Nothing is more rewarding than watching someone reunite with a self they thought they’d lost. Opioid dependency can happen to anyone, but no one believes that until it happens to them or someone they love. At Archstone Behavioral Health, we offer hospital-grade medically-assisted mental health treatment in a resort-style setting, followed by partial hospitalization and residential treatment. If you are wondering whether residential addiction treatment will help you reclaim your life, we invite you to view photos of the beach-style, open-concept, converted hotel we call home.
Does an Addictive Personality Cause Opioid Addiction?
People without the stereotypical “addictive personality” are particularly vulnerable to developing opioid dependence because they are used to being in control and making good decisions. Most people don’t think twice about taking medication prescribed by a trusted doctor, especially if they are experiencing a level of pain they’re unaccustomed to. There are many types of pain, and opioids eliminate all of them. But at what cost?
Getting Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Opioids provide a calming sensation that mimics happiness and security, regardless of present circumstances. Opioids were developed to prevent palliative care patients from panicking and trying to remove their breathing tubes. One of the comforts of living in the modern world is our ability–thanks to opioids–to avoid most of the pain associated with surgical procedures; if you didn’t already know, opioids are powerful drugs.
A Full Range of Addiction Treatment Programs Under One Roof
We believe that the best way to encourage healing and growth is by providing a full continuum of mental health and addiction treatment programs in one location. This way, people are able to get comfortable in their surroundings. At Archstone Behavioral Health, we offer a full continuum of care for chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health conditions, including:
Opioid Dependency is a Medical Condition
The rush of neurotransmitters responsible for intoxication’s pleasurable effects causes gradual changes in the brain’s pleasure and reward circuitry. Eventually, the brain stops needing to recognize pleasurable messages from anywhere but the drug. Consuming opioids over an extended period of time causes the brain to become more dependent on a particular combination of drugs to release the neurotransmitters people need to feel good and cope with life. People who spend a significant amount of their time and energy searching for drugs–or money to buy drugs–tend to become quite good at acquiring drugs; however, they stop developing the skills and personality traits needed to live a happy, connected life.
How Does Opioid Dependence Work?
Opioids relieve pain in the short term, but they actually make people more sensitive to pain if they are used in high doses for extended periods. If your brain tells you that you are experiencing constant, unbearable agony, the natural response will be to alleviate it. It’s human nature. Unfortunately, taking too many opioids, especially when combined with other substances, can shut down the body’s drive to breathe.
Combinations Frequently Leading to Overdose
- Fentanyl (Actiq, Abstral, Duragesic) or Carfentanil mixed with any benzodiazepines
- Alcohol combined with opioids (including benzodiazepines)
- Fentanyl combined with opioids
- Fentanyl combined with heroin
- Fentanyl combined with cocaine
- Opioids (Vicodin, Oxycontin) mixed with benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin)
- Heroin mixed with methamphetamine
- Opioids combined with other opioids
- Opioids combined with methamphetamine
- Opioids combined with cocaine
Once the brain becomes dependent on opioids, there is no stability; there is no peace. Family members might make comments about how you’re “not yourself” or that you have lost your way. After extended periods of opioid use, the brain stops experiencing joy. This is catastrophic, but–with treatment–it’s not permanent. Call Archstone Behavioral Health at 561.631.9478 to learn more.