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General Questions

Opioids are a class of drug that includes both prescription pain medicines and illegal drugs such as heroin. Though opioids can be prescribed by a doctor to treat pain, their misuse may lead to a dependency or addiction (what is known in medicine as an “opioid use disorder”). Anyone prescribed an opioid should follow their doctor’s orders carefully, making sure to only take the medication as prescribed.

The inability to control opioid use, Uncontrollable cravings, Drowsiness, Changes in sleep habits, Weight loss, Frequent flu-like symptoms, Isolation from family or friends, Stealing from family, friends or businesses, New financial difficulties.

Alcoholism will take a significant toll, affecting the abuser’s physical health, mental wellbeing, and lifestyle. Warning signs include weight fluctuation, heart problems, mindset changes, risky behavior, organ inflammation, avoiding gatherings, and increased tolerance just to name a few.

Opioid use disorder and opioid addiction remain at epidemic levels in the US and worldwide. Three million US citizens and 16 million individuals worldwide have had or currently suffer from opioid use disorder (OUD). More than 500,000 in the United States are dependent on heroin..

More than 6 percent of adults in the U.S. have an alcohol use disorder, about 1 in 12 men and 1 in 25 women. An additional 623,000 people between the ages of 12 and 17 have alcohol use disorders. About 88,000 people die of alcohol-related causes every year in the United States.

Treatment Questions

Detoxification is normally the first step in treatment. This involves clearing a substance from the body and limiting withdrawal reactions. In 80 percent of cases, a treatment clinic will use medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

When someone has an opioid addiction and tries to quit, they often experience harsh withdrawal symptoms. Usually, these withdrawals cause so much pain that people resume using opioids to ease the symptoms. For most people, it is impossible to stop abusing opioids without the help of an addiction doctor

Definitely. The Eva Mae Recovery Hope team will connect you and your family with community-based support services designed to help you through your recovery.

Many private and public insurance providers will subsidize the expense of addiction recovery. Each case must be reviewed with your personal circumstances in mind.

Self-Care…Common post-acute withdrawal symptoms when recovering from addiction include insomnia and fatigue...HALT...Mindfulness Meditation...Know Your Triggers...Join a Support Group...Grounding Techniques...Deep Breathing...Make An Emergency Contact List…just to name a few.


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