Alaska Opioid Rehab Center

The opioid epidemic has gripped our country for the last few decades. Whether it is prescribed by a doctor or procured illegally, these drugs have grown into a reputation of infamy as lives have been torn apart by this addiction. To combat this and offer support to veterans who find themselves in such a position, Banyan Treatment Centers Alaska offers an opioid rehab program that can turn our clients’ lives around. Don’t assume that you need to confront these issues alone.

Risk Factors for Opioid Use Disorder

When a person develops a dependence, such as from taking heroin or prescription medicines, it can lead to opioid use disorder, a chronic medical disease. The possibility of developing an opioid use disorder is increased by a number of risk factors. An addiction or history of substance abuse is one of the most important. Someone may be more likely to get addicted to opioids if they have already suffered from addiction. A family history of addiction, mental health conditions including melancholy or anxiety, and a past of trauma or abuse are additional risk factors. An increased risk of having an opioid use disorder is also seen in people who misuse prescription opioids or have easy access to them.

Prolonged usage of prescription opioids is another important risk factor to consider. When people take opioids for a long time, their bodies may develop a tolerance to the medications, and they may need higher dosages to get the same pain relief. This may result in drug dependence and addiction. An increased risk of developing addiction is also present in those who use opioids recreationally, whether by taking them without a prescription or using them to get high. Overdoses are more common since heroin's potency and purity are sometimes unpredictable.

Signs of Opioid Abuse

Substance abuse involving opioids is a severe problem that can have adverse effects on physical, psychological, and social well-being. Recognizing the signs of abuse can assist in identifying if someone close is struggling with opioid addiction and seeking help for them. One of the most apparent indicators of opioid abuse is a noticeable change in behavior, which can involve becoming more isolated and disinterested in previously enjoyed activities. Mood swings may also be present, causing irritability and anxiety.

Other opioid abuse symptoms can include:

  • Physical symptoms such as slurred speech, drowsiness, and impaired coordination
  • Changes in appearance, such as dark circles under the eyes, pale skin, and weight loss
  • Neglecting responsibilities at work, school, or family obligations
  • Using opioids even when experiencing negative consequences such as legal or financial problems
  • Increased tolerance to opioids, meaning higher doses are required to achieve the desired effect
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, nausea, and anxiety when not using opioids

If someone is exhibiting several of the signs listed above, getting them to help at our opioid addiction rehab program is essential. Otherwise, they run the risk of seeing the addiction worsen to the point of potentially overdosing.

How Our Wasilla Rehab Center Can Help

For veterans in need of a comprehensive opioid rehab program, Banyan’s Wasilla treatment center offers outpatient addiction services that can turn their life around. With the help of our treatment professionals, clients move through various programs and therapies that promote healing and recovery.

Don’t assume that you are in this battle alone. Contact the staff at Banyan’s Alaska rehab to learn how we can support you or a loved one on the journey to recovery.

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At Banyan Alaska our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.

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