Opium Addiction Treatment Center

Opium Addiction Treatment Center

Opium addiction has persisted throughout history, deeply embedded in cultural practices and social norms across various regions, including parts of India. Traditionally used for medicinal purposes and social rituals, opium’s allure has evolved into a public health crisis characterized by widespread addiction, devastating health consequences, and socio-economic challenges. In recent years, efforts to address opium addiction have become increasingly urgent, with healthcare providers like Sequoia MD playing a pivotal role in providing comprehensive treatment and support.

Sequoia MD offers an individualized approach to opium addiction treatment with a unique direct-care model. We are here to help you find long-term recovery.

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Recovery is a process - not an outcome - and each individual’s recovery is different. Whether you you are looking to stop the cycle of using, continue to relapse despite your best efforts, or just curious about recovery, recovery is what it means to move forward.


There are three principal medications that are used to treat opiate dependence: buprenorphine (Suboxone), methadone, and naltrexone (Vivitrol). While we do not provide methadone, we do offer treatment with all other medications to treat opiate addiction. There are also a range of medications that help with other addictions, such as alcohol and benzodiazepines.
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What Are the First Steps of Opium Addiction Treatment?

The treatment of opium addiction typically begins with several essential steps aimed at ensuring safety, stabilization, and the initiation of a structured recovery process.

Assessment and Evaluation

The first step in opium addiction treatment is a comprehensive assessment conducted by healthcare professionals. This involves:

  • Medical Assessment: Evaluating the patient's physical health, including any acute or chronic medical conditions exacerbated by opium use.
  • Psychiatric Evaluation: Assessing for co-occurring mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, or trauma-related disorders.
  • Substance Use History: Gathering information about the duration and patterns of opium use, previous treatment attempts, and any withdrawal symptoms experienced.
  • Social and Environmental Factors: Understanding the patient's living situation, support networks, employment status, and other socio-economic factors that may impact treatment.

Medical Detox

For many individuals with opium addiction, the next critical step is medical detoxification:

  • Safe Withdrawal: Supervised withdrawal management ensures that patients safely navigate the physical and psychological symptoms of opium withdrawal. This process is overseen by healthcare professionals who monitor vital signs, manage symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and insomnia, and provide medications to alleviate discomfort.
  • Stabilization: The goal of detoxification is to stabilize the patient physically and mentally, preparing them for ongoing treatment. This phase typically lasts several days to a week, depending on the severity of addiction and individual health factors.

Assessment of Treatment Needs

Following detoxification, the treatment team collaborates with the patient to develop an individualized treatment plan:

  • Treatment Goals: Setting specific, measurable goals for recovery, such as achieving sobriety, improving physical health, addressing co-occurring disorders, and rebuilding relationships.
  • Treatment Modalities: Based on the patient's assessment, determine which therapies and interventions will be most effective. This may include behavioral therapies (such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), medication-assisted treatment (MAT), family therapy, and holistic approaches.
  • Cultural Considerations: Considering the patient's background, beliefs, and preferences to ensure treatment is culturally sensitive and aligned with their values.

Supportive Services and Ongoing Support

Throughout treatment, emphasis is placed on ongoing support and preparing patients for life after formal treatment:

  • Support Groups: Connecting patients with support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or SMART Recovery to foster peer support and accountability.
  • Family Involvement: Involving family members in therapy sessions to rebuild relationships, enhance communication, and create a supportive home environment.
  • Ongoing Support: Developing a personalized plan that includes strategies for maintaining sobriety, accessing community resources, ongoing therapy or counseling, and addressing potential relapse triggers.

Monitoring and Adjusting Treatment

Treatment progress is continually monitored, and interventions are adjusted as needed based on the patient's response and evolving needs:

  • Regular Assessments: Conducting periodic assessments to track progress towards treatment goals, evaluate mental health status, and adjust treatment plans accordingly.
  • Medication Management: Monitoring the use of medications prescribed as part of MAT, ensuring effectiveness and managing any side effects.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Encouraging patients to adopt healthy habits such as regular exercise, nutrition management, stress management techniques, and engaging in meaningful activities to support overall well-being.

Treatment Approaches at Sequoia MD

Sequoia MD is committed to addressing opium addiction through comprehensive, evidence-based treatment approaches that prioritize patient-centered care and holistic healing.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

MAT combines medications, such as buprenorphine, with behavioral therapies to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, stabilize patients, and support long-term recovery. Sequoia MD follows evidence-based practices in prescribing and monitoring medications to optimize treatment outcomes.

Individualized Treatment Plans

Sequoia MD develops personalized treatment plans customized to each patient's specific needs, preferences, and cultural background. Acknowledging the significance of cultural sensitivity, treatment plans may integrate traditional healing methods and community support networks to improve involvement and encourage recovery.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Many people who struggle with opium addiction also have co-occurring mental health disorders, such as depression or PTSD. Sequoia MD provides integrated treatment for dual diagnosis, addressing both substance use and mental health issues at the same time to improve overall outcomes and reduce the risk of relapse.

Stopping using feels great. However, moving away from drug use you have used every day for months or years is a big change.

Understanding Opium Addiction

Opium addiction, like other substance use disorders, is characterized by physical dependence and psychological cravings. The active compounds in opium, such as morphine and codeine, bind to opioid receptors in the brain and body, producing feelings of euphoria and pain relief. Continued use leads to tolerance, requiring higher doses to achieve the same effects, and withdrawal symptoms when use is reduced or stopped.

Health Impacts of Opium Addiction

Opium addiction takes a severe toll on physical and mental health:

  • Physical Health: Chronic use of opium can lead to respiratory issues, gastrointestinal problems, hormonal imbalances, and an increased risk of infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C.
  • Mental Health: Addiction is often accompanied by mood disorders, cognitive impairment, and increased risk of suicide. The cycle of addiction can exacerbate pre-existing mental health conditions or trigger new ones.
  • Social Consequences: Individuals may experience strained relationships with family and friends, social isolation, legal issues, and financial instability due to the costs associated with maintaining a drug habit.

As a patient moves into recovery away from an active substance use disorder, we start working to build treatment services and plans that can fit your unique situation.

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Opium Treatment at Sequoia MD

Recovering from opium addiction is a lifelong journey that requires continuous support. Sequoia MD offers access to support groups, peer counseling, vocational training, and educational workshops to assist patients in rebuilding their lives after treatment. Aftercare planning emphasizes strategies for preventing relapse and maintaining healthy behaviors.

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