detox specialist preparing for medication assisted treatment programRenaissance Recovery Center is proud to announce the launch of our Medication-Assisted Treatment Program (MAT) in Orange County, CA. Renaissance Recovery and its respective leadership have completed a year of research and development, and we’re finally prepared to effectively launch our MAT program.  In addition to our MAT program, we also offer a range of addiction treatment programs to provide the support necessary for long-term addiction recovery from opioid abuse disorder.

Signs of Opioid Abuse

According to the National Safety Council, the odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are significantly greater than those of dying in a car accident. The CDC reports 70,237 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States in 2017, compared to 37,133 deaths from car accidents in 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This high number of opioid overdose fatalities is a national problem. Families across the country from all walks of life have had to deal with the death of a loved one due to opioid abuse.

Although each person has different indications that they are abusing opioids, some of the most common signs are:

  • Inability to control opioid use
  • Uncontrollable cravings for opioids
  • Drowsiness and changes in sleep habits
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Frequent flu-like symptoms
  • Lack of hygiene
  • Isolation from family or friends
  • Stealing from family, friends, or businesses
  • New financial difficulties

If you or a loved one exhibits one or more of these signs, contact Renaissance Recovery right away by either calling 866.330.9449 or completing our convenient online form.

Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

Opioid abuse is such a widespread issue, and many people would love to stop using opioids altogether. However, it can be nearly impossible for people to stop using opioids without the help of medical professionals. Also, if people try to end opioid abuse on their own, it can be dangerous or even fatal.

If someone addicted to opioids tries to quit “cold turkey,” they go through the process of withdrawal. After the first twenty-four hours without opioids, withdrawal symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Muscle aches
  • Anxiety
  • Excessive sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness

After the first day without opioids, the symptoms become more severe, including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • High blood pressure

In extreme cases, it is even possible to die as a result of opioid withdrawal. So, how can someone safely quit opioid abuse? One option offered at Renaissance Recovery is our medication-assisted treatment program (MAT).

What Is a Medication-Assisted Treatment Program?

Medication-assisted treatment uses FDA-approved medications in conjunction with other counseling and behavioral therapies. This treatment option is overseen by a medical doctor who has received the additional necessary training to treat substance use disorder with the assistance of conjunctive medication.

Research has shown that a combination of medication and therapy can successfully treat these disorders, and for some people struggling with addiction, MAT can help sustain recovery.

A Common Misconception About MAT

A common misconception associated with MAT is that it substitutes one drug for another. Instead, these medications relieve the withdrawal symptoms and psychological cravings that cause chemical imbalances in the body. This provides stability for the client so that they can begin the necessary clinical work they need in order to achieve long term recovery.

Buprenorphine, approved for use in 2002 by the FDA, represents the latest advance in MAT. Utilization of Buprenorphine in combination with other treatment modalities provide a whole-patient approach to opioid dependency. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist. An opioid agonist satisfies the body’s craving for opiate, which eliminates withdrawals. However, the main point is that Buprenorphine does not produce the same level of euphoria. Buprenorphine has a “ceiling effect,” which reduces the potential for misuse.

Benefits of Medication-Assisted Treatment Program

There are many benefits to our medication-assisted treatment program in Orange County, CA, including:

  • Safety – Medication-assisted treatment is safer than quitting at home because people are under the supervision of trained medical professionals.
  • Less chance of relapse – Medications used in MAT blocks the effects of opioids in the brain. People don’t get the “high” that they crave, and as a result, are less likely to seek out opioids to abuse.
  • Sustained recovery – Because MAT normalizes brain chemistry, people with opioid addictions can truly focus on their treatment plans. As a result, there is a higher chance for people to maintain their recovery because they have a stronger foundation.
  • Lower crime rate – Numerous studies have shown that people who complete MAT are less likely to commit a crime and less likely to be incarcerated.
  • Cost-effective – Billions of dollars each year are lost due to lost productivity at work, health care fees, and costs associated with the criminal justice system. Medication-assisted treatment has been proven to significantly reduce these costs.

What Is Dual Diagnosis Treatment?

Renaissance Recovery Center provides comprehensive dual diagnosis addiction treatment to treat the underlying mental health conditions contributing to your drug addiction, in addition to the symptoms of your drug addiction. Upon your admission into a mental health treatment center in Orange County, the addiction treatment staff will conduct a mental health assessment to compile a personalized addiction treatment plan that works best for you.

Other Addiction Treatment Programs and Addiction Therapy Services at Renaissance

To treat opioid abuse, typical treatment programs at Renaissance Recovery include addiction treatment programs and addiction therapy services such as:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy – Our cognitive-behavioral program focuses on several core ideas. The treatments address the flawed and unhelpful thoughts or responses. These are the basis of many psychological problems, such as addiction. Unlike other therapy methods, cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on your current situations. You don’t have to focus on your past. Cognitive-behavioral therapy shows you how to recognize your unhelpful, distorted thoughts that cause problems. In addition, this treatment allows you to understand your behavior and the motivations behind them. Treatment modalities might include encouraging you to face your fears or roleplaying reactions to certain situations. Additionally, cognitive-behavioral therapy helps you calm your body and mind when you get stressed.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy – Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is a treatment option that medical specialists use to treat many issues, including addiction, depression, PTSD, and other personality disorders. The skills you learn in dialectical behavior therapy help you to tolerate distress and negative emotions. You can also improve your ability to regulate your emotions and be mindful of the moment. Additionally, you learn how to communicate with other people. Through the dialectical behavior therapy program in Orange County, CA, you learn how to stabilize yourself when things get uncomfortable or stressful. You’re able to ground yourself and maintain your inner peace.
  • Holistic therapy program – Holistic therapy works in conjunction with evidence-based therapies to treat the body, mind, and spirit of a person with an addiction. Holistic therapy practices include meditation, yoga, energy work, massage, and acupuncture. At Renaissance Recovery, our adventure-based program in Southern California includes hiking, rock climbing, or surfing. When you participate in these programs, you learn how to persevere through difficult circumstances. You also build relationships with people just like you and learn how to work in a team. Additionally, you gain hobbies that you can use to cope with stress after completing your outpatient addiction rehabilitation program.
  • Intensive outpatient rehab program – Our intensive outpatient rehab center in Orange County uses a science-based approach to recovery. The center explores the root causes of addiction with a focus on healing the mind and body. As a result, those unable to recover in the past see a higher success rate in an IOP. Renaissance Recovery offers many addiction treatment programs to match your lifestyle and help you transition after residential programs.
  • Outpatient rehab program – Outpatient rehab program patients live in our facility in Orange County, where they have some freedom to come and go, but the bulk of their days are spent in treatment sessions. This includes counseling, group therapy, and family therapy. This is for people who have really struggled during rehab and still have not addressed or resolved the core triggers that drove them to addiction. For people who have abused alcohol or substances for a long time or from an early age, outpatient drug rehab is a good choice.
  • Partial hospitalization program – A partial hospitalization treatment program works much differently than a residential program. In fact, people don’t live on campus during this program. Instead, they attend counseling and treatment sessions at the rehab center for hours at a time. When they aren’t in treatment, they return to their real place of residence.
  • Vocational development program – The vocational development program at Renaissance Recovery can help you become proactive in finding and preparing for the right job. We can take the burden off of getting employment by providing you with professional support until your first day on the job. Once you start working again, you will gain a sense of confidence, purpose, and self-reliance, which are all the elements you need for a successful long-term recovery.

No matter what addiction treatment program you require, the outstanding team at the Renaissance Recovery Center is ready to help.

Today Is the Day to Contact Renaissance Recovery Center

Today is the day to start the journey towards sobriety. If you or a loved one need a medication-assisted treatment program in Orange County, CA, contact Renaissance Recovery today to safely detox. Either call 866.330.9449 or complete our confidential online form to learn more about our addiction treatment programs.

man participating in medication assisted treatment