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Treatment for Opium Addiction and Mood Disorders

Treatment for opium addiction and mood disordersBecause addiction is a chronic disease that involves neurological imbalances, mood disorders often result from heavy substance abuse. Severe opium addiction can create many mood disorders. Most rehab facilities have adaptable treatment methods to help those afflicted with both an addiction and one or more mood disorder.

Mood and Mental Health Disorders

Opium addicts may also suffer from the following mental health issues:

  • Major depression disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Phobia
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Sleep disorders

Signs of Mood Disorders

The following are signs that a mood disorder may be present:

  • Extreme sadness
  • Days of extreme highs and extreme lows
  • Isolation
  • Deteriorated relationships with work, friends or family
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Drastic weight loss
  • Mood swings
  • Personality changes
  • Lack of interest in once enjoyed activities
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety

Opium Detoxification

Opium detox may be done through gradual detox or substitution detox. Gradual Detox slowly weans the patient off opium by decreasing the dosage little by little. Medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and Nalatrexone are used to replace opium in substitution detox. Both forms of detox must be medically supervised for the safety of the patient and can help reduce the withdrawal symptoms which can increase the severity of mood disorders. This increase is known as protracted withdrawal symptoms.

Opium Treatment and Therapy Options

There are many options for opium addiction and mood disorder therapy. These options include the following:
• Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) – This is a form of treatment that addresses both the addiction to opium and the mood disorder or mental illness simultaneously. IDDT can also treat multiple mood disorders at once. Instead of dealing with one problem at a time you get to look at the bigger picture which encourages a full recovery from both the addiction and disorders.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Eventually any addiction will become habitual. Learning to change those habits will drastically lessen your likelihood for relapse. CBT also teaches patients to avoid and properly deal with environmental triggers that encourage opium abuse.
  • Motivational Therapy – As an extension of CBT that is similar to Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Motivational Therapy allows recovering addicts to see their addiction for the negative abuse problem it is. Patients are encouraged to change for the better.
  • Counseling – Many people begin or continue drug abuse as a part of some past trauma or even from a preexisting mood disorder. Group therapy and Private Counseling is invaluable. By addressing the root causes of addiction you can learn to prevent future relapses.

Each rehab center will have different procedures for aftercare, a necessary part of well-rounded treatment. Support groups are very good forms of aftercare and can continue to help the recovered addict long after primary treatment. Joining groups like Narcotics Anonymous can provide advice, encouragement, empathy and support.

Let Us Help You Overcome Opium Addiction and Mood Disorders

Don’t let mood disorders stop you from seeking treatment for an addiction. We have a completely toll-free helpline that you can call 24 hours a day. When you call, please ask about how your insurance may help cover the costs of your rehab treatment.