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When you’re dealing with a medical disorder like opioid dependence – a challenging condition that can happen to anyone – you don’t have to struggle alone. Help is available. That’s why we’re here; to help you turn things around when you may not be sure where to turn next for help. At TurnToHelp.com you’ll find information and support about how treatment can help you overcome opioid dependence and why it’s so important.

There is help.

Many people have faced opioid dependence. They have been treated and are continuing to manage this chronic medical condition. It’s important to know that they started where you are now – learning how treatment could help and by answering a few simple questions using the Drug Abuse Screening Test (DAST). The DAST is a screening tool used by many physicians to help recognize if you have any of the signs and symptoms of opioid dependence. With the results of your DAST you can begin a conversation with your doctor and together, decide on your next steps.

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WHY OPIOID DEPENDENCE NEEDS TREATMENT

Although opioid dependence is a very personal experience, there are aspects of the condition people may need help managing. Why? The fact is, opioid dependence – or addiction to opioid prescription painkillers such as OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Percocet®, Actiq®, or to heroin – can reset the brain’s chemistry, so you think the drug is necessary for survival. When your brain tells you that you can’t live without a drug, it can lead people to engage in behaviors that they would not previously do.

Effective treatments for opioid dependence address not only brain chemistry but also these behavioral changes. Very similar to the treatment of other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure, treating opioid dependence can involve medication-assisted treatment, counseling, in-patient treatment programs, and/or 12-step programs to help promote lifelong goals in managing this disease.

The primary goals of all treatments for opioid dependence are to help you:

  • Stop opioid misuse
  • Identify harmful behaviors and learn to apply new healthy ones
  • Get back to the people, places, and things that are important to you
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How treatment can make a difference

A lifelong difference.

Opioid dependence can have a serious impact on every part of your life – from your daily routine to your closest relationships. Treatment can make a life-long difference to help manage your dependence by enabling you to suppress withdrawal symptoms, stop opioid use, and get back to the people and activities that are important to you in your life.

Support. You don’t have to go it alone.

With most medical conditions, seeking help is the natural next step to getting better after being diagnosed. For chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or asthma, there are aspects of the disease (physical and behavioral) that few people could conquer through willpower alone without a doctor’s or other healthcare professional's guidance. With a medical condition like opioid dependence, the need to satisfy cravings or avoid withdrawal symptoms can be so intense that even when people want to stop taking opioids, they find it difficult without help. That’s why treatment is so important. And with it, opioid dependence can be managed.

Treatment designed just for you.

As a real medical condition, opioid dependence has a high risk of relapse similar to other chronic diseases. Treatment and counseling can help manage this risk. Plus, because everyone is different, a treatment plan can be tailored to your individual needs to help with your individual goals.

You have options.

The wide variety of treatment options available today means you can choose the one that best fits your life and needs. Some people overcoming opioid dependence find that private rehab centers or medically supervised clinics provide the support they need, while others prefer the flexibility, privacy, and confidentiality of treatment in the privacy of a doctor’s office similar to how other chronic medical conditions are treated. Depending on the individual’s needs, not having to attend daily visits can help one maintain a more normal daily routine with less interruption – an option many people favor throughout treatment.

“Recovery from opioid dependence takes time, and each individual is different

FAQS: How Treatment Can Help

What can make a personal treatment program or plan more successful?

According to the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment for substance abuse is typically more effective when:

  • You remain in treatment for an adequate period of time.
  • You engage in counseling and other behavioral therapies. Like people with diabetes or heart disease, people in treatment for opioid dependence also need to change their behavior to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
  • You find a counselor or therapist with whom you can develop a strong therapeutic relationship as you fight addiction.
  • You engage in services that can help you take care of the different aspects of your life that are all affected by substance abuse. For instance, if you have another medical or psychological condition, you receive treatment for that as well. It could also mean that you receive help with employment or housing, if needed.
  • You and your family understand that substance abuse or opioid dependence is a chronic illness and not something that just goes away after a brief period of rehab or treatment.
  • Your support network is involved in your recovery, from friends and family to addiction support groups.
  • Your treatment providers work closely with each other, communicating clearly and coordinating their efforts to help you overcome substance abuse.
  • Your progress is objectively monitored by your treatment providers, through the use of urine drug tests and check-ups to confirm your progress toward recovery.
Can medications help treat my opioid prescription painkiller or heroin addiction?

Whether or not to get a specific medical treatment for opioid dependence is a decision each person needs to make with his or her doctor. For many people though, medication along with counseling or other psychosocial support can be an important part of managing both the short-term and long-term effects of dependence on opioid prescription painkillers or heroin.

Using medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence is much like using medication for other chronic illnesses, such as asthma, high blood pressure, and heart disease to improve the health and well-being of the individual.

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Are medication-assisted treatment options available for opioid dependence?

Yes. Opioid dependence can be treated effectively with medication-assisted treatment combined with counseling or other psychosocial support.

Some patients dealing with opioid dependence travel to a clinic each day to take their medication, often under supervision. Treatment without the need for daily visits may also be available in a doctor's office.

Interested in finding treatment options that suit your needs? Learn about help that’s right for you now.