Our picturesque addiction treatment center in Fort Myers, Florida specializes in helping men overcome drug addiction. By customizing our service for one demographic, we can provide the highest standards of care to each individual who comes through our doors. Our founders have been through the struggle of addiction themselves and shaped a team that can share their coping mechanisms and strategies for long-term recovery.
If you’ve been struggling with addiction to opioids, you’re probably in a vulnerable position. While it may seem as if drugs serve a necessary purpose in your life, they are actually holding you back. At Calusa Recovery, we create a personal care plan that is unique to your needs. A stay with us could be the decision you make that leads to getting back on track to realizing your full potential and living your dreams.
Opioid Addiction Explained
Opioids are a class of drugs often prescribed for pain relief due to illness, injury or surgery. They include both legal and illegal variations that are naturally derived from the poppy plant (also known as opiates) or synthetically manufactured.
Opioid addiction is a disease resulting from dependence on the legal or illegal forms of these drugs. Many people falsely believe the prescription form of these pain killers are less risky than illicit forms, such as heroin, but the truth is far more complicated. In some cases, manufactured opioids are much stronger than heroin, and confusion regarding dosage can lead to serious complications and even death. This is one of the most dangerous addictions with a high mortality rate. Professional treatment and therapy are strongly advised.
Common opioids and opiates include:
- Hydrocodone (VicodinⓇ)
- Oxycodone (OxyContinⓇ and PercocetⓇ)
- Oxymorphone (OpanaⓇ)
Opiate addiction is a progressive illness that clouds the judgment of the sufferer. Realizing you have a problem and making the effort to seek information and help is the first step towards getting better. Opioid addiction can be particularly dangerous because the body becomes strongly dependent on these substances. If you’ve been taking them for more than a few weeks and tried to stop, you’ll be aware of the uncomfortable feelings that occur as a result.
Signs and Symptoms of Opiate Addiction
Many people who use opiates end up needing higher quantities of the substances to get the desired effects. This physical dependence is a result of chemical changes in the brain. As the brain quickly builds up a tolerance to the drug, people suffering from opioid addiction stop getting the strong sense of euphoria that they first experienced. Worse, the drug hijacks the brain’s ability to naturally create endorphins and serotonin, its own “happy” chemicals. In a desperate attempt to feel somewhat normal, opioid users increase dosage or resort to high-risk ways of getting their fix. If you’ve gotten to this stage, it’s time to seek the help of a professional. Some other signs that you could benefit from rehab for opiate addiction include:
- Spending more and more time alone away from friends and loved ones
- Loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable
- Lack of regard for personal hygiene
- Low mood, anxiety and depression
- Weight fluctuations and changes in eating habits
- Incoherent speech and memory lapses
- Disturbed sleep
- Agitation and nervousness
- Failure to meet responsibilities such as work and school
- Financial difficulties such as debt, stealing and poverty
- Getting into legal difficulties
Long Term Effects of Opioid Use
While the short-term consequences listed above are bad enough, the long term effects are even worse. The impact of repeatedly abusing any form of opioids can lead to lasting, potentially permanent, physical and mental damage.
Prolonged Opioid Abuse May Lead To:
- Memory loss
- Violent behavior
- Bleeding ulcers
- Liver and kidney damage
Withdrawal affects each person differently according to many variables. Unfortunately, the discomfort of opiate withdrawal is why many users find it so difficult to break free of addiction. The good news is that a professional drug rehab facility can be by your side to ensure your safety and to make you as comfortable as possible during this challenging time. A rehab assessment will help determine the best and safest way for you to begin the recovery process.
A Few Typical Withdrawal Symptoms:
- Cramping (stomach and muscles)
Cravings are often overwhelming during this time and the user is often driven to seek relief by using again. If you have tried to stop using opioids on your own and failed, please know that it’s not your fault. You can succeed and the team at our Fort Myers, Florida rehab is ready to help you do it.
Opioid Treatment Programs
We offer a tranquil environment that provides the setting for a mixture of group and individual therapy. Each attendee receives a timetable with a plan that’s designed with their unique needs in mind. Our programs range from eight to 16 weeks, and you have the option of intensive outpatient or general outpatient care. We believe your home life plays an important role in recovery, so we also oversee two sober living houses in Florida for those who are looking for a safe, structured space to recover.
Sober living houses
Our Florida Association of Recovery Residence (FARR) accredited facilities provide a peaceful living space designed with recovery in mind. While enjoying the freedom to take a trip to the beach or go grocery shopping, you also enjoy learning how important a daily routine is. A team of caring staff is on hand to offer support and advice when you need it. They also help you learn the vital life skills required to enjoy a fulfilled, sober life back in the outside world.
At Calusa Recovery, we know it’s incredibly important that your family understand what you’re going through. We also help to build better channels of communication between you and the people closest to you. When you’re all reading from the same page, you can work together towards a happier future. Our goal is to heal you and your loved ones, ensuring you have the strongest support network you can have.
What sets us apart is our commitment to getting outside and showing you how much more fun you have when you’re sober. One of the key features of addiction is that it steals your passions and hobbies away from you. Experiential therapy is a chance to grab life with both hands and make the most of the beautiful Florida landscape. Some of the activities you enjoy include:
- Beach days
- Sporting events
You may feel as if opiate addiction is causing you to spiral out of control, but addiction is a treatable disease and we can help you to get better. If you’re ready to make the change and begin the recovery process or just need a friendly chat about what you’re going through, contact our addiction treatment center in Florida or give us a call at 844-254-9664.