Opioid Addiction Treatment
It is no exaggeration to say that opioid addiction in the state of Tennessee has reached crisis levels. In 2015, more than 7.8 million opioid prescriptions were written in the state of Tennessee. That’s 1.2 million prescriptions more than the number of people in Tennessee (as of 2015, an estimated 6.6 million people called Tennessee home). The widespread and surging use of opioids led the Tennessee State Legislature to form the Opioid Task Force with the specific aim of ending opioid use in Tennessee. These facts illustrate the incredible need for effective opioid addiction treatment. Freeman Recovery Center in Dickson, TN near Nashville offers men and women the means to overcome drug abuse.
What are opioids?
Opioids include prescription medications such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and Percocet, as well as drugs derived from these prescriptions like heroin. These highly addictive substances not only risk devastating addiction, but also come with a high risk of overdose. That risk increases with every use.
What do opioids do to the body?
Opioids attach to proteins called opioid receptors. These receptors live in the nerve cells of organs such as the brain and in the spinal cord. Opioids, when used in a safe and medically sound manner (such as for a short while after surgery) provide relief to patients in pain, but for too many individuals, opioids become an addiction and a means of achieving euphoric sensations. Users may snort or inject the drug to achieve euphoria, but risk respiratory arrest, coma, addiction, and overdose. The use of opioids stops the body from producing endogenous opioids, leading to addiction and a need to eliminate painful withdrawal symptoms.
Opioid use in pregnancy can cause newborns to suffer neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS causes the baby to suffer an addiction to opioids starting in the womb. Since 2000, cases of NAS in the United States have increased by 300%.
John Hopkins School of Public Health conducted a study which in 2015 found that 4 out of every 5 people suffering opioid addiction did not seek treatment. At Freeman Recovery Center, we help men and women overcome drug abuse through effective opioid addiction treatment. Treatment is tailored to the unique needs of each visitor, addressing not only the medical and physical requirements of detox, but also giving individuals tools such as alternative pain management, counseling, individual and group therapy.
If you or a loved one are battling opioid abuse, no matter what stage of recovery you find yourself in, we are here to help. Call us today to learn more about our residential drug treatment facilities and programs in Dickson, TN