RESOURCE AND RECOVERY
Opioid addiction treatment is readily available. Recovery is not easy but it is possible. Science is providing more evidence in how to successfully treat drug addictions and conclude that behavioral therapies are often an important part of treatment, especially when combined with medication.
Most recovering addicts also share that a strong community of supporters are essential to helping with recovery. For inspirational recovery stories, please view this video to hear firsthand how life will be better after recovery.
One important thing to remember is that shame should never be a factor in someone's decision to seek treatment. There is no shame in needing recovery - addiction is a disease and should be treated just like any other illness.
Like other addictions, opioid use disorder affects more than just the user and can put a serious strain on family relationships so it is recommended that family members and close friends attend meetings such as Al-Anon or Nar-Anon, as well.
There are three major options for opiate treatment including: detox, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy.
- Detox involves withdrawing from the drug at an inpatient facility. Medical staff oversees withdrawal and may prescribe medication such as Methadone, Vistaril, Clonidine, or buprenorphine.
- Rehab in either a residential program or on an outpatient therapy basis is the next step. Programs are typically 30 to 90 days and focus on activities that promote recovery, assist patients in uncovering triggers that led to addiction and teach effective coping skills. Evidence has shown that the longer a person remains in treatment, the better their chances are of long term recovery.
- For someone in recovery from opiate use disorder, a sober living facility provides a safe and supportive environment to build a sober life. Others may only need a peer support group such as Narcotics Anonymous.
For more information about drug addiction treatment visit Drugabuse.gov.
Below is a compilation of resources and website to assist in learning more about opioid Addiction and recovery programs.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMSHA ) has a free 24-hour confidential hotline for treatment referrals and support: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
The Veterans Crisis Line
confidential toll-free hot line directs vets and their loved ones to qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders: 1-800-273-8255, option 1.
The Partnership for Drug Free Kids
has a toll-free hot line (1-855-DRUGFREE) for parents seeking help for their children.
or Alcoholics Anonymous
provides continued support during and after a treatment program. Find a local chapter online.
Suicide & Depression Prevention Hotline, 1.800.273.TALK https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Crisis Text Line
Text "Go" to 741741
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