Opioids are on the forefront of the media’s attention today, and for good reason. Since they were first discovered, they’ve been responsible for death and addiction worldwide. Heroin, fentanyl, Oxycontin, and Vicodin are all part of this family tree of drugs, and they all are very addictive and dangerous. And yet, people fall victim to these drugs all the time. Well, however one is introduced and addicted to these drugs, it doesn’t change the fact that if a person becomes addicted, they need to escape its clutches or risk their life staying addicted. Luckily, there are ways to get free of opioids.


Detox, the First Step

Discovery InstituteOpioids are seductive and fast-acting in their hold over a person’s mind, so the sooner they’re out of one’s system, the better. After beginning detox, it is important to have medical help ready, in case the body goes through a dangerous withdrawal symptom. Opioid withdrawal symptoms can be fatal, so going through with it at a clinic can be one of the safer ways of doing it. Of course, withdrawal can be done anywhere. But since withdrawal symptoms can be counteracted with a dose of naloxone, which a clinic would have readily available, it is much safer doing it there.


Rehab, an Ongoing Process

Addiction is as much mental as it is physical and chemical, and so rehab covers the mental part as much as the other two. People are generally aware of 12-step programs, which are the gold standard of recovery efforts. They put people in contact with others who are trying to stay clean and those who have been clean for a while, which builds a positive community, and they can give first-hand advice and support. There are other ways to go about the post-detox rehab, such as counseling or rest and relaxation, or picking up a hobby. All of these are great ways to reinforce a clean lifestyle in one’s mind.

If you know someone struggling with opioid addiction, give them our contact info or contact us at 844-478-6563 to talk to the best New Jersey rehab center in the state.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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