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Opioid Addiction Treatment & Rehab

There are several different opioid addiction treatment options, but not all are appropriate for everyone. Here’s how to find the right one for you.

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What Are Opioids?

Opioid is a term used to classify a group of drugs with a particular molecular makeup that makes them ideal for treating symptoms of pain. Although the term “opioid” only originally referred to synthetically made painkillers, or narcotics, such as Fentanyl and Oxycontin, it has more recently come to refer to both naturally and synthetically made medications with this similar molecular composition. However, “opiate” is another term that is still used to refer to naturally occurring opioids derived from opium. Natural opioid includes morphine, codeine, and heroin.

Substances classified as opioids have several common characteristics in addition to their chemical composition. This includes the way in which they interact with receptors in the brain, causing an altered perception of pain and a sedative effect. Additionally, all opioid medications are addictive to some degree.


Identifying Opioid Addiction

To treat opioid addiction, someone must first recognize that there is a problem. Although it is ideal for the individual struggling to seek treatment on their own, it could be a friend, family member, or even a co-worker who recognizes the problem and starts the process of getting help. Identifying an opioid addiction may be difficult at the beginning, but several signs may present themselves as opioid addiction progresses. 

 Signs of Opioid Addiction

If you believe a family member or a loved one is opioid-dependent, learning the signs of opioid addiction can help you prevent an opioid overdose. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations lists the most common signs of opioid abuse as:

  • Noticing a dosage increase overtime
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they cannot meet their dosage
  • Overusing opioid prescriptions or engaging in doctor shopping behaviors
  • Sudden lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities
  • Continued use of opioids, alcohol, and other drugs despite negative consequences
  • Obsessive thoughts about getting and using drugs
  • Unsuccessful attempts to quit
  • Drug paraphernalia in the bedroom, car, and office
  • Unexpected mood swings
  • Hidden track marks

How Opioid Addiction Is Treated

The first step to treating opioid addiction is the step mentioned above, identifying the problem. Next, the individual and their loved ones need to develop a treatment program. This plan can be developed with the help of an addiction treatment facility like Lighthouse Recovery Institute. Substance use disorders are best treated with a combination of behavioral therapies and other evidence-based modalities recommended for the treatment of opioid drug abuse. 


Opioid Detox

Within hours of discontinuing opioid use, withdrawal symptoms will likely present. Opioid detox programs provide a safe and secure space where withdrawal symptoms can be actively managed. Attending an opioid detox program can also reduce the relapse rate in these first days of recovery and prevent withdrawal overdose.  


Medication-Assisted Treatment

Opioid addiction often causes severe withdrawal symptoms that can make the detox process challenging. The medication-assisted treatment provides patients safe and monitored access to opioid treatment medications like methadone or buprenorphine to ease withdrawal symptoms, detox side effects, and drug cravings.


Prescription Medication Addiction

Inpatient & Outpatient Treatment

Following detox, the next step in the recovery plan will likely include inpatient opioid addiction treatment or a high level of outpatient care. Ask us about partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient treatment at Lighthouse. After completing these higher levels of care, less intensive outpatient treatment is likely to be continued for several months as a part of an aftercare program.

At this level of care, the focus remains on promoting a healthy lifestyle by teaching patients how to focus on healthcare and maintain their newfound sobriety. 

Types of Opioids

There are many different opioids. As mentioned above, some are naturally occurring chemical compounds, and others are synthetically made. Other than how they are made, the main differences between these substances are how strong they are. For instance, heroin is more potent than morphine, and fentanyl is more potent than heroin. 


Fentanyl is a prescription opioid painkiller. The drug is so potent that doctors use it for patients who have fatal cancer. It is available as a transdermal patch and oral and injectable formulations, making the drug very easy to use. Learn more.


Heroin is one of the leading contributors to the opiate epidemic. Heroin can be ingested in three ways, injecting, smoking, or snorting. The “high” from heroin will last a short amount of time, making the user need more drugs. Learn more.


Methadone is a drug that is often used to ease the severity of drug withdrawal symptoms that occur during the detoxification process. Methadone assistances people addicted to other drugs experience a reduction in withdrawal symptoms. The drug has the potential to become highly addictive. Learn more.


OxyContin is the prescription version of an opioid narcotic pain medicine called oxycodone. This opioid is used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. There is a high level of alarm about OxyContin abuse and addiction among teens and young adults. Learn more. 


Pharmaceutical opiates are a severe threat to public health. Since doctors prescribe prescription drugs such as Percocet, many believe that they are safer and less harmful than illicit drugs or “street drugs.” The associated risk of overdose, respiratory depression, and accidental death is as high as heroin. Learn more.


Suboxone is used to treat opioid addiction. It is called a partial opioid agonist because it binds to the same brain receptors as opioids but is not an opioid itself. Just as with every other form of Suboxone, Suboxone strips are prescribed to treat opioid dependence. Learn more.


Tramadol is a synthetic opioid pain reliever prescribed in pill or capsule form to manage moderate to severe pain. Patients have greater trust in Tramadol than other opioids, but this medication can be highly addictive. Learn more. 


Dilaudid is a prescription opiate medication, in the same class as OxyContin and Percocet, commonly prescribed to treat severe pain. Learn more.

Talk to an Admission Specialist

At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we want our patients to feel comfortable in their environment to remain focused on what is truly important, their recovery. We’re here to answer any questions you might have about the risks of drug abuse and to learn more about alcohol or drugs addiction treatment.

About Lighthouse Recovery Institute Drug and Alcohol Rehab

About Lighthouse Recovery Institute Drug and Alcohol Rehab

For those ready to enter drug rehab or alcohol rehab, coming to Lighthouse Recovery Institute can turn lives around. Patients from all over the country have found the calm and peaceful setting that Florida offers to help them during recovery will readily attest to the usefulness of taking the trip. 

Lighthouse Recovery Institute provides inpatient and outpatient programs, counseling, therapy, and additional resources such as teaching sober life skills. 

Don’t let addiction dominate your life for one more day. If you are unsure whether an inpatient or outpatient drug addiction program is best to choose, we encourage you to call now and speak to a staff member. We are a call away to help guide you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for drug rehab.

Learn More About Addiction Treatment

Are all programs the same?

No. Our addiction treatment programs are designed and personalized to match your individual needs and your addiction.

Is alcohol rehab the same?

No. While the structure might be similar, alcohol addiction affects the brain differently, and we follow specific therapies and treatment programs designed to help those with alcohol use disorder.

Is family involved in treatment?

If possible. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we believe family inclusion in treatment is critical for long-term recovery. Whenever possible, we’ll do our best to incorporate family members into the treatment process. We’ll also assist family members who might be challenging to cope with their loved ones being in rehab. People in recovery need the support of family and friends to make progress, so we often invite family members to form support groups during therapy. 

Do you use medications?

If needed. For specific addictions, a medication-assisted treatment program might be beneficial, particularly during the early recovery stages. Medications can help ease withdrawal symptoms, control cravings, and make the recovery process easier on those in treatment.

How long is the treatment?

It depends. Our rehab programs are personalized to address your needs. However, most of our programs range in the 60- to 90-day, with many choosing continuum care after leaving rehab. 

Is detox mandatory?

Most of our patients come to our rehab center after completing our drug and alcohol detox program. Someone must be no longer using substances to start a rehab program. Otherwise, withdrawal symptoms can interfere with treatment and make progress too challenging.

We are here to support you during your time of need and help you make the best decision for yourself or your loved one. Click below to speak to a member of our staff directly.