Last updated: 04/2/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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Narcotics addiction is one of the most debilitating, dangerous addictions one can possibly suffer from. If you are dealing with one, it’s time you pursued inpatient drug rehab. There was a period of time when the term “narcotics” applied to all drugs and some people still use it that way, for example, narcotics officers. However, more specifically, narcotics are opioids, or opium, derivatives, and synthetic substitutes.
The word “narcotic” is related to the Greek word for “stupor.” Therefore, narcotics are those drugs that relieve pain and dull the senses.
Opioids form one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. They are highly addictive and users come to depend upon their effects. In fact, over a period of use, the brain and body will adjust and only function normally when drugs are present.
Narcotics are classified as Schedule II drugs by the DEA, meaning they have a high possibility for abuse, which can lead to intense physical or psychological dependence.
Dependence quite often leads to overdose and death, even among the most experienced users. Over time, an increased tolerance leads to larger and larger doses to achieve the same effect and these increasing doses raise the chances of a life-threatening outcome.
The best way to combat your addiction is with professional, structured rehab and the most effective form of rehab is inpatient treatment.
Why Should I Choose Inpatient Rehab for My Narcotics Addiction?
A complete narcotics treatment will require both the actual focused treatment and a period of detox, where you will transition from acutely addicted to a drug-free state. You can’t proceed properly with treatment until you go through detox and the best place to achieve both is in inpatient care, where your withdrawal symptoms can be dealt with via round-the-clock care.
Withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Intense cravings
- Chills and flushing
Some of the side effects of withdrawal will be easy to manage but others will be excruciating. You will want to have the consistent oversight of staff helping to relieve your discomfort.
Additionally, individuals with narcotics addiction frequently have accompanying mental disorders. An inpatient treatment facility will be able to address these co-occurring disorders and ensure that changes in one don’t negatively impact the other.
What Does Residential Treatment Offer for My Narcotics Addiction?
The primary benefit to living at the facility where you receive treatment is that it gets you out of the daily setting that has been facilitating and triggering your narcotics use. A narcotics addiction will leave your life in shambles. You may have stressed relationships with friends and family to the breaking point.
You may be on the verge of losing your job or living situation. These stressors can trigger additional drug use. When you are removed from your daily life, you not only cease to have access to drugs and a chance to use them, you also eliminate the environmental cues to use. You are able to fully focus on recovery.
Should I Choose to Remain Local or Look for Treatment Out-of-State?
Regardless of whether you remain local or go some distance, you should be looking for rehab that is proven effective. Depending on your location, that may mean that you have to travel. However, you may also wish to travel because you wish to increase the buffer between treatment and your everyday life. You need to pick the program that meets the majority of your treatment needs.
Your insurance may not cover an out-of-state program, so you will need to be mindful of that. However, you may be eligible for supplemental funding. Further, most treatment programs can help to arrange your financing.