What is Opioid Use Disorder?

The opioid crisis has been increasing every year and it doesn’t look like it will slow down any time soon. Opioids are a class of drugs that are naturally occurring in the poppy plant and are used for the relief of pain. Opioids can range from prescription medications like OxyContin, Vicodin, and Fentanyl to illegal forms such as heroin.

The misuse of opioids has become and full-blown epidemic in the US. According to information published by HHS, over 130 people die every day from an opioid-related overdose and 2 million people had an opioid use disorder in 2018 alone.

What is Opioid Use Disorder?

What is an Opioid Addiction?

Opioid use disorder, also called opioid abuse, dependence, or addiction involves the misuse of prescription and illicit opioid-based drugs. Opioid use disorder is a chronic disease that often involves relapses and is associated with a very high rate of morbidity and mortality. It is a medical condition that is defined by a person not being able to refrain from abusing opioids and any behaviors that are centered around that opioid use.

A person will be both physically and even psychologically dependent on the opioid and they will experience intense periods of cravings and withdrawal symptoms. If you or someone you love think you might have an opioid use disorder, there are some common signs that you should look out for to determine if help is needed. They include:

  • Inability to control opioid use and continued use despite negative consequences
  • Uncontrollable cravings
  • Weight loss
  • Changes in sleep habits and drowsiness
  • Flue like symptoms caused by withdrawal
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Stealing from friends, family, or work to fuel their habit
  • Financial difficulties
  • Lack of motivation or enjoyment from things the once did
  • Problems fulfilling responsibilities

What Does Opioid Use Disorder Mean?

Opioids use disorder does have similarities to other substance abuse disorders but is also unique in many ways. Opioids abuse can lead to physical dependence in a very short period, as little as 2 weeks. With chronic users, stopping abruptly will result in severe withdrawal symptoms such as general pain, cramps, chills, diarrhea and vomiting, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and extreme craving. Due to the symptoms of withdrawal and the severity of those symptoms, it is often a motivator to continue using to prevent withdrawal even if the person wants to stop.

Effects of Opioid Abuse on Your Body

Opioid use and abuse can damage both your body and your mind and the effects it has can begin very quickly and cause you to deteriorate very rapidly. It can take months or even years to fully recover from the damage those opioids do to you, some outcomes are even chronic.

The best and safest option to getting off of and stay off opioids is by the use of one of the many treatment programs we offer at Garden State Treatment Center. We offer many different treatment programs that provide therapeutic education and guidance for each individual to help them safely reintegrate into society. With the help of our team of therapists, we offer one on one, group therapy, as well as many other specialized options to fit each person’s needs. Opioid use disorder treatment requires a multi-layered approach for maximum success. We want to make sure you have the tools you need to avoid relapse in the real world.

Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

If opioid addiction is left untreated, the chances of fatality continuously increase. If you or someone you love has been struggling with opioid addiction, please feel free to give us a call today. We will discuss treatment options, and do our best to point you in the right direction. Now is the time to turn your life around. Let Garden State Treatment Center help you do it.