Overcoming Opioid Addiction

Rapid detoxification at Restorative Brain Clinic means powering through opioid withdrawal quickly and painlessly. Our opioid treatment options combine counseling services with cutting-edge medical technology, which provides the most effective path to patients overcoming their addiction.

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Individualized Treatment Plans

At our opioid treatment center in Kansas City, MO, we focus on each patient’s unique situation and barriers to overcoming addiction. In each case, the first step is helping to relieve the cravings and physical side effects that come with detoxification. Medications such as vivitrol and methadone are often used in opioid withdrawal treatment and help patients resist cravings, reduce the side effects of withdrawal, and prevent against relapse. We also offer an alternative opiate addiction treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). The BRIDGE device is a medical technology that has also been found to diminish withdrawal pain during detoxification.

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Opioid Counseling

Our drug counseling services are aimed at helping each patient complete their opioid addiction treatment plan and resist relapse in the future. We offer either individual counseling or group therapy with a licensed substance abuse counselor. Individual sessions allow a patient to work closely with a licensed counselor, determine the root cause of their addiction, and develop personalized coping mechanisms. During group therapy, a licensed counselor coaches several patients who are struggling with opioid addiction in a safe space, where each individual can share their struggles and find strength with others who are experiencing similar issues.

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What is Opioid Addiction?

Opioid addiction is an uncontrollable need to use a class of drugs containing opiates. Commonly abused opiates include drugs like Heroin, Morphine or Codeine, which are naturally derived from Asian poppies, or synthetically produced prescription painkillers such as Fentanyl, Demerol, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone. Opioids are highly addictive because they activate the brain’s mechanism for releasing endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that diminish the perception of pain and increase feelings of pleasure. Opioid addiction is a compulsion driven by the irresistible physical and psychological need to feel the high that opioids produce. The withdrawal symptoms that occur once an individual tries to stop taking these drugs makes quitting especially difficult.

What Causes Opioid Addiction?

An individual may be prescribed opioid-based medications to relieve pain after sustaining a serious injury or undergoing surgery. When used over time, individuals will build up a tolerance to these drugs and the opioids will trigger a weaker effect compared to the initial strong feelings of pleasure that they experienced when first taking the painkiller. Tolerance to opioids causes the brain to release fewer endorphins, which can drive an individual to take a higher dosage in order to experience the same feeling of pleasure.

While there are certain risk factors that can make it more likely that an individual will become addicted to opioids, the reality is that anyone who uses these drugs, even for a short period of time, can become addicted.

Common risk factors include:

  • Taking a higher dosage of opioid medication than prescribed
  • Taking opioids more frequently than prescribed
  • Using opioids for an extended period of time
  • Using alternative, rapid-delivery methods of ingestion, such as by crushing the pill up and snorting it
  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors (such as poverty, unemployment, history of legal problems, etc.)
  • Psychological factors (such as suffering from a mental disorder)
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Common Signs of Opioid Addiction

Common signs of opioid addiction include:

  • Inability to control opioid intake despite negative effects its use may be having on an individual’s personal life
  • Uncontrollable cravings for the substance
  • Sweating
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Shallow breathing
  • Small pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • Pain sensitivity
  • Decreased sex drive

Opioid Addiction Counseling Specialists

Our clinic consists not only of a team of caring professionals but utilizes state-of-the-art technology. Patients have access to around-the-clock care at Restorative Brain Clinic, Inc. Emergency calls are forwarded to our Counselors and Patient Advocates cell phone who will assist you!

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