Ahoskie Treatment Center Opens – The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald

Opening of the Ahoskie Treatment Center

Posted at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2022

AHOSKIE – Do you have a family member or friend who “has a problem with drugs?”

The Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce sponsored a groundbreaking ceremony for the Ahoskie Processing Center on October 28. The company is located at 312 Academy Street. Employees celebrating the event included, left to right, Brittany Howell, NP; Jimmy Vaughan, CADC-R clinician; Diakia Wainwright, RN nursing supervisor; Delana Holland, RPN; Charla Huff, LCAS, CSS-I, program director; and Jerry Roth, LCAS-A, counseling supervisor. Staff photo by Holly Taylor

Today more than ever, substance use has become an undesirable fabric in our society. In particular, those trapped in the vicious circle of opioid use are more aware of the growing number of individuals within the opioid epidemic which has negatively impacted socio-economic and family structures in the within society. Opioid addiction is often an unpleasant subject that is attached to a public stigma often mistakenly associated with the idea that it describes a condition related to those who exhibit drug-seeking behaviors and that the person can abstain from consuming substances based on one’s own capacity for self-use. -control.

Why do people “choose” to use opioids? Opioid addiction occurs when the body reaches a level of adaptability where it relies on an opioid to prevent withdrawal. Mental health can certainly play a role in initial use, as a younger generation seeks to numb the pain caused by emotional, mental, physical, or sexual abuse. Sometimes the use of “harmless painkillers” can start with a well-meaning, trusted family member sharing an opioid medication.

Opioids flood the brain with dopamine, a chemical that triggers reward circuits in the brain, encouraging the individual to use it repeatedly. However, a lesser-known etiology story is that opioid use often begins as “just a painkiller” that may have been prescribed by a trusted physician. For example, have you ever been prescribed oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine or fentanyl? Opioid addiction can develop after a prescription for a long-term sustained injury, with the development of an unconscious addiction even in the person taking the drug, until the prescription is terminated, the person stops using use and withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, nausea, diarrhea, and bone pain. These types of opiate dependence etiologies are common and often overlooked by family members, as the individual is trapped in a cycle of shame and illness that largely affects their ability to manage their daily needs.

Abdominal cramps, loss of appetite, anxiety, restlessness, body aches, diarrhea, dilated pupils, high heart rate, high blood pressure, irritability, nausea and vomiting, sweating, watery eyes, yawning, and runny nose are often symptoms associated with opioid withdrawal. Behavioral patterns such as sleep and slurred speech, increased financial expenses, and poor hygiene can become obvious signs of opioid use, as increased amounts of opiates are needed to avoid the weaning.

Conversely, the need for increased amounts of opiates compels an individual to engage in risky behaviors, often seeking heroin and fentanyl use when pill forms of opioids are not available in sufficient quantities to prevent the withdrawal.

Finding a treatment modality for opioid addiction is often a daunting task, not only for the individual but also for the family member. Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT), which uses both agonist and antagonist drugs to normalize brain chemistry, block the euphoric effects of opioids, reduce food cravings, and normalize bodily functions without the euphoric effects of the substance used, is often a successful choice for people who have experienced long-term opiate addiction. Combined with therapeutic interventions and medications, MAT has been used to save lives and prevent an opioid overdose when a person becomes addicted.

The Ahoskie Treatment Center (owned by Behavioral Health Group) located at 312 Academy Street in Ahoskie offers physician-assisted treatment for opioid addiction combined with counseling services to help individuals along their journey to recovery. For more information, call (252) 513-8544.

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