Corner Canyon Health Centers’s opioid treatment center in Utah addresses opioid addiction in many ways, including through phase work, where the opioid addict understands their cycle of use, from first use through abuse and dependence, including their pattern of use, why they use, what their triggers are, what happens to them and others when they use excessively, and what their strengths are to help change their cycle and transition into a happy, healthy life.
Corner Canyon’s opioid treatment center program treats addiction through 12-step Recovery, Smart Recovery, and Refuge Recovery, depending on the client’s choice.
Opiates are natural derivatives of the Opium plant, including morphine, codeine, heroin, fentanyl, methadone, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Opioids change the way the brain responds to pain stimuli and can also produce a “high” feeling by disrupting the reward and pleasure centers in the brain by releasing huge amounts of Dopamine into the receptor cells. The central nervous system, which includes the brain, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, has opioid receptors that receive opioid drugs, and these drugs, like heroin (a derivative of morphine), oxycodone, pain-killers, and methadone bring many physical and emotional effects. Respiration, heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature are lowered while pleasant, high feelings are increased.
Over time, however, as the body and brain become addicted, achieving the high feelings takes much more of the drug, and the pleasure drops until patients are simply using to avoid the pain of detoxing, and the effects of detoxing are more painful and protracted. The effect on the brain at this point is significant, and it can take up to 2-3 years for it to produce normal amounts of Dopamine without intervention to heal the brain. At Corner Canyon we use different modalities to accelerate this process, including a carefully designed diet that creates a healthy stomach biome, which produces normal amounts of Dopamine. We use exercise to stimulate blood flow and growth of brain cells, and Neuro Enhancement, which works to improve the flow of neurotransmitters through the brain cells and allows the brain to heal itself.
Abuse or repeated use of an opioid drug can change the way an individual’s brain chemistry works and lead to psychological and physical dependence. The body may not feel “normal” anymore without the drug’s effect on the brain and body, and opioid withdrawal symptoms may start in 6-12 hours for short-acting opioids and up to 30 hours for longer acting drugs. Corner Canyon Health Centers’s Opioid Treatment Center will help users combat these withdrawal symptoms:
-Depression & Anxiety
-High blood pressure
-Sweating & body aches
-Thoughts of suicide
-Nausea and vomiting
-Abdominal distention and bloating
-Liver damage (especially prevalent in abuse of drugs that combine opiates with acetaminophen)
-Brain damage due to hypoxia, resulting from respiratory depression
-Development of tolerance
Medical and social detox are important steps in helping a client transition into treatment, and if necessary, we assist incoming clients in finding appropriate detox programs for their needs prior to entering Corner Canyon. Naltrexone and Vivitrol and Suboxone and Probuphine (Long lasting Buprenorphine) are medications that can be used to help decrease cravings for opioids. Naltrexone is an oral medication and Vivitrol is a long lasting shot. Both need to be given after the client is detoxed or they can bring on detox symptoms. Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone. It can help users of heroin transition into treatment more effectively by preventing them from having painful withdrawal symptoms, however, it can have fatal side effects if used with alcohol or with other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow breathing. Probuphine is a new form of Buprenorphine, it is implanted in the client’s arm and lasts up to 6 months. Corner Canyon is not a proponent of long term Suboxone use, however we will continue a taper off of it if the client comes from a detox center with a prescription. There is some evidence that CBD oil decreases opioid use and addiction, however, we are only doing research on it at this time.