Gay Men’s Institute specializes in opioid addiction treatment and prescription pill treatment at our beautiful, private facility in Palm Springs, CA.
Opioids as Pain Relievers
There are a variety of prescription pain relievers that are abused. Waiting to hit rock bottom is too late with opioid abuse, as overdose is often the result.
Prescription opioids currently identified with potential for abuse:
- Fentanyl – Actiq
- Hydrocodone – Vicodin, Norco, Zohydro
- Hydromorphone – Dilaudid
- Meperidine – Demerol
- Methadone – Dolophine, Methadose
- Morphine – Duramorph, MS Contin
- Oxycodone – OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet
- Oxymorphone – Opana
Opioids Effect on Body & Health
Prescription opioids can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, or injected, and each method has short and long-term effects on multiple parts of your body, including:
- Gastric System – Nausea, constipation
- Respiratory System – Slowed breathing
- Circulatory System – Collapsed veins, potential for HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases when injected
Accidental misuse because of multiple prescriptions in older adults can lead to drug interactions and overdose due to slower breakdown by the body.
When used with alcohol, a dangerous lowering of heart rate, depressed breathing, coma, and potential death is possible.
Opioids Treatment Overview
Our treatment teams use evidence-based treatment, including:
- Contingency management
- Motivational incentives
- 12-Step programs
Medical detox in Opioid Recovery
Short-acting withdrawal side effects start approximately 6 to 12 hours after your last use. Long-acting withdrawal side effects start approximately 30 hours after your last use. The severity of your side effects is dependent on multiple factors, including:
- Type of opioids abused (short-acting vs long-acting)
- Length and amount of opioids consumed
- Medical history
- Co-occurring disorders
- Past and current Trauma
During this first stage of detox, most patients will experience mild to moderate symptoms, including:
- Uncontrollable tearing up
- Body aches
- Runny nose
- High blood pressure
- Elevated heart rate
In days 3 through 7 you may start to experience these additional symptoms:
- Abdominal cramping
- Increased cravings
Our treatment team is here to monitor and assist with these symptoms as you go through opioid addiction treatment or prescription pills addiction treatment. There are three FDA approved medications for helping opioid withdrawal:
- Methadone: Changes how the brain responds to pain. Reduces symptoms.
- Buprenorphine: Clinical opioid agonist. Produces weak reward.
- Naltrexone: Reduces cravings and prevents rewards.
After about a week, evidence-based treatment is the best way to maintain your recovery.
Why Residential Treatment is Important in Opioid Addiction
The symptoms of opioid addiction withdrawal are intense, and the side effects of withdrawal may be life-threatening. Quitting cold-turkey, without support, can be dangerous, and rarely results in extended success. Our treatment team is here to help with support and proven treatments.
Our clinically proven treatments are designed to help you with through extended withdrawal. Learn more about your disease, develop new habits, and surround yourself with support while you work towards a life of recovery.