helpful to educate and empower family members to fully support the individual coping with addiction.
- Support Groups: Members are people also working to overcome addictions and group leaders can offer advice and help throughout the recovery journey.
- Residential Recovery Services for Women with Children.
- DUI Support.
If you or a loved one is currently struggling with opioid addiction, the LifeWorks NW team wants to offer help. In addition to our treatment programs, we offer support groups that consist of people who have experienced addiction. To get more information or to discuss our services, please feel free to contact us today.