Anyone who is caught in the grips of opioid abuse knows how hard it is to break free. These drugs are incredibly powerful, and they can take an immense toll on a person both physically and mentally. With 2,219 deaths as a result of opioid poisoning in the UK in 2021 alone, it is clear that this is a problem that needs to be taken seriously. At Recovery Lighthouse, we understand how difficult navigating the journey from sobriety can be. Our aim is that opioid rehab puts people in a comforting and supportive environment, giving them the best possible chance of long-term recovery.
What is opioid rehab?
Opioid rehab is the process of treating opioid addiction through a combination of therapy, counselling, guided lifestyle changes and ongoing social support. The primary goal of opioid rehab is to help you regain control over your life, learn new ways of coping without opioids and reduce the risk of relapse.
There are both outpatient and inpatient opioid rehab programmes available but inpatient is often the most effective option because it provides a safe and supportive environment where you can focus on your recovery away from any potential triggers or temptations. Inpatient rehab involves staying at a residential opioid rehab centre like Recovery Lighthouse and taking part in a daily programme of activities and treatments.
Opioid rehab will help you to:
- Address any underlying psychological issues that may have contributed to your opioid dependency
- Develop an understanding of the triggers for your opioid use and learn new coping strategies
- Make positive lifestyle changes that support sobriety
- Repair relationships with family, friends and other loved ones affected by your opioid use
- Rebuild your self-confidence, identity and purpose in life
- Learn to identify and manage opioid cravings
- Build a supportive network of people around you
- Learn opioid relapse prevention techniques
- Reintegrate into society with a solid foundation for long-term recovery
Do I need opioid rehab?
Recognising that you need opioid rehab can be difficult, particularly as you may have originally been prescribed opioid medication for a legitimate medical condition. However, many people become dependent on opioids without realising so it is important to recognise the signs so you can get help as soon as possible. Here are some questions to ask yourself which may indicate the need for opioid rehab:
- Do I feel unable to control my opioid use?
- Do I experience intense cravings and withdrawal symptoms when I try to stop taking opiates?
- Am I continuing to take opioids despite the negative consequences it is having on my life?
- Do I take higher doses than prescribed in order to get the same effects?
- Have I been neglecting my responsibilities or loved ones in order to take opiates?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is important to seek professional help. Opioid rehab can give you the support and guidance that you need to break free from your addiction and start living a healthy and fulfilling life.
Opioid rehab at Recovery Lighthouse
Recovery Lighthouse provides a comprehensive recovery programme which addresses every aspect of your opioid dependency to give you the best possible chance of achieving a successful long-term recovery. Our experienced team includes a range of medical professionals and addiction specialists who are all dedicated to providing high-quality care in an environment that is both safe and supportive.
We provide three stages of treatment:
1. Opioid detox…
This stage involves removing all traces of opioids from your body and managing any withdrawal symptoms that may arise. This is very important as it will break your physical dependence on the drug so you no longer need opioids just to function.
This stage focuses on helping you understand the underlying psychological causes of your addiction. These may be due to trauma, depression, anxiety or other issues, and our team of dedicated counsellors will work with you to uncover these issues and help you address them in a safe, secure environment. Everyone reacts differently to different therapies and so we offer a range of treatments to ensure all of our clients receive the care they need. These include:
- 12 Step
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
- Group therapy
- Individual counselling
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy
- DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)
- Family group therapy
During your time in opioid rehab, you will get the chance to connect with the staff and other clients at Recovery Lighthouse who are all sharing similar experiences. This not only helps to create a supportive, understanding atmosphere but also provides you with a valuable source of social support which can be invaluable for long-term recovery.
The third stage of treatment is our aftercare programme which begins when you leave our residential centre and return home. This stage involves helping you to reintegrate back into society with the skills, understanding, and support you need to stay healthy and look after yourself. Our aftercare programmes involve weekly group therapy sessions for a year which are designed to help you manage your recovery, maintain sobriety and rebuild relationships with friends, family or loved ones.
***In addition to aftercare, you will also be invited to join our Alumni Network where you can get further support and guidance and meet new people. As with many other aspects of our opioid recovery programme, the Alumni Network is all about making and maintaining connections which is so important because opioid addiction thrives when it is able to isolate you.***
Which opioid addictions are treated in rehab?
Recovery Lighthouse provides treatment for a number of different opioids including:
- Codeine rehab
- Fentanyl rehab
- Methadone rehab
- Morphine rehab
- Oxycodone rehab
- Tramadol rehab
- Vicodin rehab
If you are struggling with an addiction to any of these opiates, get in touch with Recovery Lighthouse today. We can provide you with the treatment and support you need to overcome your opioid addiction and live a healthier, happier life free of substance abuse.
Tips for successful opioid rehab treatment
You will only get out of rehab what you are willing to put into it. To help you make the most out of your time in treatment, here are our top tips for successful opioid rehab:
1. Trust in your therapists and the opioid rehab process…
Opioid rehab can be scary as much of what you will be doing is likely to be completely new to you. This is why it is so important to go into everything with an open mind, trusting in your therapists, medical team and the overall opioid rehab process.
2. Get to know the staff and other clients…
Opioid rehab is a team effort and the support of your peers can be absolutely essential. By getting to know the staff and other clients at your treatment centre, you will not only benefit during your time as a resident, but it will also allow you to build valuable relationships that can last long after you have left rehab
3. Take the time to care for yourself…
When do you ever get the opportunity to just focus on yourself? Opioid rehab is a chance to do just that and it’s important you take advantage. Make sure you get plenty of rest, eat right, exercise and engage in activities that bring you joy during your stay in rehab and you will have a much better chance of achieving success in your recovery.
4. Be honest and open with your therapists…
No matter how uncomfortable it may be, honesty is key to effective opioid rehab. By being completely open and honest with your therapists, you can guarantee that they are able to give you the best possible support. At Recovery Lighthouse, many of our counsellors have been through recovery themselves so they know exactly what you are going through and will not judge you, no matter what you say.
Is opioid rehab a cure?
While opioid rehab can be a powerful tool in helping you to overcome your dependence, it is not a cure. Recovery involves more than just abstaining from drugs, it means making lifestyle changes and learning how to cope with triggers and cravings long after you have left opioid rehab.
What to do next
If you are ready and willing to seek help, contact Recovery Lighthouse today to learn more about the opioid rehab options we have available. Our admissions team will be glad to answer any questions you might have and get you started on the road to a whole new life.
Opioid rehab can be highly effective but only if you put in the necessary effort to make the changes in your life that are needed to sustain recovery. Recovery is a lifelong process and the support you receive at opioid rehab will help you on your journey of healing. With dedication, commitment and determination, you can learn how to live without opioids and achieve lasting sobriety.