“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.”
—Oliver Wendell Holmes
Out-patient Opioid Addiction Treatment with Empower Counseling
Recovery is Possible
Effective evidence-based outpatient addiction treatment is available. Take back your life from addiction. You do not have to feel stuck on opioids any longer.
What are opioids? Why does addiction happen?
Opioids include pain relievers available legally by prescription, like OxyContin, Vicodin, morphine, codeine, as well as, many others. Opioids work by interacting with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and the brain. When opioids interact with these receptors, they not only provide pain relief, but they also, create feelings of euphoria. Opioids can be safe to take for a very short time when prescribed by a doctor, but with the euphoric feeling produced when taken, it is easy to misuse or become addicted to these drugs. Regular use, even when taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor, can lead to dependence. Misuse of opioids leads to addiction, overdose, and even death.
Prevent Relapse with Outpatient Counseling for Addiction
Opioid addiction is a chronic medical condition that can create long-term changes in the brain. However, you can escape the vicious cycle of detox and relapse! It will not happen overnight, but studies show that counseling, combined with the proper medication improve you chances of success. Medications, such as Methadone and buprenorphine can help you through cravings and withdrawal symptoms. After the initial withdrawal symptoms subside, the physical and mental discomfort may linger for weeks or months.
Research shows that an effective evidence-based approach to treating opioid addiction includes medication and behavioral therapy.
Empower Counseling offers a knowledgeable and caring counselor with experience in addiction counseling and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy). This combination of education, experience, and skills sets our addiction counselor, Adam Elliott, apart and uniquely qualifies him to offer the necessary counseling for opioid addiction.
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Right after detox, individuals are most vulnerable, or most likely, to relapse. It is crucial that you begin counseling immediately after detox.
Experts agree that psychological and social factors are the main drivers than can push you back to drug use. Whatever led you to opioid addiction, the underlying cause, is still there after detox. Whether you were avoiding feeling physical or emotional pain or avoiding the stress of life, counseling for opioid addiction will help you uncover the reasons that contributed to your use of opioids.
Whatever cause led you down the path to addiction, it is still there even after you detox.
The underlying problem has been temporarily avoided by the use of opioids, but it has not been solved … maybe not even uncovered. That is why relapse is so common. Detox does not solve the problem. It sets the stage to begin addressing the problem.
The root of the problem could be any one or a combination of a number of the following:
- Poor coping skills
- Time managements issues
- Becoming easily overwhelmed by life
- Family problems
- Relationship problems
To change a behavior, especially addictive behavior, you must know the underlaying cause making the behavior necessary.
No matter what issue proceeded opioid use and addiction, these conditions must be addressed.
Empower Counseling can help you uncover the real root of the problem and begin addressing it, instead of feeling like you must avoid it with further drug use. You will understand the need driving the behavior. Then we will address letting go of the need or meeting the need with positive coping skills.
You will learn what your triggers are.
Triggers are what happens directly before drug use that make you want to use.
Situations, as well as stress, can trigger or remind your brain of the pleasure reaction you had when using opioids. Counseling will help you recognize these triggers and provide you with the tools to avoid relapse.
What is the best way to help someone with opioid addiction?
You can play a positive role in the recovery from opioid addiction. You can support your loved-one by reducing stigma regarding the help and services needed. You can also support him by understanding that opioid addiction is not a moral failure, but a chronic medical addiction. You cannot stop your loved-one from using or being dependent on opioids, but you can offer your support in a way that is more likely to help rather than hurt.
Steps To Help Opioid Addiction
- You can tell your loved-one who is suffering with addiction, that you will be there for them when they are ready to deal with their issues. When they are ready to deal with their opioid addiction, you can line up the help they need.
- When they are ready, find a reputable treatment facility that regularly handles detox and rehabilitation for opioid dependence.
- Once you know how long your loved one will be in treatment, reach out to Empower Counseling.
We can schedule and appointment for your loved one with our counselor who is skilled in addiction counseling and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. It is critical that your loved-one have a seamless, integrated transition from detox and rehabilitation to continued substance abuse counseling. During this time period directly after detox, your loved-one will be most vulnerable for relapse. Having a skilled, compassionate counselor from Empower Counseling ready and willing to support continued treatment is invaluable.
Benefits of Addiction Counseling with Empower Counseling
Out-patient opioid addiction counseling can help you get your life back. Recovery is possible. Not only is recovery possible, but once you are aware of and address the underlying problem which lead to addiction, your life can be better than it was before addiction.
Empower will help you:
- Examine your life, increase self-awareness, and uncover the root of the problem that led to addiction.
- Address the underlying issues that led to addiction.
- Let go of old, unhealthy habits. Empower will use techniques to make it easier to let go of unhealthy habits and old ways of coping.
- Establish new, healthy habits and thoughts.
- Do a deep dive into what you value in every area, or domain of life.
- Take action toward what you value and the person you want to be.
- Take your life back from addiction.
Out-patient opioid addiction counseling is readily available. Reach out to Adam Elliott with Empower Counseling to schedule an appointment today. He is qualified, experienced, and ready to help.
The goal of treatment is to get your life back on track so you can be the person you want to be – a productive member of your family, workplace, and community.