It’s estimated that over two million Americans are addicted to prescription pain medications, and over half a million are addicted to heroin. If you or a loved one is wrestling with an opioid use disorder, the compassionate team at The Transformation Center in the Cordova neighborhood, Tennessee, provides customized detox treatments, counseling, and support to help patients recover from addiction. To schedule a consultation, call the office nearest you, or request one online today.

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What is opioid use disorder?

Addiction is the compulsive use of a substance despite increasingly dangerous consequences. If you have an opioid addiction or opioid use disorder, you’re using pain-relieving medications that are either derived from the poppy plant or synthesized in a laboratory.

For example, some common opioids that can lead to addiction include:

  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone/Lortab®
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone

Opioid use disorder, like other forms of addiction, distorts your thoughts and behaviors, and leads to poor decision-making.

What causes opioid use disorder?

The reason some people become addicted to opioids and pain relievers and others don’t isn’t fully understood. However, certain risk factors can increase your likelihood of developing opioid use disorder include:

  • Genetics and family history of addiction
  • Trauma
  • History of abuse
  • Other mental health disorders

Addiction can stem from abnormalities in your brain that lead to the intense cravings that make recovery challenging. Some studies show that these abnormalities become more intense with substance use.

These risk factors don’t necessarily mean that you’ll suffer from addiction, only that you may be more likely to become addicted to habit-forming substances.

How does opioid use disorder affect my body?

Opioid use disorder changes your brain function significantly, altering the areas of your brain responsible for decision-making, judgment, learning, and impulse control.

As a result, you may experience symptoms like:

  • Social and relationship problems
  • Performance issues at work or school
  • Engaging in dangerous or destructive behaviors
  • Spending money you don’t have on the addictive substance
  • Withdrawal symptoms when you can’t use the substance

Fortunately, addiction is treatable. The team at The Transformation Center believes you deserve a healthy and abundant life and want to help you recover from both the physical and mental aspects of addiction.

How is opioid use disorder treated?

The team at The Transformation Center understands the complex nature of opioid addiction and that recovery from any type of addiction takes time.

Moreover, they understand that addiction is a disease that can be treated, not a matter of a character deficiency that can’t be rectified.

Their team employs a combination of therapies through their Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and their Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). They may also recommend other treatments such as:

  • 12-step program
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Yoga

The Transformation Center offers resources to not only those struggling from addiction, but also for their families and loved ones. Their treatment programs provide the tools you need to overcome opioid use disorder and find happiness and peace in your life.

If you need help overcoming opioid use disorder, schedule a consultation with the team at The Transformation Center by calling the office nearest you or by booking online today.