“Not all Opioid Rehabs are the same”
Getting over an opioid addiction isn’t easy, of course, nothing good in life ever is. And, those who have recovered all agree on one thing; life without opioids is much better, aka; good. Why is opioid dependency so hard to get over? It’s simple. It’s because of how the opioids interact with your brain and body which can easily lead to dependency.
You see, opiates bind to certain receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and other parts of the body. Opiates do this by cloaking as the body’s natural pain-relieving chemicals. The opiates can also bring forth feelings of pleasure. When you take these drugs, your body will eventually become more tolerant, so you need more to relive the pain. The more you take the more dependent you become.
Eventually, these drugs impair your brain from making dopamine without opioids. Meanwhile, the opioids are destroying neurotransmitters and receptors which allow you to feel pleasure. Perhaps, you can see why it is so hard to stop taking opioids once you become addicted (cite: 1).
Your body and mind are demanding them to alleviate pain and allow for pleasure or even normalcy, however the more you take the more damage you are doing. If you don’t take more you have terrible uncontrollable withdrawal symptoms and if you do, you are led further down the path to destruction of your brain, body, and life experience.
The Difficulty in Treating Opioid Dependency
Not all rehab centers, residential treatment centers, or drug addiction clinics are the same. Not all addictions are the same. Thus, all addiction treatment programs should not be the same either. One-size-fits-all strategies just won’t work. The dependency treatment programs that treat all patients the same, administering the same treatment have extremely low success rates.
It’s not fair to the patients, their families, the insurance companies, or society as a whole. It’s the wrong way to address this serious situation. Opioid addiction has become a national emergency and a crisis of epic proportions here in the United States (cite 2).
The best way to treat opioid dependency is by assessing each person’s situation and developing a personalized and customized treatment program.
1.) Book; “Drugs, the Brain, and Behavior: The Pharmacology of Abuse and Dependence,” by J. Brick and C.K. Erickson, Haworth Press, Binghampton, NY, 1998, 194 pages, ISBN: 0-7890-0274-4.
2.) White House website article; “President Donald J. Trump Is Fighting to End the Opioid Crisis That Has Devastated Too Many American Communities,” published online April 24, 2019.