Opioid Addiction: How To Find Help and Signs Of Abuse

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All of the information on this page has been reviewed and fact-checked by an addiction expert.

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and fact-checked by an addiction expert.

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The First Step is Admitting You Have a Problem

Taking the first step to look into help for opioid addiction is one of the most critical steps toward improving your life. 

All too often, people are paralyzed by fear and stigma, preventing them from seeking necessary help.

Admitting you have an opioid addiction can put a lot of pressure on yourself but is essential to start your journey to recovery.

However, it’s important to remember that this search cannot be done alone; seeking out professional assistance is the best way to ensure that recovering from opioid addiction can be done safely and successfully.

With the right information and guidance, you will be able to take control of your recovery journey and start your path toward healing and healthier habits.

Do I Have a Problem with Opioids?

If you think you or someone close to you might be struggling with addiction to opioids, several signs1 can help to determine if the use of opioids has become a problem.

These include difficulty reducing or controlling opioid use, building up a tolerance so that higher doses of opioids are needed for the same effect, losing interest in activities once enjoyed, neglecting personal responsibilities, continuing to use opioids despite adverse consequences, and experiencing withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.

If any of these signs sound familiar it is vital to reach out for help as soon as possible.

What Resources Are Available for Getting Help with Opioid Addiction?

Opioid addiction is a significant health crisis across the U.S., but there is still hope for individuals struggling to break free from opioid abuse.

From residential treatment centers that offer structured supervision 24/7 to outpatient services that provide personal guidance and recovery support, there is something for everyone seeking care.

Most centers provide a combination of interventions including individual counseling, group therapy, evidence-based treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, along with medical and psychiatric care.

These treatments help individuals develop skills for managing cravings and improving motivation and functioning. 

With an increasing variety of comprehensive addiction recovery services being made accessible every year, many options are available for those who wish to break free from opioid dependence.

Finding the right treatment center is crucial for success in recovery 

Finding the right opioid drug rehab is essential for providing support along your journey to long-term recovery.

A quality opioid addiction treatment center should offer evidence-based, personalized care that comes with a seamless and safe transition into recovery.

The right opioid drug rehab will empower you to succeed by guiding you through a supportive environment and implementing an individualized pain management plan that fits your particular needs while addressing any underlying psychological issues associated with addiction.

An effective opioid rehab program will provide you with one-on-one counseling sessions, group therapy, aftercare planning services, relapse prevention, and other support services that are tailored to your personal circumstances.

Finding the appropriate opioid drug rehab for you can put you on the path toward lasting sobriety from opioids.

How long do I have to stay in opioid rehab?

Short rehab stays are often associated with a higher rate of relapse for those combating opioid addiction.

This is due to the fact that a short stay in rehab typically does not equip individuals with the tools and resources2 necessary to maintain long-term sobriety.

Those struggling with opioid abuse need enough time in treatment to develop the support network, coping skills, and tools necessary for post-treatment recovery.

As such, research3 shows programs that are longer-term are more beneficial for those looking to break free from addiction for good.

In addition, those seeking treatment should consider addiction treatment programs that offer continued care options after treatment has been completed such as counseling, alumni programs, and community activities.

Such continuing care can reduce or prevent relapse by providing individuals with guidance and emotional support as they journey into post-rehab life.

Be prepared for setbacks and know that it is possible to recover from addiction

Recovering from opioid addiction is a difficult journey, but it’s one that is possible to complete.

It won’t always be a smooth path because sometimes there will be setbacks along the way, but that doesn’t mean progress isn’t being made. 

A step backward still means you are moving closer to your goal of recovery – no matter how many times you have to start over.

And although it’s not easy, having support and getting professional help whenever necessary can help you stay determined and focused on your path to freedom.

Everyone deserves a second chance, so don’t ever give up on yourself or the possibility of overcoming the stigma of opioid addiction.

Reach out to family and friends for support during this time

Having family and friends to turn to for support is an essential element of treatment for opioid addiction.

With a strong support system, people in recovery can find the motivation and comfort they need to continue in their recovery journey.

Having loved ones who understand what you are going through makes it easier to remain on track since there are always moments of doubt that rehabilitation requires a person to face.

Building a network of support around yourself is also beneficial when undergoing therapy; having positive people around you encourages progress toward healthier habits and lifestyles as opposed to old patterns of behavior.

It’s important that both family and friends be dedicated to providing confidential, reliable advice while listening without judgment so that they can be relied upon during times of difficulty or stress. 

This kind of loving patience can make all the difference throughout the recovery process and beyond.

Get Help for Opioid Addiction at Cornerstone Healing Center

Our recovery program includes a variety of treatment options, such as individual and group counseling, and holistic therapies. 

We also offer comprehensive aftercare services to help you sustain your sobriety for the long term. 

Our goal is to provide compassionate care that helps you reclaim your life and pursue lasting recovery.

If you or someone you love is struggling with opioid addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. 

Cornerstone Healing Center has the support and resources you need to get on the path to recovery. Contact us today for more information about our treatment programs.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your recovery journey, call us today at (800) 643-2108. We are here to help you get started on the path to a healthier, happier life!


[1] Opioids: Recognizing the Signs

[2] Treatment and Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder: Challenges and Opportunities

[3] The Treatment of Addiction: What Can Research Offer Practice?

Published: 02/09/2023

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Susana is a recovery, mental health, and addiction education enthusiast with 8 years of experience in addiction recovery herself. Susana holds a Bachelor of Arts from the GCU College of Theology. She is anti-addiction stigma and believes accurate and factual information is essential to beginning the recovery process.
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Lionel, a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC) with over 4 years at Cornerstone. Passionate about helping those with addiction, he has trained as an EMDR therapist  adopting a trauma-informed approach to treat the underlying issues of addiction, providing an empathetic approach to addiction.

Articles written prior to August 2023 were also clinically reviewed by Karen Williams, LPC 

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