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Opioid Addiction

Understanding Opioid Addiction

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than two million Americans have an opioid addiction. Opioids are helpful medications that offer pain relief, but they can quickly lead to addiction. At Malibu Detox, we offer opioid addiction treatment programs to help you or a loved one overcome this debilitating condition.

Opioids are prescription medications used to manage pain. The most common opioids are:

  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone

Opioids work by attaching themselves to opioid receptor proteins, activating them and inhibiting the transmission of pain signals. They affect the reward system in the brain, causing euphoria. With time, your brain begins craving more of the drug to get that same level of euphoria. This cycle leads to an opioid addiction.

Some of the most common signs of an opioid addiction include the following:

  • Constipation
  • Inability to stop using opioids
  • Intense cravings
  • Doctor shopping
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Tolerance
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Itching
  • Decreased sex drive

If you or a loved one experiences these opioid addiction symptoms, turning to professionals at a treatment center is important because of the high risk of overdosing. 

Because your body can quickly build a tolerance to opioids, you may need to take ever-increasing amounts of them to get the effects you want. Doing this is very dangerous.

Some of the overdose effects you may experience include:

  • Clammy skin
  • Blue tint to lips or fingers
  • Low body temperature
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Limp body
  • Vomiting
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Extreme confusion
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Unconsciousness

An opioid overdose can be fatal.

At Malibu Detox, we offer a number of services to help people struggling with an opioid use disorder. With a team of experts ready to help, you can break free from drug abuse.

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Opioid Addiction Treatment Services Available at Malibu Detox

For people who have an opioid use disorder, we can guide you through the entire recovery process.

Medical detox

Medical Detox

Before you can begin the therapies to help you understand the cause of your substance use disorder, you need to flush the drug from your body. Attempting to go through the opioid detox process on your own is not the best choice, however, because of the opioid addiction withdrawal symptoms you can experience.

Some of the symptoms of opioid withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Runny nose
  • Insomnia
  • Yawning
  • Sweating
  • Muscle aches
  • Dilated pupils
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Diarrhea
  • Goosebumps

Most of the time, opioid addiction withdrawal symptoms are very uncomfortable, and that can put you at risk of relapsing if you try to go through the process on your own. To prevent this and to make the process easier, we offer medical opioid detox.

By offering medications that can keep you comfortable and safe as the drug leaves your body, we can help you begin your recovery in a more positive manner.

Before beginning the opioid withdrawal process, we always perform a physical and mental health evaluation so that we know what medications can suit you best, depending on your individual needs.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment Plan

Another concern many people have when undergoing treatment for substance abuse is how to deal with their cravings, which can be intense and distracting, making therapy more difficult.

At Malibu Detox, we offer medication-assisted treatment to help curb those cravings so that you can immerse yourself in your treatment programs. With medical supervision available at all times as you stay with us, you can be sure to get the help you need when you need it.


Residential Treatment

After undergoing medical detox for opioid addiction, the next step is to begin treatment. We recommend residential treatment for those who are not stable yet or who have a severe addiction.

Residential treatment at Malibu Detox for a substance use disorder offers the structure and safe environment you need to start healing. It allows you to remove yourself from your regular daily life, which is important if there are environmental factors that affect your substance abuse.

Residential treatment at our opioid addiction treatment centers can provide help for co-occurring disorders, too. Many times, there are other mental illnesses that affect the addiction or that might have led you to self-medicate. Our experts are here to help you uncover the root cause of the problems you face.

We rely on behavioral therapies like cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. Both of these options can show you how to recognize unhelpful thinking patterns that can affect your mood and actions. They are highly effective for the treatment of substance use disorders as well as co-occurring disorders.

You can also have access to support groups, therapy for family members, individual therapy sessions, art therapy, equine-assisted therapy, and more.

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Aftercare Services

You do not end your recovery process when you complete residential treatment. Addiction is a chronic condition that requires work and continued treatment.

Malibu Detox offers aftercare services to help you transition back to your life while dealing with an opioid use disorder. You can receive continued education on opioid abuse, as well as therapy sessions, relapse prevention services, and support groups.

We can also provide an introduction to some of the best self-help groups in the area, including Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, and Refuge Recovery.

Malibu Detox also provides access to adventure and recreational therapy options, including nature hikes, yoga, and much more. These types of therapies can help decrease stress levels, offering the chance to improve self-esteem and learn coping mechanisms that do not involve substance abuse.

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Start Your Recovery From Opioid Addiction in Malibu, California Today

If you have an opioid use disorder, you do not have to struggle through another day with the addiction. You can reach out to Malibu Detox to begin your journey to a sober you.

We can provide the medical attention you need to go through withdrawal safely and engage with treatment without worrying about cravings. We can also guide you with the right therapeutic strategies catered to your specific needs.

Get the help you deserve today by calling Malibu Detox.

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