content top

Opium Addiction Recovery

Symptoms of Opium Overdose

Opium addiction recoveryBecause of its affect on the central nervous system and the digestive system, opium overdose has some particularly dangerous side effects. Though not an exhaustive list, the following are some of the possible symptoms associated with opium overdose:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Clamminess
  • Seizures (more likely to occur in children)
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Restlessness
  • Inability to stay alert
  • Hypotension
  • Constricted pupils
  • Unconsciousness/coma

Opium Addiction and the Need for Rehab

Recovery from opium addiction requires serious effort on the part of the addict, but also from drug addiction specialists to guide addicts through the initial steps of sobriety and on to behavioral changes and life skills that make long-term recovery a possibility. A rehab center experienced in opium addiction and accredited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is probably the best way to jumpstart long-term recovery.

How to Choose Opium Treatment Options

Withdrawing “cold turkey” from opium is a painful process and not recommended. Detox should never be undertaken alone because of the potential for dangerous, perhaps deadly, complications. The best choice for opium withdrawal and recovery is in a treatment center where medical personnel can prescribe drugs, like Suboxone or Subutex, to help reduce the painful effects of withdrawal while monitoring potentially dangerous conditions sometimes associated with opium withdrawal.

What Happens in Opium Rehab?

Beginning with medically supervised detox, opium addicts get clean first so that the effects of rehab might become a conscious choice and not a drug-induced one. It is important with any addiction recovery that the individual be as involved as possible in determining treatment strategies and “owning” the effort required of recovery. While some responsibilities fall solely on the individual’s shoulders, there is a team approach, too, where the addiction specialist or medical personnel guide the person through recovery in a structured and supportive environment tailored on their particular needs.

The first few days of rehab will involve medically-supervised detox if the person hasn’t already endured withdrawal. Once the person is off of the drug, structured programming will come into play. For 12 hours or more, usually between 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., addicts attend individual counseling, group therapy, meals with other recovering addicts, snacks, 12-step program meetings, exercise, positive leisure and creative experiences, and educational workshops dealing with addiction.

In some rehab centers, there is a chaplain available, as well as regular worship, providing a faith-based approach to recovery apart from 12-Step work.

Meditation and journaling may be encouraged as another recovery tool.

Planned field trips may occur as the individual moves closer towards outpatient status—a practice run, if you will, for when they are released.

Family members are likely to have visitation on the weekends so that they can experience 12-step program meetings for family members relating to their loved ones’ addiction, as well as educational workshops or films informing them of the disease of addiction.

Outpatient care usually lasting about a year after the individual is released from rehab, and often referred to as aftercare, provides a continuum of care and support from friendships formed during the rehab treatment.

Need Help Finding Opium Addiction Treatment?

Are you struggling with an addiction to opium? Our helpline is operated 24 hours a day and our phone number is toll-free. We want to help you find treatment solutions. Call us today to begin reclaiming your life.