Treatment for Opioids Abuse

Opioids come in many forms. Illicit opioids, such as heroin and opium, produce powerful feelings of pleasure and relaxation when ingested. On the other hand, prescription opioids, such as OxyContin, Dilaudid, and morphine, are powerful pain relievers that can help people with debilitating pain to recover from injury, heal from surgery, or simply retain their ability to function in everyday life. Like their illicit cousins, however, even prescription opioids can be misused, and when used recreationally, they can produce the same high as heroin and opium. While prescription opioids tend to be relatively safe when used as directed, all opioids present a risk of misuse, and with long-term misuse can come the possibility of developing an opioid use disorder. Once this disorder develops, few people are able to overcome their opioid misuse without help.

Fortunately, at The Manor Clinic, we understand the pain and danger that can result from opioid misuse, but we also know that hope exists for healing. As such, we provide comprehensive treatment that gives those who are struggling with opioid misuse the chance to retake their lives and experience long-term sobriety.

Why Consider Treatment at The Manor Clinic

If it is not addressed, opioid misuse can be dangerous and life-altering. People who misuse opioids commonly suffer occupational and relational harm, as they are often unable to maintain adequate performance at work and often begin to lose relationships as their opioid misuse progresses. This can result in job loss, financial strain, long-term unemployment, homelessness, divorce, and social isolation. Opioid misuse can also affect a person physiologically. Depending on one’s opioid of choice and method of ingestion, those who misuse opioids can be at a higher risk of contracting infections such as HIV or hepatitis C as a result of sharing dirty needles. In addition, the drugs can cause organ damage and gastrointestinal problems, and a person may even be injured or killed as a result of accidents while high or being a victim of drug-related violence. Furthermore, a potentially fatal overdose is always a risk. While these consequences can be dire, with prompt, effective treatment, it is possible to overcome this condition and reclaim one’s life from opioid misuse.

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Types of Treatment Offered at The Manor Clinic

The Manor Clinic is where recovery is possible. Located in Southampton, this 15-bed centre supplies high quality treatment to men and women who are struggling with addictions to substances and co-occurring mental health disorders. With ensuite rooms that are accessible to individuals with limited mobility and treatment methods and modalities that are proven effective in helping adults break free from chemical dependency, this centre is where lives are transformed for the better.

The team of professionals who deliver treatment at The Manor Clinic go above and beyond to help patients reach their recovery goals and are able to do so because of their expertise in treating people battling the disease of addiction. Respect for the dignity of each person entrusted into our care is revered, and the therapeutic experience at this centre is focused solely on the needs of each patient. When a man or woman elects to receive care at The Manor Clinic, a customised plan of care will be devised, and will include only the most appropriate protocols that will enable the individual to recover and heal in a lasting way. Depending on the programme that a person participates in, whether it is our 7, 14, or 28 day programme, the following methods of treatment are those that can be incorporated into a man or woman’s personally tailored treatment plan:

Medically assisted detox: When a man or woman embarks on the journey towards a recovered life at The Manor Clinic, he or she may require detoxification services at the start of his or her care. Medically assisted detox, which is supervised by our team of medical professionals, is offered to help patients clear their bodies of substances of misuse, such as opioids, and enables them to achieve the clarity of mind to participate in other elements of our treatment. Detox at our centre can be administered for up to a week, though the length of time a patient spends in our detox level of care can vary based on the patient’s needs.

Medication management: For patients who require pharmaceutical intervention in order to manage mental health condition symptoms while working to defeat an addiction to opioids, our centre is pleased to provide medication management services to those who require it. Our psychiatrists are on-hand to assess the need for and prescribe medication, and our on-call doctors and 24-hour nursing staff supervise the progress and effectiveness of any medication given.

Group therapy: For many individuals, struggling with an addiction to opioids can be a painfully lonely experience, with many thinking no one can understand what they are going through. At The Manor Clinic, however, we aim to eliminate this feeling and thought process by offering group therapy opportunities from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day. During group therapy sessions, patients benefit from the support of their peers and are given skills and guidance from our clinical team to leave their substance misuse in the past. Among the various types of groups and group topics covered in sessions, the following are but a few examples of group therapy experience at our centre:    

  • Patient-centred groups that focus on addiction-related topics
  • Disease concept
  • Working the programme
  • Family / relationships issues
  • Work-related issues
  • Social life concerns
  • Anger management
  • Assertiveness
  • Mood management
  • 12-Step groups

Individual therapy: At The Manor Clinic, group therapy meets most of our patients’ needs. However, at the care planning stage at the start of a patient’s treatment programme, individual therapy needs are discussed with all patients on our longer treatment programmes. If it is felt the patient would benefit from one to one therapy, it will be applied at a certain stage of treatment and tailored to the individual’s needs.

Family support:  We support patients’ families and significant others in a safe environment to help them understand addiction. The weekend sessions help the family develop constructive ways they can help their loved ones overcome their addiction as well as caring for themselves. Our family liaison workers lead these sessions, and these staff members are highly trained to work with the primary support networks of people struggling with addiction. This support, including 24/7 telephone support remains available to family members even after the person they care about has completed treatment with us.

Experiential therapy: Being able to heal one’s mind and body are important when recovering from an addiction to opioids. For this reason, The Manor Clinic includes various experiential therapies that are meant to help patients experience healing in a profound way. The below listed therapies are among those that can be incorporated into patients’ care plans so that the men and women we treat can benefit from our holistic approach to addiction treatment:

  • Yoga
  • Aftercare group
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation

Treatment at The Manor Clinic is a truly personal and unique experience. We tailor each treatment plan to meet the needs of those we treat, and we strive to ensure that each man and women entrusted into our care achieves his or her recovery goals. Furthermore, in choosing to recover from addiction to opioids at The Manor Clinic, patients become part of our family, and are able to receive continued support from other alumni via our Alumni Services long after completing treatment at our exemplary centre.

If you or someone you care about is in need of effective addiction treatment, look no further than The Manor Clinic. Our staff is available to answer any questions that you or your friend or family member may have, and we are happy to help you determine if our centre is where the next and sober chapter in your life can commence.

At The Manor Clinic, a healthier, substance-free future awaits.

Helping a Loved One Get Treatment

When someone is struggling with opioid abuse, you may feel a host of different emotional reactions. You may feel angry, betrayed, scared, sad, helpless, or a combination of these and other emotions. While there is no right or wrong way to feel about their struggle with opioids, you do not have to feel helpless. The following are a few ways you can take action to help them get the assistance he or she needs:

  • Learn about opioids, the signs and symptoms of opioid use, and in particular, learn about their opioid(s) of choice. While opioids are chemically similar and can have similar effects on the body, a struggle with prescription medications often looks different to a struggle with heroin, so it can be of benefit to learn specifics about the opioid(s) they are misusing.
  • Research the treatment options available at The Manor Clinic.
  • Share your concerns. While remaining open and non-judgmental, inform them that you are aware of his or her struggle with opioid misuse and that you want to help. Try your best to be patient, as they are in crisis and may not respond well to your first few attempts to talk with him or her about the problem. Above all, make sure to maintain your relationship with him or her and do not let these discussions turn into arguments.
  • When they are ready to begin treatment, present him or her with your research, help with scheduling appointments and handling logistical issues, and do whatever you can to make your loved one’s transition into treatment as smooth as possible. While he or she is in treatment, remain an active and involved source of support.
  • During this process, ensure you are also taking care of yourself. It can be tempting to ignore your own wellbeing in favour of addressing their needs, but you will be the most helpful to your loved one if you are focusing on caring for yourself. Eating healthy, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and seeking the support of family and friends are all good ways to ensure you will not burn out in the process of caring for them. In addition, you may want to consider joining a support group or beginning individual therapy to help you cope with their opioid misuse.
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