Opioid Addiction Treatment Center in Colorado

Opioids are strong pain killers that relieve stem pain and release feelings of joy. They’re also a highly addictive drug that should only be used as prescribed by a medical professional and for short periods. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to release the hold opioids have over you and recover your health.

Below we take an in-depth look at opioids and their effect on your body, as well as discussing treatment options and how Spero Recovery Center can help you begin your journey to an addiction-free life.

What Are Opioids?

Opioids are a subset of drugs that are used for relieving serious or chronic pain. They achieve this by attaching themselves to certain receptors in the brain and central nervous system (CNS) to block pain signals from traveling back and forth. On top of this, opioids also target the centers of the brain that control joy and satisfaction and induce deep feelings of euphoria. This is what makes opioids highly addictive and easy to abuse.

Opioids are a major (and still growing) public health concern as they are involved in increasing cases of drug addiction and overdose. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports show approximately 80,411 people died from an opioid overdose in 2021. This bleak statistic paints a picture of the importance of receiving treatment for an opioid use disorder under professional medical supervision.

What Is an Opioid Addiction?

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An opioid addiction, also known as an opioid use disorder (OUD) is a serious medical problem that results from prolonged and heavy use of opioids. Opioids include prescription painkillers, such as morphine oxycodone, and illegal drugs, such as fentanyl and heroin. Given the severity of heroin addiction, specialized heroin addiction treatment in Colorado is crucial for recovery. Because of the way opioids work on the brain and CNS, stopping use or even reducing the dosage can be extremely difficult and cause serious health problems. Always speak to a qualified medical professional about stopping or reducing opioid use before you attempt self-recovery.

Opioids differ from other drugs, such as methamphetamines, in that the physical and mental effects they have on the body may not be that clear in the beginning. Someone can suffer from opioid addiction and still appear to be completely healthy. Recognizing the indicators of an opioid addiction can help you save you or a loved one’s life.

Opioid abuse can be detected by several signs and symptoms, whether the drugs are prescribed or obtained illegally. Some indications of opioid abuse are:

  • Abusing or misusing opioids in any other way than your prescription states
  • Experiencing cravings for opioids
  • Showing signs of withdrawal or intoxication
  • Changes to eating and sleeping habits, such as loss of appetite, weight loss, or trouble with your sleep/wake cycle
  • Self-isolation, or changing friend groups to associate with people who use or supply opioids
  • Trouble completing normal home, school, or work tasks
  • Abstaining from hobbies or interests that were once important
  • Stealing money, medications, or valuables to purchase more opioids
  • Spending a lot of money on opioids
  • Legal problems related to opioid use, such as arrests, charges, convictions for drug possession, driving under the influence, or theft
  • Opioid use-related health problems, such as infections, injuries, liver damage, or overdose

Prolonged opioid abuse can affect your physical health in many ways. The effects may not be completely obvious at the beginning of an opioid dependency as many of them remain internal. Opioids have the following effects on organs and bodily systems:

  • Brain. Prolonged opioid abuse can change the normal functioning of the brain, making it more difficult to stop using opioids or feel normal without them. Opioid abuse can also cause the body and brain to become hypersensitive to pain, which makes it difficult to cope with pain without opioids. Your moods and emotions can also be severely affected, creating a feeling of euphoria or pleasure, but also increasing the risk of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts.
  • Respiratory system. Prolonged opioid use can slow down breathing, which will reduce the amount of oxygen available to the brain and other vital organs. This will cause organ damage or even death. Overdosing on opioids is a life-threatening condition that typically occurs when someone overloads on opioids or mixes them with other drugs or alcohol. Opioid overdose can cause respiratory arrest, meaning breathing stops completely, and this will cause some level of brain damage, coma, or death.
  • Digestive system. Opioid abuse long-term can affect the muscles of the digestive system, leading to stomach cramps, constipation, nausea, and vomiting, The slowed gastrointestinal functioning and chronic constipation typically associated with opioid abuse also increases the risk of serious bowel problems, such as bowel perforation, obstruction, and infection. These conditions can cause internal bleeding, severe pain, and sepsis, which is a critical infection of the blood.
  • Cardiovascular system. The risk of heart problems, such as low blood pressure, heart failure, and irregular heartbeats is increased by opioid misuse damaging effects on the heart and blood vessels. Opioid abuse also increases the risk of blood clots developing, which block blood flow to the heart, lungs, and brain, causing heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, and strokes. These conditions can cause permanent damage to vital organs and be fatal.
  • Endocrine system. Long-term opioid use affects the hormones that regulate bodily functions, such as metabolism, growth, and reproduction by causing hormonal imbalances, such as low testosterone in men and irregular menstrual cycles in women. These imbalances can lead to infertility, sexual dysfunction, osteoporosis, and other health problems.
  • Immune system. The immune system can progressively weaken, due to heavy dependence on opioids, and this makes it harder for the body to fight off infections and diseases. Opioid abuse can also increase the risk of contracting infectious diseases, such as hepatitis and HIV, particularly if the user shares needles or other injection mediums with others. These diseases cause serious complications, such as cancer, liver damage, and AIDS.

These are only a few of the many complications and effects that opioid abuse can have on a person. Reaching out to a residential treatment facility or medical professional early enough can save you from permanent organ damage, brain damage, hospitalization, or even death.

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The community vibe we foster at Spero Recovery enables our clients to feel comfortable and teaches them interpersonal skills. We want to create a safe environment for our clients; our goal is to provide a space where they can become the people they have always wanted to be.

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At Spero Recovery, we immerse our guests into a 12 Step community. They find sponsors, meet up with them regularly, and work through the 12 Steps. Members of the community pass down the gift of recovery to our clients, which allows them to begin the process of recovery and eventually pass on the gift to other clients.

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We also offer experiential programming – hikes and other outdoor activities. We also have a full woodworking shop. Inviting specialists onto the premises—such as meditation teachers and chefs—is one of our favorite things to do. Our goal is to teach our guests essential life skills and the importance of building relationships.

What Does Addiction Treatment for Opioids Involve?

Opioid dependency and addiction treatment will use a combination of behavioral therapies, medications, and aftercare services. The right combination of treatment practices will be determined by a healthcare professional and will vary from person to person. A few common treatment elements are:

Currently, there are three FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid addiction. These are buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone. These medications work by either diminishing the cravings and withdrawal symptoms of opioids or by blocking opioid effects.

Often people’s thoughts, behaviors, and feelings heavily contribute to their addictions and dependencies. Behavioral therapies for addiction strive to help patients address these challenges and shift their thoughts and behavior to be more positive. This helps patients learn to cope with stress, triggers, and cravings while developing life skills and strategies to prevent relapse.

Aftercare or support services for addiction are value-added resources that help people dependent on or addicted to opium address their social, emotional, and practical needs. Support services can include peer support groups, case management, recovery coaching, housing help, employment assistance, legal aid, and health care.

Reach Out To Spero Recovery Today for Help

opioid addiction treatment center in ColoradoAt Spero Recovery Center, we prioritize the 12-step process in a peer-based approach that allows our men to interact one-on-one and build lasting relationships and support teams. We encourage honesty and accountability, and this sets our clients up for long-term recovery while reducing the likelihood of relapsing. Recovery in a group setting of one’s peers has shown great effectiveness at boosting a person’s recovery process.

We offer a residential treatment program for men that ranges from a minimum of 30 days up to 90 days, all within a serene setting in the woods with beautiful homes and high-end appliances. We believe that everyone has the right to accessible and quality care. Contact us today to begin your journey towards recovery and rehabilitation. You deserve to live a stable and healthy life.

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