Over the past two decades, rates of opioid abuse and addiction throughout the United States have continued to skyrocket. The opioid epidemic that our country currently faces does not discriminate; it has deeply and irreversibly affected the lives of millions of innocent men and women. The good news is that resources are widely available to those who have been suffering at the hands of opioid addiction and need help to stop.
At Allure Detox, we have extensive experience helping men and women of all ages and personal backgrounds safely withdraw from opioids. Our team of medical professionals effectively treats all potential symptoms of withdrawal – both physical and psychological – ensuring stabilization and preparedness for the next appropriate level of care.
Dealing With Cravings for Opiates
When an individual begins abusing opioid narcotics of any kind (from prescription painkillers to heroin), he or she will be unwittingly interrupting the body’s natural ability to manage pain, regulate emotions and produce “feel good” chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. Over time, brain chemistry will change significantly, and he or she will experience withdrawal symptoms upon ceased use. These withdrawal symptoms will range in severity based on the amount of the opioid used and the regularity of use. One of the most problematic psychological symptoms of opioid withdrawal is the presence of intense and persistent drug cravings.
At Allure Detox, we provide our patients with Medication Assisted Treatment whenever necessary. Medications like Suboxone can greatly help minimize opioid cravings; however, MAT is a short-term solution, and drug cravings are likely to persist as a long-term symptom of post-acute withdrawal symptoms. How can opioid addiction cravings be successfully overcome? We have compiled several useful tips – take a look!
Tips for Overcoming Opioid Cravings
- Make sure that you are in a safe and supportive environment. Returning home directly after completing a medical detox program is generally never a good idea. Those who successfully combat cravings and maintain long-term sobriety typically transfer to an inpatient treatment program directly after medical detox.
- Speak to a medical professional about potential prescription medication options. In some instances, medications like Suboxone can be beneficial in helping alleviate intense psychological opioid cravings. It might be possible that a low-grade antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication would be useful. Sometimes, individuals experience depression or anxiety as a result of post-acute withdrawal, and experiencing emotional discomfort can be a craving trigger.
- Make sure that you have a detailed plan of action in case you do start experiencing a severe craving. This could include getting to a 12 step meeting ASAP or calling up a friend who has years of experience successfully combating cravings. This plan of action will generally be developed with the assistance of a licensed addiction counselor in an inpatient treatment setting.
- Make sure that all of your physical and emotional needs are being met. It is not uncommon for those who are new to opioid addiction recovery to mistake hunger for drug cravings. Walk yourself through a personal checklist. Why am I feeling triggered? Have I had enough to eat? Am I thirsty? Did I get enough sleep last night? Am I going through an emotional experience that I should speak to someone about?
Allure Detox and Opioid Addiction Recovery
At Allure Detox, we provide men and women of all ages with the quality of clinical care they need to overcome opioid addiction once and for all. Our comprehensive detox program combines proven medical techniques like Medication-Assisted Treatment with effective therapeutic and holistic methods of recovery. We do everything in our power to ensure that every one of our patients has the coping skills necessary to combat cravings even once they are physically stabilized and move on from medical detox to the next appropriate level of clinical care.
To learn more about our recovery program, please feel free to reach out to our compassionate and knowledgeable Treatment Advisors at any point in time. They are standing by around the clock to answer any and every question you might have.