Today, opioid addiction comes in all shapes and sizes. While heroin use is still a concern, a surge of prescription drug abuse has fueled an opioid epidemic in the United States, hooking millions of people on painkillers given by friends, family members or doctors. With nearly 80 percent of those dependent on heroin reporting prior misuse of prescription drugs, opioid abuse in any form is an alarming problem that can quickly spiral out of control without professional help.

At the Detox Center of Colorado, we understand the seriousness of opioid addiction and the impact it has on those affected. That’s why we’re committed to helping men struggling with opioid use confront their addiction, with high-quality detox and transitional services designed to propel them into recovery. By creating a comfortable environment and connecting clients with solutions for lasting sobriety, our goal is to provide a safe space where they can recover, reflect and prepare for the journey ahead.

What are Opioids?

What are Opioids?

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What are Opioids?

Opioids are a group of drugs known for their pain-relieving effects, and are either derived naturally from the poppy plant or synthetically manufactured in a lab. This includes prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin and morphine, as well as illicit substances like heroin or opium. Although opioids vary in strength and potency, they all bind to opioid receptors in the brain to produce a strong, euphoric rush that is highly addictive. Opioids also slow breathing and can be fatal in high doses, making it a particularly dangerous drug. The most commonly abused opioids include:

  • Opium
  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • OxyContin, Percocet (oxycodone)
  • Vicodin, Lortab, Norco (hydrocodone)
  • Opana (oxymorphone)
  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone)

In the United States, rising prescription rates and opioid abuse has led to a startling increase in overdose-related deaths across the country. An influx of fentanyl and counterfeit pain pills have worsened the problem as more people turn to illicit opioids to satisfy their cravings, finding them to be cheaper, more potent and readily available.

Signs of Opioid Addiction

Signs of Opioid Addiction

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Signs of Opioid Addiction

Opioids are an addictive drug with a high degree of physical dependence. By altering the chemical balance within the brain, opioids are constantly needed for users to feel normal and avoid unpleasant withdrawal symptoms once addiction sets in, making them more dependent on the drug as time goes on. Due to these effects on the brain and body, frequent or long-term opioid use results in some noticeable signs and symptoms, which may include:

  • Seeming drowsy or disoriented
  • Frequently nodding off
  • Small, pinpoint pupils
  • Increased isolation from friends and family
  • Doctor shopping and other drug-seeking behavior
  • Track marks on the arms, legs or hands
  • Drug paraphernalia (pill bottles, needles, tinfoil, etc.)
  • Legal or financial problems
  • Loss of interest in work, school and hobbies
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Secretive or suspicious behavior
  • Going through prescriptions too quickly
  • Requesting early refills on pain medication
  • Noticeable withdrawal symptoms

If you suspect that you or someone you love has an opioid use disorder, don’t hesitate to reach out for help as soon as possible. Opioid addiction is difficult to overcome, but with the right care, recovery is possible. At the Detox Center of Colorado, our medically-supervised detox and transitional programs help clients get started on the right foot, with comprehensive care and next-step planning that sets the stage for deep and lasting recovery from opioid addiction.

Opioid Withdrawal and Detox

Opioid Withdrawal and Detox

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Opioid Withdrawal and Detox

Completing detox is the first step in healing from opioid addiction. The uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that arise when drug use is stopped or decreased is the biggest challenge faced by clients with an opioid use disorder, and the symptoms need to be expertly managed before recovery can truly begin. Although not typically dangerous, opioid withdrawal is extremely unpleasant and often described as “flu-like,” with a number of physical and psychological symptoms that include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Restless legs
  • Diarrhea
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches
  • Hot and cold flashes
  • Nausea
  • Excessive yawning
  • Hypertension
  • Drug cravings

At the Detox Center of Colorado, we offer medically-supervised detox in a comfortable setting to alleviate these symptoms and make the process as easy as possible. Our goal is to keep clients safe as opioids are eliminated from the body, so we provide round-the-clock care and detailed assessments to ensure an effective and successful experience. Although the length and severity of symptoms will vary, the process usually takes three to 10 days to complete. Once patients are stabilized, our team helps to identify the appropriate next steps and coordinate care plans for a smooth transition into the next phase of recovery.

Opioid Addiction Treatment at the Detox Center of Colorado

Opioid Addiction Treatment at the Detox Center of Colorado

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Opioid Addiction Treatment at the Detox Center of Colorado

At the Detox Center of Colorado, our clinical team includes high-level medical professionals, addiction specialists and a support staff with years of experience managing opioid-related withdrawal symptoms, trained in a number of therapeutic modalities designed to optimize recovery. This includes medication management, individual and group therapy, relapse prevention techniques, aftercare planning and more. We also have experience in treating individuals with behavioral, emotional and mental health problems and complement our approach with comprehensive assessments to determine the unique needs of each patient. Other aspects of our opioid treatment strategy include:

  • Medically-supervised detox
  • Transitional services
  • Medical and psychiatric assessments
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Client-centered approach
  • Expert withdrawal care
  • Support for medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Comfortable, home-like environment

Detox is an essential part of recovery, but it’s only the beginning. Before discharge, our team collaborates with patients and their families to figure out what comes next. There is no one right answer when it comes to addiction treatment, so we help clients weigh their options and make an informed decision based on their individual needs. Clients can transfer into our Transitional Residence Program after detox to further prepare for the road ahead or begin treatment at another facility — whatever they choose, our team is dedicated to helping each individual find the level of care that’s right for them.