Christian Opiate Addiction
Addiction is an under recognized problem in our country and as the CDC confirms, the United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic (CDC, 2016). Some opioid users are unaware of their dependence to the substance, while others are using it to mask symptoms of a chronic pain condition or mental health illness. If you are struggling with an opioid addiction, you may feel alone, but you will find that there are people to help you through every step of the recovery process. Consider talking to one of our Christian treatment admissions counselors today at (844) 402-3605 for a confidential and free consultation. We are here to answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What is an Opiate?
You may be surprised that some of the very medicines that you are being prescribed contain these extremely risky opioid ingredients. The most common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths include methadone, Oxycodone (OxyContin), morphine, Fentanyl, and Hydrocodone (Vicodin). Although some of these medications are now being regulated, the addiction problem is still at large. In fact, opioids killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record. Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid (CDC, 2016).
Opiates can also be non-prescription, illicit substances such as heroin and opium are also opiates. Heroin popularity has skyrocketed in recent years due to its cheap price and availability compared to strong prescription opiates. Users of illicit opiates often start with prescription painkillers and only resort to heroin as their tolerance for opiates grow and the cost of their pain-pill addiction becomes unmanageable.
What is Opiate Addiction?
Opioid addiction often starts when someone is prescribed an opioid for pain relief. Opioid analgesics are commonly used for treating moderate to severe pain in some patients. Natural opioids, semi-synthetic opioids, methadone (a synthetic opioid), and some other synthetic opioids are commonly available by prescription. (CDC, 2015). The fact that these opiate drugs are so easy to obtain can make the addiction withdrawal and recovery process even more difficult. However, one of Road to Freedom's Christian counselors at (844) 402-3605 can help you get started on the path sobriety.
You may be wondering what behaviors exactly constitute prescription drug abuse or addiction. An addiction is usually characterized as:
- Developing a tolerance to the drug and increasing your dosage
- Taking your medication other than as prescribed
- Delusions and hallucinations
- An inability to sleep without the drug
- Feeling down and depressed when you cannot get it
- Spending great amounts of time figuring out how to get it
- Driving and working regularly under the influence of the drug
- Missing out on work and family obligations as a result of using
- Spending excessive money on the drug, especially money you do not have
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call a Road to Freedom counselor at (844) 402-3605 to learn about Christian treatment for opiate addiction. Their knowledge and experience can be just what you need to understand and recover from your opiate addiction.
How Opiate Treatment Can Help
Dealing with a substance or opioid addiction alone can be difficult and overwhelming. You may feel like you have lost your entire support system to your addiction, and withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to deal with without medical help. However, a treatment center staffed with medical professionals and Christian support gives you a better chance at recovery, with less pain and suffering. "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." [1 Corinthians 10:13] Christian treatment at Road to Freedom can provide you with the opiate withdrawal escape that you need in order to endure the recovery process.
Pharmaceuticals change the way the body functions. Once you stop using opioids, you may experience uncomfortable have physical and mental withdrawal symptoms, some of which are extremely dangerous to the body. Patients at Road to Freedom receive the physical, psychological and spiritual help they need to overcome their addiction. Our medically-supervised detox makes the opioid withdrawal process much safer and more bearable.
As the recovery process begins, participants may notice that they are able to feel more emotions. The doctors and therapists at Road to Freedom are trained and prepared to assist through this process. Not dealing with the psychological aspects of addiction can make it more difficult to successfully refrain from the opiate drugs in the future. In most cases, people will find that they are actually suffering from dual diagnoses and will require dual diagnosis treatment.
Our Opiate Rehab
Road to Freedom uses a variety of methods, activities and programs to give you the most effective results during your opiate treatment experience:
- Pastoral Counseling
- Bible study groups
- Biblically based 12-step meetings
- Individual clinical Christian counseling
- Peer recovery group support
- Holistic and physical therapies
- Recreational activities and exercise programs
- Life skills training and other preparations for life after treatment
- Family systems workshop
Prevent Co-Addictions During Recovery
Transferring addictions is possible during the recovery process, especially if the right treatment is not used. For example, someone who takes up eating as a way of dealing with the stress of the detox process can end up with an addiction to food. It is important to get to the root of the addiction through counseling, while also ensuring that no other co-addictions are formed. The addiction counselors at Road to Freedom will lead you in pastoral counseling, individual therapy, dual diagnosis treatment, weekly church services, and an intensive inpatient treatment process that will look at all aspects of your addiction, finding the best treatment plan for your specific case. “Arise, for it is your task and we are with you; be strong and do it.” (Ezra, 10:4)
Preventing Relapse After Treatment
Road to Freedom helps those struggling with addiction not only with the withdrawal and recovery process, but also in preventing relapse. The prevention of relapse requires establishing a new lifestyle. Interacting with the same people in the same way can lead a person to miss their old lifestyle and to continue down the same path. Developing a lifestyle more focused on God and Christianity can give you the strong base and support system you need to overcome your addiction. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." [2 Corinthians 5:17].
Our admissions counselors at (844) 402-3605 can help guide you in accepting the lord's help in finding a new, addiction-free lifestyle. This is accomplished with safe, medically supervised detox, a partial hospitalization program, Christian 12 step meetings, bible study, recreational activities and services, court liaison services, a peer recovery support system, life skills training courses, and family workshops. Speak to one of our admissions counselors at (844) 402-3605 to learn more about our Christian opiate addiction treatment programs.