An opioid is in a group of drugs that includes both prescription and illicit drugs. These are all opium-based. Heroin, hydrocodone, OxyContin, methadone and codeine are just a few examples of opioids.

Opiate addiction cannot be overcome without help. Most people who are addicted to opiates also suffer from co-occurring disorders that require professional treatment to help prevent a return to their chemical dependence.

Admitting You Need Help

There are several signs of opioid addiction. Some are much easier to see in illegal drug users, such as heroin addicts, than in someone who is addicted to prescription pain medications. Despite these “differences,” the signs of addiction are still the same. An opiate addict will exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Taking more of the drug than the doctor prescribed.
  • Crushing pills to snort, swallow or inject them.
  • Marks on the arms, feet or neck from injecting opioids. These are called track marks, and they look like small sores clustered in the injection area.
  • Slurred speech, a sedated manner, slow movement, a slow pulse and the inability to keep the head up, all without the presence of alcohol.
  • Complaining of pain and taking medication for it long after the pain symptoms should have subsided.

When these signs of abuse are present, it is time to start exploring opioid recovery programs.

What to Expect

Opiate addicts forget how to live a normal life. Much like an accident victim who has to relearn how to walk, a person who is in addiction remission has to relearn how to function properly in life again. Real Recovery can help.

Transitional sober living for opiate addiction offers accountability with freedom, teaches much-needed life skills, and provides tools needed for a life worth living. Some of our program’s features include:

  • Structured daily activities
  • Structured substance use outpatient treatment in downtown Asheville (IOP, OP and aftercare)
  • Intensive case management
  • Morning meditations and wind-downs daily
  • Life skills training and support (resume writing, financial planning, schedule creation)
  • Random, frequent and thorough drug and alcohol screening

The right addiction treatment program will also help create a plan for the future. This plan includes transitional steps back to independent living as well as building a support network. For people who are beginning a life of recovery, our opiate sober living program provides the necessary support for a better life:

  • Commitment to lifelong recovery
  • Finding and embracing a support network outside of rehab
  • Staying healthy physically, with follow-up appointments
  • Continuing mental and emotional healing from addiction
  • Avoiding relapse through proper maintenance and treatment, if applicable
  • Starting sobriety on the right track

Seeking Help for an Opiate Addiction

Making the decision to enter an opiate sober living program is a difficult one. Whether you or a loved one are addicted to heroin or prescription painkillers, seeking out help can provide the necessary tools for overcoming addiction and returning to a healthier and more productive life.

At Real Recovery of Asheville, our personalized treatment plans, qualified staff and tailored approach to recovery have a proven track record of success. For more information on treatment and sober living, please contact us.

The only way to change your life for the better is to seek out help. Take the first step and start your recovery today.