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Opioid Addiction

At Compassion Behavioral Health, we offer a number of effective treatments for those who are addicted to opioids. Our goal is to help you transition into recovery, or a healthy lifestyle, free of addiction.

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Opioids refer to drugs that are naturally found in the opium poppy plant. They may be prescription medications known as painkillers or street drugs, like heroin. The most commonly used opioids are OxyContin and Vicodin, fentanyl, and heroin.

When used correctly and as prescribed, opioids are safe. But when people misuse them or use them illegally to get a high or temporary yet powerful sense of well-being, they can become addicted. 

Opioid addiction often leads to serious health consequences such as fewer endorphins in the brain, damage to the brain, heart, and other vital organs, muscle cramping or weakness, and an increased risk of overdose. 

At Compassion Behavioral Health, we offer a number of effective treatments for those who are addicted to opioids. Our goal is to help you transition into recovery, or a healthy lifestyle, free of addiction.

Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

The most common signs and symptoms of opioid addiction include:

  • Constricted pupils 
  • Cool, clammy skin
  • Physical agitation
  • Poor decision making
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Poor hygiene 
  • Eating more or less than usual
  • Sleeping at strange hours
  • Decreased libido 
  • Legal issues
  • Financial hardship
  • Stealing money or medications


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Causes and Risk Factors of Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction can occur as a result of several genetic, psychological, and environmental factors. The most common causes and risk factors for opioid addiction are:

  • Genetics and a family history of substance abuse
  • Risk-taking or thrill-seeking behavior
  • Legal or criminal issues
  • Poverty
  • Unemployment 
  • Mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety
  • Excessive tobacco use
  • Stressful situations
  • Frequent contact with high-risk people

Our Therapies for Opioid Addiction

Treatment for opioid addiction varies from person to person.  At Compassion Behavioral Health, we’ll determine the best combination of treatments for each patient’s specific lifestyle and needs. We offer a number of safe, proven therapies such as:

We also treat patients who are facing both opioid addiction and mental health disorders. Between our Substance Abuse Treatment Program and Mental Health Treatment Program, we can effectively treat both disorders at once.


Opioid FAQ

The length of time opioids stay in your system varies based on several factors, including the type of opioid and dosage consumed, as well as individual body chemistry. Generally speaking, short-acting opioids like oxycodone and hydrocodone can be detected for up to two days after the last use; however, long-acting opioids such as methadone, buprenorphine, and fentanyl can stay in the system for up to five days after the last use. It is important to note that while most opioids are detectable in blood tests for up to two days, they are detectable in urine tests for much longer, as long as a month after the last use.
Opioids are highly addictive substances because they activate areas of the brain associated with reward and pleasure. When someone takes an opioid, it activates certain receptors in their brain, which causes a surge of dopamine to be released throughout the body. This surge creates feelings of euphoria that can become habit-forming over time. As a person continues to take opioids, their body builds up a tolerance to the drug, which means they need to take increasingly higher doses in order to achieve the same effect. This can easily lead to physical opioid dependence and addiction.
The length of time it takes to detox from opioids varies depending on the severity of addiction and individual body chemistry. In general, however, most people can expect to experience withdrawal symptoms for up to one week after the last use. During this time, individuals may experience a range of physical and psychological symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, sleeping problems, anxiety, depression, and intense cravings. Detoxing from opioids can be a difficult process, so it is important to have the right support system in place to ensure the best possible outcome. It is also recommended that individuals undergoing opioid detox seek professional help in order to safely manage withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapse.
The most effective treatment for opioid addiction is a combination of medication-assisted therapy (MAT) and psychotherapy. MAT involves the use of medications such as buprenorphine, naltrexone, or methadone in order to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It is important to note that MAT alone is not enough to treat opioid addiction and should be supplemented with psychotherapy in order to address the underlying psychological causes of addiction. During psychotherapy, individuals can learn coping strategies and behavior modification techniques which can help them cope with their cravings and reduce their risk of relapse.

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