Opiate Use Disorder

Opiate misuse can lead to dependency and addiction

Opiate Use Disorder


Opiate abuse entails misusing prescribed opiates by taking them in a manner not prescribed for you. Opiate misuse can also entail utilizing other drugs in this class, including heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers illegally, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. Opiate misuse can harm your relationships, cause you to miss work, and lead to legal problems.                                                                                            

Opiate misuse can lead to dependency and addiction, which is known as opiate use disorder.

You may have an opiate use disorder if you meet some of the criteria below (this does not apply to those taking prescription opiates under appropriate medical supervision):

●       You often take opiates in a larger amount or over a longer period of time than intended.

●       You experience a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to control or cut down on your opiate use.

●       A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain opiates, use opiates, or recover from the effects of opiate use or abuse.

●       You experience cravings, or a strong desire to use opiates.

●       Opiate use results in failure to meet major role obligations at work, school, or home.

●       You continue to use opiates despite experiencing persistent or recurrent interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of opiates.

●       You may have given up or reduced important social, occupational, or recreational activities due to opiate use.

●       You use opiates in situations where it is physically hazardous.

●       You continue to use opiates despite experiencing persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problems likely caused or exacerbated by opiate use.

●       You experience tolerance, indicating a need to increase amounts of opiates consumed to achieve intoxication or a desired effect

●       You experience withdrawal

Opiate use disorder is a long-term (chronic) disease. It's not a weakness or a lack of willpower. Like many other diseases, it has a course that can be predicted, has known symptoms, and is influenced by your genes and your life situation.

The Treatment

This is a program for clients who need medical intervention to eliminate opiates from his or her body. The medical detox is performed in a private suite. Medications and other interventions are provided by specially trained, licensed nurses under physician supervision to help clients manage the symptoms of withdrawal. After completion of this program, the client and family will have the opportunity to participate in one of our outpatient treatment programs. To participate in this program, clients must be medically stable with no history of uncontrolled seizures, not currently pregnant, do not have acute hepatitis, uncontrolled hypertension, or any other uncontrolled mental or physical illness. This also includes no history of violence towards self or others.

This program includes:

●       Executive Program Level of Confidentiality

●       Screening, Intake, Orientation to our services

●       Physical Assessment by a physician or nurse practitioner

●       Individualized Treatment Planning with an interdisciplinary staff

●       Pharmacotherapy

●       Nursing services at least twice a day

●       Screening Laboratory fees

●       Cost of detox medications

With our program, there is no need to be concerned about pain or discomfort during detox. Our physician-supervised staff of highly trained registered nurses closely monitor every patient during opiate detox. Furthermore, as every individual has his or her own different needs, we provide a "client-specific" treatment plan, which means we will tailor our program for you or a loved one, and let you recover at your own pace.

At the Assisted Recovery Center of Georgia, our detox program includes the revolutionary drug Naltrexone. Naltrexone blocks the euphoric feeling that opiates cause in the brain. Clients utilizing Naltrexone as part of our Medication-Assisted Treatment report diminished cravings which allows clients to focus on their therapy while gaining the tools and skills needed to be successful in long term recovery.

More than just a traditional alcohol detox/opiate detox center, our beautiful Savannah, Georgia location serves the South East, including Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.