Opioid use and addiction are on the rise across the country. Increased access to prescription opioids can lead to abuse, dependency, and illegal substance abuse. Unfortunately, opioid use is prevalent among the LGBTQ community. Because opioids are relatively easy to get and provide a calming or numbing effect, they’re commonly used to self-medicate for those struggling with prejudice, bigotry, and those who have trouble seeking safe medical and psychiatric support. For many people using opioids, it’s easy to hide drug use and maintain a relatively normal life. However, over time, physical and psychological effects may become detrimental. Some may try to quit opioids at home, which often leads to relapse or overdose. Today, there are safe substance abuse treatment programs for the LGBTQ community to overcome opioid addiction.
If you are looking for an opioid addiction treatment center, call La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center today. Our substance abuse treatment and mental help programs provide safe and effective healing for LGBTQ individuals and the greater community. Start opioid addiction treatment today by calling us at 888.903.9898.
Signs of Opioid Addiction
Opioids are the active ingredient in many prescription painkillers like Vicodin and OxyCodone. They alter brain chemistry, making them highly addictive. Opioids decrease both physical and emotional pain. However, when a person takes opioids regularly, they quickly build a tolerance and become dependent. This means they need a higher dose to feel the same effects. The effects of opioids on the brain make it nearly impossible to quit opioid use cold turkey and detox without medical support. Opioids are highly addictive and change a person’s behavior. Signs of opioid abuse include:
- Increased alcohol consumption to increase opioid effects
- Mood swings
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Acting intoxicated without drinking
- Aggression, violent tendencies
- Irrational, reactionary behavior
Like any addiction, opioid use can cause changes in behavior. When opioids change the brain’s chemistry, a person will do anything they can to replenish opioid levels in the body. This includes lying, manipulating, theft, and other drug-seeking behavior. For many, prescription opioid use can lead to heroin.
Opioid Detox At La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center
At La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, opioid detox begins with medically assisted withdrawal. Doctors and nurses monitor our clients with 24/7 care during detox. Initial withdrawal is often the most challenging part of recovery. Sometimes, our clients will receive medication like methadone to taper off opioid use. Medically assisted detox can prevent future relapse, lessen withdrawal symptoms, and watch for addiction-related health problems. Sometimes, withdrawal symptoms can last longer than the initial detox. Post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) causes withdrawal symptoms to reoccur months or years after drug use. An LGBTQ detox and rehab program can provide initial medical assistance and outpatient support to manage symptoms of PAWS later in recovery.
With La Fuente’s medically assisted detox, users can recover safely from opioid addiction with other community members. We believe we’re stronger together.
Begin Opioid Addiction at La Fuente Hollywood Today
Opioid use and addiction affect people from all walks of life. If you or someone you love in the LGBTQ community is struggling with opioids, heroin, or other addictions, you are not alone. If you’re ready to overcome opioid dependency, call La Fuente’s addiction treatment center today. Our Southern California-based LGBTQ addiction treatment center helps community members navigate the early stages of rehab from detox to psychiatric treatment. Our programs include:
- Treatment for MDMA, ketamine, and other party drugs
- Opioid, prescription drug, and alcohol recovery
- Inclusive group therapy
- Family therapy
- Partial hospitalization programs
- Outpatient programs
- Alumni programs and sponsors
Call La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center today at 888.903.9898 to get started.