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Opioid addiction treatment at Right Path offers individuals struggling with opioid use disorder a comprehensive and compassionate path to recovery. With specialized programs and personalized care, our center is dedicated to helping individuals regain control of their lives and achieve lasting sobriety from opioids.

San Diego Opioid Addiction Treatment

Despite a slight downturn in opioid-related deaths in recent years, the massive misuse of prescription painkillers, heroin and synthetically produced opioids such as fentanyl remains a serious issue in the United States. More than 46,000 people died from an opioid overdose in 2018, according to a report by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. That’s more than 125 people every day.

Physicians commonly prescribe opioids to control pain after surgery. Opioids are very effective, binding to receptors in the brain and central nervous system to block the transmission of pain signals. While effective in treating pain, however, opioids are also very addictive, both psychologically and physically, and users continue to crave them even after they are no longer needed as originally prescribed.

When someone becomes addicted to opioids, they often resort to drastic behavior to acquire drugs – seeing multiple doctors to get more prescriptions, borrowing or stealing pills from family members or friends, forging prescriptions, or seeking out drug dealers who sell illegal opioids.

In addition to serious health implications, an opioid addiction can have a far-reaching psychological and social impact on individuals as well as their family, friends and colleagues. Among the effects of opioid addiction:

  • Personal relationships. Spouses, friends, and family members can all be affected by a loved one’s opioid addiction.
  • Professional status. People with opioid addiction often have problems at work, including absenteeism, inability to meet their responsibilities, or even job loss.
  • Criminal and legal issues. Drug-related crimes such as burglary, forgery, and possession or distribution of drugs are often committed by people with opioid addiction.

We’ve Helped Thousands of Individuals Overcome Drug and Alcohol Addiction

If you or a loved one are ready to overcome drug or alcohol abuse, our addiction specialists are here to guide you through every step. Many of our dedicated staff members are in long-term recovery themselves and understand firsthand the challenges of the recovery journey. This personal experience, combined with our professional expertise, allows us to offer compassionate, effective support tailored to your unique needs.

History Of Opioid Use

The use of opium, the natural source of opiates, can be traced all the way back to 3400 B.C. Opioids, believed to be introduced in the U.S. in 1775, were used as a pain reliever to treat injured soldiers during the Civil War in the 1860s. It wasn’t until 1914 that the American government began to regulate their recreational use.

The current opioid crisis can be traced to the early 1990s, when oxycodone was combined with a time-release ingredient to create OxyContin, the first opiate to provide extended relief from chronic pain. Designed to be released in the body over a 12-hour period, is was prescribed freely by physicians. But it proved to be highly addictive, and users quickly found they could crush or dissolve the pills and get an immediate high.

The second wave of the opioid crisis hit in 2010, when efforts were made to cut back on prescription opioids and users turned to heroin, which was cheaper and more readily available. The use of heroin – and subsequent heroin-related deaths – rose rapidly. In 2013, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl created the third wave of the opioid epidemic. In 2016 alone, there were more than 20,000 deaths attributed to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, which was mainly attributed to the increase in illicitly produced drugs.

How Opioids Affect The Brain And Body

Natural opioids, called opiates, are derived from the opium poppy plant, while synthetic opioids are manufactured in a laboratory. Both are very effective at blocking pain signals. They also affect the part of the brain that experiences pleasure or reward, flooding it with dopamine and sparking strong cravings and feelings of euphoria.

All opioids are highly addictive, and sustained use creates physical and psychological dependence. Over time, users develop a tolerance to opioids as their addiction grows. When they stop taking opioids, even for a short period, they may experience severe withdrawal symptoms such as tremors, dilated pupils, nausea, vomiting and abdominal cramping.

Other signs of an opioid addiction include:

  • Slurred speech 
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Drowsiness 
  • Poor coordination 
  • Irritability 
  • Poor decision making 

The longer someone takes opioids, the greater their danger of an overdose as they often take larger doses more frequently in an effort to experience the same effects.

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Our drug addiction and mental health treatment center proudly offers only the highest standard of care in addiction medicine and behavioral health, underpinned by our state-of-the-art facilities and a team of esteemed alcohol and drug treatment professionals. To get started, give us a call or request a call from an addiction specialist who can offer support and guidance for you or a loved one.

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Opioid Statistics

  • Synthetic opioid-involved deaths rise by 10%
  • 760,000 lost their lives to opioids since 1999
  • In 2019 10.1 million aged 12+ abused opioids
  • Opioid-related overdoses increase by 30% in 2017
  • 21 – 29% of opioid users abuse prescription medications
  • At least 1,000 people are treated for opioid-related circumstances on a daily basis
  • The economic burden of opioid use totals $78.5 billion
  • In 2017 more than 191 million prescriptions were prescribed

How We Treat Opioid Addiction At Right Path Rehab

Right Path Rehab is a fully accredited treatment facility for opioid addiction and we provide a full continuum of care. After a comprehensive assessment, our clinicians, therapists, and counselors devise a highly personalized rehab program to help you beat your addiction and achieve a successful, long-lasting recovery.

Medical drug detox normally takes about five to seven days before withdrawal symptoms begin to dissipate, and our medical team keeps you as safe and comfortable as possible with around-the-clock care throughout the process.

As you progress through drug rehab, our holistic, evidence-based therapies explore the root causes of your substance abuse. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, one of the more effective therapies for addiction treatment, helps us identify your addiction “triggers.” We show you how to replace your detrimental behavior with healthy alternatives, teaching you life skills and coping mechanisms that give you better outlets when faced with triggering experiences or situations.

Call Right Path Rehab today, and let us help you beat your addiction to opioids!


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Alexis Ecoff MA, LMFT, MCAP
As the Clinical Director for Right Path Recovery in San Diego, Alexis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the field of counseling and therapy. She has a strong academic background with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University, and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego. Alexis is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy in California, Florida, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
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