Opioid & Opiate Treatment & Rehab
Holistic, Non 12-Step Addiction Treatment Center in Hawaii
The Unfair Cycle of an Opioid Addiction
We know that an opioid addiction can feel like it was forced on you. Maybe you were prescribed an opiates treatment plan following a surgery, or to treat chronic pain. You were simply following doctor’s orders.
Then, if you tried to stop, you could have felt that rush of pain, followed by a rush of anxiety. Most of us don’t know what to do when we experience that much discomfort — so we go back and take another pill. Our body quickly develops a tolerance, and you may find yourself asking for a higher dosage.
A little later, you might get worried you’re taking too much; but when you try to lower your dosage, you feel that pain and anxiety again.
It’s a toxic, unfair cycle. You likely didn’t sign up for this, but you’re stuck with the consequences.
It’s time you find a program that can help you physically break your dependence on opioids, while helping you release the shame you’ve built up. It’s time to get back to the life you had before you took your first pill.
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FAQs Of Opioid Use
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• Detox Safely in a Medically-Supervised Environment
• Gain Skills to Stop Your Need to Use
• Regain Your Health & Vitality
• Learn How to Repair Your Relationships
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It’s Time to Forgive Yourself
Many people struggling with an opioid addiction feel a great deal of shame around their habit. Shame is the gasoline that fuels addiction, so it’s essential to begin releasing some of it.
If you’re having a hard time doing that, consider this: say your dog, Moose, gets a piece of chocolate. To Moose, that chocolate is the best thing he’s ever tasted. If Moose has unlimited access to that chocolate, guess what? He’s going to keep eating more and more until, eventually, he gets sick.
When you first take an opioid, it’s a similar experience to Moose and the chocolate. Your brain has likely never been flooded with that many happy hormones at once, and it can be a surreal experience.
If you haven’t been shown the proper skills to say, “Actually, I’m okay without that,” you’re likely going to want to take more and more, until it progresses to the point where you can’t stop safely on your own.
It’s okay that you didn’t know when to say no to the chocolate. A good rehab program is here to show you how to feel completely fulfilled and joyous on a confection-free diet.
What effect do opioids have on the body?
Opioids trigger the reward center part of our brains in a powerful way; by initiating the release of endorphins (the “happy hormone”), the user feels immense pleasure after taking it.
Because of the intensity and addictive-nature of this substance, prescription opioids are typically only meant as short-term pain relievers for someone who is experiencing a high amount of pain (think after having surgery or breaking a bone.) After this two- or three-day window, it’s often recommended that the person switch to a pain medication that is less addictive.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some people are prescribed an opioid for too long of a period, and they start to develop a physical dependence to the medication. At the same time, they’re also building a tolerance — meaning their body is getting used to it, and they need more to feel the same effects.
In the above case, many doctors will not prescribe a higher dosage (or extend their prescription). This leads the person to go to illegal avenues to procure more opioids, which can include fentanyl (which can be laced with other dangerous substances) or heroin. These unknown, dangerous cocktails of drugs are also why there is such a high rate of overdose deaths associated with opioids.
This scenario of becoming addicted can happen within a very short time-span; it explains why some very high-functioning, well-balanced people can suddenly find themselves addicted to heroin and other illegal substances.
How To Cope With Pain
When we’re struggling with intense physical or mental pain, we often find ourselves willing to do anything to get away from it.
You’re not a bad person for wanting to dull your pain. Fortunately, there are alternatives available to mitigate your pain without having to take a dangerous substance like an opioid. At The Exclusive Hawaii, we are deeply experienced in treating your physical, mental, and emotional pain.
Physically: We offer a medically-supervised detox, where our medical team is with you every step of the way as you experience any discomfort from withdrawals. Our team can manage medication, but also offer a wide range of holistic services that can drastically lessen your discomfort. From acupuncture to nutritional therapy, your body will be well taken care of in our safe environment.
Emotionally: Our Experiential Engagement Therapy will show you how to begin releasing the shame associated with your opioid addiction. Our team of therapists will help you see how resilient you truly are. At the same time, they will demonstrate — and have you actively practice — self-regulation tools you can use to effectively manage your anxiety in future difficult situations.
Mentally: Sometimes the anxiety we build up around our pain can be worse than the pain itself. We can get so caught up in trying to avoid pain, that we forget it can actually be an important sensation to have. Pain allows us to see when something in our body is amiss, and it’s not something that should be villainized. Our therapists can help you learn to develop a relationship with your pain where you honor the feeling, but at the same time, find ways to alleviate it to a manageable level.
FAQs of Opioid Treatment
Opiates vs Opioids
While their terms are often used interchangeably, opiates and opioids mean two slightly different things.
Opiates are drugs that are naturally derived from opium alkaloid compounds (which are found in the poppy plant). Examples of opiates include opium, codeine, and morphine.
Opioids, on the other hand, include any drug (natural, synthetic, or partially synthetic) that interacts with the opioid receptors in our brain and gives a similar response people get from naturally-occuring opiates. These include heroin, oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxymorphone, fentanyl, and methadone, as well as the above opium, codeine, and morphine.
Side Effects of Opiate Abuse
It can be difficult to recognize when your loved one — or even yourself — is struggling with an opiate or opioid addiction.
If you suspect an opioid addiction may be at play, look for these physical side effects:
- Weight loss
- Frequent flu-like symptoms
- Uncontrollable cravings
- Lack of hygiene
- Decreased libido
- Mental fog
- Very small pupils
You're Not Alone
When dealing with your addiction, you might feel the tendency to isolate. Many people feel like they are the only one going through this struggle, and no one else they know could relate.
In actuality, there’s a good chance you know someone who is or has struggled with opioids. Currently, there are an estimated 2 million people in the United States who are struggling with a substance use disorder related to prescription opioid pain medication.
It’s very easy to become addicted to opioids; trust that you are not alone in your struggles.
Signs and Symptoms of Opiates Abuse
There are some things you can look for beyond the physical symptoms of someone struggling with an opiate addiction.
- Are they isolating more?
- Do they have a sudden financial problem?
- Have they stolen from a loved one?
- Do they go through extremes in regards to their exercise?
- Do they have extreme mood swings? (Including experiencing intense euphoria?)
- Does their mental health seem suddenly different?
- Have they been visiting multiple doctors? (They may be trying to find a new source.)
What is opioid withdrawal and what causes it?
After your body has built up a physical dependence to opioids, it’s been tricked to believe that it needs the drug to run properly. So if you stop taking the opioid, your body starts to experience withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawals symptoms can be very uncomfortable and dangerous.
For this reason, regardless of the dosage or amount of time you’ve been using opioids, you should always consult a doctor before detoxing. Stopping all at once, or “cold turkey,” can have some very serious side effects.
Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
- Muscle aches
- Excessive sweating
- Digestive issues
- Abdominal cramping
- Rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, you’ll also likely begin to re-experience that pain during your opiate withdrawals. Since you’ve been dulling the pain for so long, it might seem even more intense than it was before you started taking opioids.
When you seek the advice of a medical doctor, they can help you to decrease your usage over time. While you may still experience discomfort, you’ll be doing so under the guidance of a health care professional who can make sure you’re doing so safely.
The Exclusive Hawaii Treatment Options for Opiates Addiction
Holistic Services (to Help with Pain & more)
We understand that you’re likely going to feel some discomfort during your time with us (and that’s okay!) In the last ten years, our team has been able to find the most nurturing and effective holistic techniques to mitigate some of that pain. By offering you a variety of different options, hopefully you’ll be able to find a new, long-term holistic practice to follow when you go back home.
Our holistic services include:
- acupuncture (which can dramatically help with any sleep issues)
- yoga & fitness opportunities
- nutritional therapy (many people underestimate how much a healthy gut affects how we feel!)
- massage therapy
- meditation & conscious breathing
Heal in Paradise
• Secluded property on Big Island of Hawaii
• Private & shared rooms available
• Wide array of holistic services
• Maximum of 8 clients
How We're Different
Some substance abuse treatment centers focus only on your addiction. They’ll help you detox off of your opioids, but they often fail to dig into any underlying issues that contributed to your addiction. Much of your time is spent in support groups — where you’re asked to dredge up painful memories of your drug abuse over and over.
We believe that we learn best by doing. Because of this, we teach you specific self-regulation skills you can use to navigate your fight-or-flight response.
So next time you’re stressed out, instead of popping a pill, you can use EFT tapping to calm your body. Then you can use Mindful Inquiry to dive into the deeper fear you’re feeling in this moment. This is just one of many tools we teach you to create long-term change in your life.
How Do I Find Help for My Opioid Addiction?
Take a moment to breathe. While it may be hard, try to allow a small amount of pride to enter your body. Why? Because a lot of people get addicted to opioids — but not many of them take action. You have chosen to pursue treatment options. You have read through this whole page. You clearly cherish your life enough to want to get it back, and we think that’s something to be celebrated.
Call us today to see how we can help you take your life back.