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Opioid Addiction Treatment in Beautiful Phuket

Opioid Addiction Treatment in Beautiful Phuket

The opioid epidemic in the United States is having tragic consequences and the effect is being felt all over the world. People with opioid addiction need specialised treatment because it’s almost impossible to stop on their own.

If you or a loved one are struggling with opioid dependence, it’s important to get help. You can’t do this alone and it takes a great deal of help and support to stop using opioids.

If you feel fearful at the prospect of opioid addiction treatment, be assured – it’s normal. At our opioid addiction rehab in Thailand, you will get time out from all your problems and the stresses of life so you’ll be able to focus on getting well.

Opioid addiction treatment in our luxury rehab in Thailand is an excellent choice to start your journey to freedom from opioid addiction in a safe and confidential environment.

At Miracles Asia, our highly qualified addiction specialists are dedicated to providing you with personalised and comprehensive treatment.

What are Opioids?

Opioids, sometimes called narcotics, are a type of drug. They include strong prescription pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and tramadol. The illegal drug heroin is also an opioid. Some opioids are made from the opium plant, and others are synthetic (man-made).

When you have a mild headache or muscle ache, an over-the-counter pain reliever is usually enough to make you feel better. But if your pain is more severe, your doctor might recommend something stronger – a prescription opioid.

Opioids are a type of narcotic pain medication. Opioid drugs bind to opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and other areas of the body. They tell your brain you’re not in pain.

The most common prescription opioids are:

  • hydrocodone (Vicodin®)
  • oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®)
  • oxymorphone (Opana®)
  • morphine (Kadian®, Avinza®)
  • codeine
  • fentanyl.

Side Effects of Opioids & Signs of Addiction

The effects of taking opioids with other drugs – including over-the-counter or prescribed medications – can be unpredictable and dangerous, and could cause:

  • Opioids + alcohol, cannabis or benzodiazepines: slow down breathing and brain activity, and increased risk of overdose.
  • Opioids + ice, speed or ecstasy: enormous strain on the heart and kidneys, and increased risk of overdose.

Make sure your doctor knows all of the other medicines you’re taking. That includes:

  • Prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter drugs
  • Herbal supplements
  • Opioids take a serious toll on your brain and body.

 

Long-term effects of opioid use include:

  • Death by accidental overdose
  • Respiratory depression, which can lead to hypoxia and resulting brain damage
  • Severe constipation and bloating
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Liver and kidney damage.

One of the reasons why your doctor needs to manage pain medications so closely is that they can cause side effects, such as:

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Constipation

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Drowsiness

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Nausea and vomiting

Generally speaking, people who use opioids may experience the following:

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Extreme relaxation

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Drowsiness and clumsiness

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Confusion, slurred speech,

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Slow breathing and heartbeat.

Opioids can be dangerous if you take them with alcohol, or with certain drugs such as:

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Some antidepressants and anxiety medications (particularly benzodiazepines such as alprazolam, ativan and clonazepam)

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Some antibiotics

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Sleeping pills

Health and safety

Use of opioids is likely to be more dangerous when:

  • taken in combination with alcohol or other drugs, in particular benzodiazepines, or other opiates as these can slow breathing and increase the risk of overdose
  • driving or operating machinery, as a person’s ability to judge distance and space is extremely limited
    alone (in case medical assistance is required). It is recommended that a person unaffected be at hand in case assistance is required
  • injecting equipment is not sterile.

If you or someone you know is abusing opioids, it would be a good idea to talk with your doctor about accessing naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses. Your friends or family members can be trained in overdose reversal in case of an emergency.

Signs of Opioid Addiction and Abuse

They can have serious side effects if you don’t use them correctly. For people who have an opioid addiction, their problem often started with a prescription.

Opioid addiction is ruining the lives of a huge number of people. Doctors are known to over-subscribe this dangerous medication and have created an epidemic.

Signs of opioid abuse behaviour:

  • Deceptive or secretive behaviour
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • An increase in time spent sleeping
  • Slurred, garbled or rambling speech
  • Sudden decline in performance at school or work
  • Lack of self-care and physical appearance
  • Lack of incentive and constant boredom
  • Isolating from friends and family
  • Lack of interest in hobbies and fun activities
  • Theft or repeated efforts to borrow money from family and friends
  • Aggressive behaviour toward loved ones.

There is evidence that after prolonged use, many drugs can cause dependence. People who use a drug regularly can develop dependence and tolerance to it. This means they need to take larger amounts of the drug to get the same effect.

Dependence on a drug can be psychological, physical, or both. People who are dependent on the drug find that using the drug becomes far more important than other activities in their life. They crave the drug and find it very difficult to stop using it.

People who are psychologically dependent on a drug may find they feel the urge to use it when they are in specific surroundings, such as socialising with friends.

Physical dependence occurs when a person’s body adapts to a drug and gets used to functioning with the drug present.

Some opioid users who believe they need an increased supply turn, at this point, to illegally obtained opioids or heroin. Some illegally obtained drugs, such as fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Fentora), are laced with contaminants, or much more powerful opioids. Because of the potency of fentanyl, this particular combination has been associated with a more significant number of deaths than in those using heroin.

Regular users begin to build a tolerance to heroin or other opiates, which means they need to increase in the frequency and amount of the drug they use.

As they are compelled to use more and more, we often see physical symptoms of heroin addiction begin to show:

  • Extreme weight loss
  • Runny nose
  • Needle marks on arms, legs, and other areas of the body
  • Infections or open sores at injection sites
  • Cuts, bruises, and scabs from picking at skin.

Heroin users may be able to hide signs of their heroin use in the beginning. However, after a while, friends and family may notice signs of heroin consumption, which may be evident both during and after use:

  • Abrupt changes in behaviour or actions
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth
  • Constricted pupils
  • Disorientation
  • Cycles of alertness followed by sudden drowsiness
  • Nodding off
  • Droopy appearance and heavy eyelids

These signs are not necessarily unique to opioid use. A more obvious warning sign of opioid use is the paraphernalia used to administer the drug, which may include the following:

  • Needles or syringes
  • Straws or tubes (used to inhale fumes)
  • Pipes
  • Burned spoons, gum wrappers, or aluminum foil
  • Missing shoelaces (used as a tie for injection sites)
  • Small plastic bags containing white powdery residue.

Research shows that only 10 percent of those who are addicted to opioids end up seeking treatment. People in the field of addiction treatment are concerned about this low rate.

Opioids are extremely addictive by their very nature and there is a high risk of overdose. In fact, opioids are responsible for the highest number of drug-related injuries and deaths.

Because of their potential for physical addiction and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, relapse is common for those who try to quit on their own.

However, the good news is that recovery from opioid addiction is possible – to quit and stay stopped. At Miracles Asia we will work closely with you to help you begin your life of recovery from whatever opiate you’ve become addicted to and learn how to live a good life, free from the grip of the drug.

We have helped many people successfully recover from opioid addiction so that they can manage their lives with confidence, without drugs.

What Are Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms Like?

Sustained opioid use very rapidly develops tolerance – i.e. needing more of the drug to get the same effect, or a need for it to be taken in larger amounts. In time your brain and body get used to the increased level of opioids in your system. When this happens, you will experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using the drug, for example:

  • Intense need to use more of the drug
  • High anxiety and irritability
  • Sleeplessness
  • Headaches and painful muscles
  • Stomach pain in the extreme
  • Heavy sweating
  • Racing heart.

Opioid Detox Treatment

When someone enters treatment for opioid addiction treatment, it is vital to get expert help for the withdrawal experience.

Withdrawal entails intense cravings or other physical symptoms and will most likely occur for several days. It is important to understand that withdrawal is a natural part of the treatment and the early recovery process, but it is not the same for everyone. Withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to severe and may be aided with a scheduled detox.

Upon arrival at Miracles, all clients will receive a comprehensive assessment; Any hospitalisation that is needed for the detoxification process is undertaken at one of our partnering internationally accredited private hospitals.

A compassionate team of caring professionals will help clients through the possible physical and mental discomfort of withdrawal.

The exact length of detox will range depending on the individual’s drug history and other health factors. After this initial period, the person may continue to experience some symptoms, but to a much lesser extent, and should be able to engage in our opioid treatment program and become able to begin to discover natural, non-chemical methods to address these symptoms.

How Long Does Detox Take?

The length of time each person takes to become addicted to opioids is different. If you are opioid-dependent, your first step when entering rehab will be to enter detox, so you can safely rid your body of the presence of opioids before beginning opioid addiction treatment.

Heroin and short-acting opioid withdrawal symptoms can typically start within the first eight to 12 hours after the last use, and those symptoms will peak within one to three days and continue for up to seven days.

If you’ve been using other short-acting opioids, such as morphine and immediate-release preparations of hydrocodone, oxycodone, and fentanyl, you will start to experience withdrawal symptoms within the first eight to 24 hours after the last use, and withdrawal symptoms can continue for up to 10 days.

Long-acting opioids, such as methadone and extended or controlled release medications such as morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl will result in the first withdrawal symptoms appearing up to 36 hours after last use and can continue up to 14 days or more.

Signs of Opioid Overdose

If you are worried that someone you know has used too much – and therefore overdosed – of any of the opioids, it is vital that you do not leave them on their own. If the person is conscious, make sure they stay awake. Walk them around and try not to let them lie down. Also, continually monitor their breathing rate and the quality of their breathing.

If they are unconscious and not responding to you, stay close to them and call emergency services immediately – preferably an ambulance. First responders know the signs of overdose well and have the equipment to revive a person who has overdosed.

The following are signs of an opioid overdose:

  • Unresponsive to stimuli
  • Unable to talk
  • Vomiting
  • Arms and legs are limp
  • Their face is pale or sweaty
  • Pulse is slow, erratic, or absent
  • Breathing is heavy or stopped
  • Their lips and nails are blue
  • They are choking or making gurgling noises.

If you or someone you know is addicted to opioids, it would be a good idea to talk with your doctor about accessing naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses. Your friends or family members can be trained in overdose reversal in case of an emergency.

Opioid Addiction Rehab in Thailand

If any of the above information has been helpful to you and if you would like to get help for yourself or a loved one, Miracles Asia on the beautiful island of Phuket may just be the opioid addiction treatment in Thailand that you are looking for.

Having made the decision that you, or a loved one, needs help, all that’s needed is to call and make an appointment for a no-obligation free assessment.

At Miracles Asia, we know how to help you. You deserve recovery. We understand recovery and how life can be so much better without the use of opioids.

We will give you the ‘tools’ to start you on that all important journey to living your best life without the need for any mood-altering substances.

Call for a no-obligation free assessment with a trained specialist.

Continuing Care After You Leave Treatment for Opioid Addiction

e understand that early recovery from opioid addiction can be a stressful time. While you’re in treatment in Thailand, you don’t have to think about life after rehab. You’re cocooned in the safety of the treatment center where your every need is catered for. So, returning back to life at home can seem daunting.

We know how it goes, and so Miracles Asia takes your continuing care very seriously.

The treatment program at Miracles Asia doesn’t stop after you leave opioid addiction rehab.

Say you spend one month in residential care, you’ll stay connected through our after-care online program for two further months – and longer if necessary.

The aftercare support programme will keep you in regular contact with your counselor who will see you for one-to-one sessions by zoom weekly. These sessions are important so that we can check in to make sure you’re still on-track in your recovery and if you’re experiencing any issues we can problem solve together.

Not only will you have one-to-one counseling, but also our ongoing group counselling sessions will keep you connected to your peer group, some of whom you may form life-long attachments with.

The group sessions are kept deliberately small in number. A group therapy session lasts around 120 minutes and is taken by a counselor who you will probably know from your time in residential care.

The experienced group facilitator’s job is to check in with you all and spend time making sure you’re on track with your recovery. You may have questions and the facilitator will be happy to answer questions and provide the necessary psychoeducation and relapse prevention planning.

We make sure you’re getting the best possible support as you ease back in to your community back home. Miracles’ group therapy is a key part of your ongoing progress. It’s helpful to keep you on the right track to living the life you deserve, clean and sober a day at a time.

Our online group counseling is available at assigned times during the week to cater for you wherever you are in the world after you leave opioid treatment rehab.

Relapse prevention is a steep learning curve and we will support you, making sure the best care continues.

Maybe you have questions about what to do, or how to go about life in general. For these reasons and more, our case-managers will stay in touch and help you manage your early few months in recovery.

Research shows that the longer the recovering person stays connected to a treatment program, the better the outcome i.e. the longer he or she works alongside professional counselors, therapists, recovery coaches etc, the better the chance of long-term recovery from opioid addiction.

We take your treatment plan very seriously and want the best for you, so for that reason we know it’s important to stay in touch. You deserve the best chance at living your best life.

We are so convinced that our program works that if you are able to spend three months with us and then suffer the pain of relapse within one year of leaving Miracles Asia, we’ll treat you for a month for free. That’s how much faith we have in our opioid addiction treatment program at Miracles Asia. We know how important your recovery is and we will do our best to make sure that you get what you deserve – a good life, full of happiness and freedom from using.

Living an addiction-free life is absolutely possible and we at Miracles Asia are proof of that ourselves. We know what it’s like to recover.

Call our toll-free number today and leave your worries behind. Get your life back: you deserve it!

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