Understanding Non-12 Step Holistic Approaches to Opioid Addiction Recovery.
This Wiki is in context to the Non 12 step program developed by Gulf Breeze Recovery called THRIVE: Total Health Recovery.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have declared the U.S. to be in the midst of an opioid epidemic. So what are Opioids? And if they are leading to so many instances of overdose why are they so easy to obtain? These natural and synthetic painkillers and analgesics include:
- Heroin (Diacetylmorphine)
- Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab)
- Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
- Meperidine (Demerol)
- Fentanyl (Sublimaze, Actiq)
- and even Tramadol.
Why Does Opioid Addiction Occur?
Unlike some chemicals where a certain predisposition might suggest greater or lesser risk of dependence and addiction, Opioids are universally addictive after short-term use leading to moderate or regular use. The high risk of addiction after just a short period of use is because they activate important reward centers in your brain.
How Do Opioids Work?
Opioid molecules travel through the bloodstream to the brain where they attach to receptors which trigger the release of endorphins, these neurotransmitters boost feelings of pleasure, creating a temporary but powerful sense of euphoria.
When an individual takes any form of the Opioids listed above, the body begins to slow the production of naturally occurring endorphins so the same amount of Opioids stop triggering a boost in pleasurable neurotransmitters and tolerance starts to develop requiring an increase in the dose needed to keep feeling good.
Since doctor's today are under tight controls when prescribing any form of opioid they are less likely to increase the dose or even authorize regular refills of an individual's current opioid prescription medication. For this reason, many people with chronic pain who have developed a dependence will ultimately turn to illegally obtained opioids or even heroin.
The Risks of Opioid Dependence and How it Leads to Addiction
Many illegally obtained drugs (street-drugs), such as fentanyl and heroin are laced with contaminants, or opioids of inconsistent strength and often increased potency which is often associated with the significant number of deaths overdose related to opioids.
Unfortunately for individuals who have been taking opioids for a regular or long-term basis, quitting these drugs can cause severe reactions or side effects and enhanced risks of their own, in addition to pain, which increases vulnerability to seek the substances (opioids) from illegal sources
Increasing the potency and addictive nature of opioids result from using them in ways other than prescribed including methods of administration such as crushing pills and snorting them, injecting the powder cooked into a liquid, or even smoking the powder on a piece of foil or in a pipe. Rapid delivery methods are often associated with drug overdose on opioids.
Taking any opioid medication for more than a few days increases your risk of becoming a long-term user, which increases your risk of addiction. An individual's likelihood or predisposition to become addicted increase after only five days on opioids.
Psychological and environmental factors play a role in addiction, which can be triggered by sudden changes in circumstances while taking opioid medications.
What are the Signs of Opioid Abuse?
Although everyone who uses opioids will experience virtually the same increase in dopamine release in the same reward centers of the brain, many people use narcotics responsibly and do not develop dependence leading to abuse and addiction. However, those in our population who are prone to more extreme reward-seeking behavior, for a whole host of psychological reasons and conditions, are especially vulnerable. The following signs and symptoms may be indicative of opioid intoxication:
- Sudden or unexplained changes in behavior such as agitation, impaired judgment
- Drowsiness or apathy
- Impaired attention or memory
- Slurred speech
- Constricted pupils
- Dry mouth
- Abdominal cramping
- Depressed respiration
THRIVE is a unique holistic, non-12 step program for overcoming chronic relapse in opioid addiction.
Gulf Breeze Recovery's holistic, non-12 step addiction recovery program THRIVE® works to reveal the natural wellness and strength of the individual that is present in everybody from birth. This approach to rehabilitation stands in stark contrast to traditional 12-step recovery programs and is one of the reasons why our program can work for people when traditional methods have not.
While traditional addiction recovery programs may work for some people, they do not work for everyone. In fact, there is mounting evidence that traditional 12-step programs may be detrimental to the recovery process of some. Focusing on resentments, addictive thoughts and rituals while outlining numerous steps that someone trying to overcome addiction must go through to replace and resist their addictive behaviors is not an effective remedy for many who have tried this method. This doesn’t mean that the traditional method is bad, it just means that it doesn’t resonate with everyone.
Laura's descent into addiction is not so unusual but her recovery from opioid addiction was remarkable!
The THRIVE® Total Health Recovery Program was developed by a team of addiction recovery experts who wanted to help people understand the true underlying cause of their addiction problem rather than band-aid their feelings of discomfort with the routines, rituals, and the doctrine of traditional treatment models. The team also focused on the unmet needs of those who were suffering from chronic relapse. Inspired by the Three Principles of Psychology (Mind, Thought, and Consciousness) they determined to create a program that would represent a paradigm shift in the current model for addiction treatment to a more effective method.
The THRIVE® program is a holistic approach that employs the three principles to reacquaint individuals to their own natural health, resiliency, and serenity. This insight-based method helps people rediscover and reconnect with who they really are.
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