Drug Treatment for Opiates
Some of the common opioid prescription medications are as follows:
- Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
Although opiate dependence and addiction often starts with legally prescribed medication for pain relief, research reveals a connection between opioid painkiller abuse and the initiation of heroin use. A 2013 study showed that those who had previously used opioid prescription drugs were 19 times more likely to begin using heroin in the 12 months prior to the study. And as many as 4 out of 5 new heroin users in the study had previously abused opioids. There is an undeniable correlation between the two drugs, and heroin is often chosen as an alternative to opioids for being less expensive and more readily accessible.
From Addiction to Recovery
To fully recover from drug addiction means so much more than the absence of drugs in a person’s life – true recovery means better health, the ability to find and give love and to live with peace and, even joy. At Sabino Recovery, we employ diverse therapy methods, grounded in neuroscience to provide you with your unique path to treatment. Addiction can be complicated and only by understanding the cause are we able to effectively treat alcohol abuse and addiction.
Your program is uniquely yours
Careful assessment and comprehensive treatment is required for the chance to live a healthy sober life. At Sabino Recovery we know that high quality, effective treatment cannot be improvised. We craft a targeted, individualized treatment plan for you only after thoroughly assessing and understanding the ways that addiction has impacted you. Our program works to address not only the behavioral symptoms but the core issues driving these behaviors. Once we help resolve both, lasting recovery can happen.
When the brain is hijacked by drugs, will-power becomes powerless. Yet your brain is resilient and so are you. The treatment program at Sabino Recovery is designed to take advantage of neuroplasticity – your brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections. These new connections can produce healthy decision-making, optimism, hope, trust, and lead to lasting recovery.
For some, using alcohol and drugs is a way of medicating difficult emotions, experiences, and memories that are often connected to past trauma. For others, a genetic component may predispose them to develop an addiction. The resulting damage to their lives, relationships, and careers leaves lasting scars. Regardless of the cause, alcoholism and addictions commonly co-occur with other disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Naturopathic & Allopathic Approach
At Sabino Recovery we believe that full recovery can only happen when we help our residents attend to every aspect of what it means to be human – body, mind, and spirit – a “whole being” approach. Our program is specifically designed to help individuals find their inner strength and purpose and reconnect with their bodies and their health so they no longer have to depend on alcohol or drugs to live.
In addition to the clinical and psychotherapeutic modalities that we offer, our holistic program includes a general lifestyle reboot. This includes:
- Wholefoods philosophy
- Health assessment that utilizes lab testing with naturopathic interpretation
- Sleep study if an individual continues to struggle with sleep after the acute withdrawal phase
- Tools to address the underlying issues that contributed to substance use
- Treatments such as massage and acupuncture that balance the nervous system
- Opportunities for daily exercise
- Connection and fun with others
Sabino Recovery utilizes both naturopathic medicine and allopathic, or Western medicine. Our medical director is a naturopath and the use of nutraceuticals is promoted. Using nutraceuticals assists residents in healing without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. In addition, we also employ allopathic providers of psychiatric and psychological services. The two medicinal philosophies are not in conflict; but rather, work closely together to provide residents the maximum benefits of medical care.
Naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer a person that is recovering from a recent addiction. Intrinsically, naturopathic medicine isn’t a one size fits all model. Therefore, it is customized to what the individual needs. For instance, a person’s predominant struggle may be with anxiety, insomnia or low energy. Another person may have all of these issues. The naturopathic physician’s toolbox is comprised of specialized testing, herbal treatments, amino acid supplementation, vitamin support and homeopathic remedies. People that have been using opiates may feel blunted after the discontinued use of these drugs. Nutraceuticals can help with mood support and may include 5 Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). This is an amino acid that is a precursor to the neurotransmitter Serotonin. The neurotransmitter Dopamine is involved in the brain’s reward pathways. Dopamine levels may be supported by the addition of DL-Phenylalanine. Another way to induce the body’s own production of these neurotransmitters is via exercise and play.
Integrative therapies are not adjunct treatment at Sabino Recovery; each is a critical part of the clinical program. Both the quantity and variety of integrative offerings allow for more individualization of the treatment plan as well as additional support for resident healing.
Some examples of our Integrative offerings are:
- Equine Therapy
- Time with Horses and Horse care
- Somatic Experiencing
- Outdoor and Adventure Therapy
- Art Therapy
- Music Therapy
Healthy, Delicious Food
What we feed our body, feeds our soul. When we enter the world one of the first truths that we experience is the nourishment and comfort of food. It is also one of the first ways in which we experience being cared for and loved by another. With that in mind, Chef Tommy creates healthy, satisfying comfort food from scratch using only fresh ingredients. He and his team take pride in the important part they play in each resident’s recovery.
In recovery, nutrition is important. Those suffering from the effects of trauma and addiction often suffer from poor nutrition by either not eating enough throughout the day or by eating foods that are nutrient poor. Unhealthy eating can exacerbate the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and healthy sleep, all of which can also put one at risk of continued substance abuse.
Along with our loving, kind, staff who work as a team to customize your treatment plan, you will experience the healing desert. We are situated on 100 acres of breath-taking beauty in Tucson Arizona at the base of the Catalina Mountains. The desert landscape is relaxing, peaceful and calming to the spirit. The skies are magnificent and we have sunshine 225 days a year. If you have been working hard trying to control your addiction or keep your trauma at bay this is a safe place to stop the pain and work on your issues. As you walk along the desert path to the horse corral in the morning for horse care or participate in our Equine therapy program you begin to dream of a cleaner, simpler better life, for you and your loved ones. With the experts who will work on your treatment plan, we will find the resources to make that a new life a possibility.