Opioids

Opioid dependence may begin innocently enough. A post-operative prescription may lead to a second prescription and then one after that. In seeking pain relief, individuals may get caught in the grip of opioids and either the high or the numbing effects they bring. Our brains are primed to produce endogenous opioids but the ones we purchase, whether legally or illegally, interfere with normal healing processes and can create a complex web of problems over time. Whether synthetic or natural in origin, opioids produce tolerance, dependence, and – for some – a physical and psychological compulsion to continue their use despite a multitude of negative consequences.

Everyone knows someone who has fallen victim to the opioid epidemic. Whether a person seeks out heroin for its infamous “high” or comes upon it after running out of pain medications and discovering that it costs far less “on the street” than a pain pill, the risks of using heroin – especially when it may be cut with fentanyl – are deadly. We are in a crisis of spiraling health-care costs, loss of productivity, and most importantly, lives lost.

At UR, we don’t ask our clients to go “cold-turkey.” Rather, we support a medically-supervised tapering process with appropriate medications, guided by current best practices. Our Medical Director and nursing staff focus on making our clients as safe and comfortable as possible during the stabilization phase, and decisions about next steps will be discussed with each client in a thorough and compassionate fashion.  UR approaches treatment on an individual basis. We prefer abstinence but understand the medication assisted treatment (MAT) benefits to certain individuals.

We don’t believe in cookie-cutter treatments and our highly individualized treatment plans consider all possible roads to recovery. Opioid abuse is an individual problem, a community problem, and a societal problem. At UR, we know everyone is impacted by the opioid epidemic, and we are dedicated to doing everything we can to treat the root causes rather than the symptoms.

Because those that use opioids often relapse, stabilization must be followed by a solid therapeutic program of education, skills training, and insight and behavioral change. Our clinicians are here to facilitate active coping skills for distress tolerance, relapse prevention, and to provide a comprehensive treatment plan for post-discharge support in your community.

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