America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. The easy availability of prescription opioids like OxyContin, hydrocodone and other painkillers has led to widespread abuse of these drugs. The problem doesn’t stop there. As prescription drug abusers fall deeper into addiction, they seek the cheaper and more potent high of heroin – compounding their health and legal risks. Infinite Recovery specializes in treating opioid and heroin addiction and breaking this downward spiral of abuse. Our treatment program is specifically tailored to address each unique detail effecting those with heroin and opioid addiction.
Some people don’t get a second chance, the daily overdose casualty rate is 78 people every single day in the United States. It’s vital that treatment gets it right the first time. Infinite Recovery treats this as a life-saving mission.
WE KNOW THE ENEMY
Overcoming prescription drug and heroin addiction is notoriously difficult. It’s not uncommon for opioid abusers to relapse frequently and go in and out of treatment. The fastest growing demographic of heroin and opioid dependent users, 18 – 25 year olds, have not yet fully developed their pre-frontal cortex in the brain, which leads users to become dependent on these specific drugs for any sense of reward or emotional fulfillment. Our staff is specially trained to disrupt this cycle by moving beyond just breaking the physical and mental dependency on the drugs to instead using the 8 Dimensions of Wellness model to address the entire complex problem – the physical, emotional, and spiritual roots. We believe that once your addiction has been conquered, your potential is infinite. Not only do we specialize in treating opioid and heroin addiction, we’re living proof of the power of recovery. Most of our staff members have personally overcome opioid and heroin addiction or have helped their children overcome these addictions.
OUR TREATMENT METHODOLOGY
Because opioid and heroin addiction is so uniquely debilitating, we’ve developed our own clinical methodology to help clients get and stay sober. We offer free second opinions on treatment plans from any other recovery or rehab center. We also offer free family evaluations, where addicts and their loved ones can consult with an addiction specialist in an understanding, supportive and informed environment.
By combining medically assisted treatments Suboxone, Vivitrol, and Naloxone with world-class therapeutic interventions, Infinite Recovery has become the Gold Standard in prescription drug and heroin addiction treatment.
Our treatment method includes:
- Prescriptions for Vivitrol and Narcan
- Opiate Specific Education and Training
- Opiate and Heroin Overdose Education and Training
- Opiate Recovery Specific New Life Trainers – Former heroin addicts helping heroin addicts in a peer-to-peer coaching relationship
- Heroin Specific Recovery Groups
- Opiate Withdrawal Education and Training
- Opiate Specific Family Program
- Opiate and Heroin-Specific 12 Step Meetings
Vivitrol is the first and only once-monthly, non-addictive treatment for opioid or alcohol dependence. Vivitrol, when used within the treatment program setting, has proven to be one of the most effective treatments for opioid dependence.
At Infinite Recovery we strongly suggest that people dependent on opioids entering our specialized opioid treatment program be evaluated to receive Vivitrol during treatment and after discharge.
Infinite Recovery understands the reality of heroin and opiate addiction. That is why we want to equip family and loved ones with the life-saving tools that are necessary to continue a path of recovery, whether it is sustained or restarted entirely.
Every opioid addicted person that is admitted to our program is given Narcan as part of our harm reduction approach to opioid dependence. The Narcan dose may never be used by the person, but may be beneficial for the person to have on hand “just in case” he or she is in a situation where a friend or loved one is overdosing on heroin.
Parents, Loved Ones and Narcan
Parents are trained on Narcan administration and given Narcan at our family program. We believe that this simple step could have a tremendous impact on those affected by opiate addiction. Infinite Recovery believes that the reality of opiate overdose cannot and should not be avoided when confronting the national opioid epidemic. Narcan is a simple tool that could save thousands of lives around the country.
THE SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM
An estimated 1.2 million Americans are addicted to prescription painkillers, while 467,000 are addicted to heroin. This is a deadly problem. In 2014 there were 18,893 deaths from prescription opioid overdose and 10,574 from heroin overdose. This epidemic is directly tied to the increase in prescription of opioid narcotics. From 1999 to 2008, the overdose death rate from opioids quadrupled. Not coincidentally, the sales of prescription opioids also quadrupled over that period. In 2012, American doctors wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioids for a population of just over 300 million people.
THE SPIRAL OF ABUSE
Debilitating and deadly addiction to opioids often begins seemingly innocently, with a prescription from a doctor. Users then start using these pills recreationally, then develop a dependency.
As access to expensive prescription drugs dries up, users turn to heroin, which is cheaper and easier to obtain – 80% of new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers and 94% of users said they moved to heroin because it is cheaper and easier to obtain.
In addition to the inherent risk of buying illegal drugs, heroin abusers put their lives in the hands of unscrupulous dealers – who often cut their drugs with the cheap and powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl. Fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin, which means each dose of street heroin poses the potential for deadly overdose.
At this point, users are powerless over their addiction and risk death with every use.
RECOGNIZING OPIOID AND HEROIN ADDICTION
Because opioid and heroin abuse often begin with legally obtained prescription drugs, it can take time before a problem becomes apparent. If you suspect that a loved one is addicted to opioids, look for these signs:
- Frequent visits to the doctor (or multiple doctors) with complaints of unspecified pain
- Mood swings
- Unusual financial issues
- Periods of euphoria and sedation
- Constricted pupils
- Nodding off
If you suspect that a loved one has a problem, we can help. Our admissions specialists can help you talk to a loved one about addiction and give you the tools to schedule an intervention.