Opioids, such as codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone and oxycodone, are narcotic pain relievers that are either derived from morphine or synthetic versions of morphine derivatives. Opioid addiction devastates the lives of an enormous and growing number of people – an epidemic that’s fuelled by their widespread over-prescription.
But unfortunately, only 10 percent of those who are addicted to opioids end up seeking treatment. That’s a very concerning figure, considering their extremely addictive nature and high overdose risk. In fact, opioids are responsible for the highest number of drug-related injuries and deaths. Because of their potential for physical addiction and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, relapse is common for those who try to quit on their own.
We want you to know that it’s entirely possible to get off of opioids and stay sober for good. At The Dawn, we’ve helped many people successfully recover from opioid addiction and confidently manage their lives without drugs – and we can help you, too
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Repeated opioid use quickly leads to tolerance-building, and eventually your brain and body become accustomed to the levels of opioids present in your system. Once this happens, you will experience withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly stop using, such as:
The amount of time it takes to become dependent on opioids differs from person to person. If you’re opioid-dependent, your first step when entering rehab will be to enter detox, so you can safely rid your body of the presence of opioids before beginning addiction treatment.
Opioids take a serious toll on your body. Long-term effects of opioid use include, but are not limited to:
At The Dawn, we’re well equipped to safely and effectively guide you through each stage of opioid addiction treatment. Our international team of addiction-specialised clinicians is headed up by David Smallwood, former clinical director of the Kusnacht Practice in Switzerland and manager of the addiction unit at the Priory Hospital in London. We constantly continue our education, involve ourselves in the international behavioural health community and stay abreast of the newest developments in addiction treatment. We hold ourselves to the highest clinical quality standards, so you can rest assured that when you’re here, you’re in good hands and receiving the best treatment possible.
Because of opioids’ high risk for harm and overdose, and potential need for medical attention due to opioid-related health concerns, it’s important for those who are opioid-dependent to get sober in a professionally supervised setting. Inpatient rehab is recommended as the most effective form of treatment, as is provides the most comprehensive level of care and support. Relapse is common in the early stages of sobriety, and being in a residential setting greatly reduces the risk for this. Inpatient treatment is a more committed way to get sober – each day, you’ll be immersed in a full schedule of activities specifically aimed at advancing your recovery progress.
The Dawn’s Twin Pillars treatment programme is designed to help you overcome the disease of addiction and come away with the tools you need to stay sober. Its main components are: opioid detox, addiction counselling and wellness therapy.
Thailand is an ideal place to begin your recovery journey. Its warmth, natural beauty and friendly local culture create an environment that comforts you during challenging the stages of recovery. At our peaceful facility on the banks of the Ping River outside of Chiang Mai, you’ll find that the fresh air and beauty of the countryside help to clear your mind, making you feel positive and prepared for the important work of getting sober.
We believe in healing the whole person. You will receive intensive psychotherapy, but meditation, relaxation, and recreational activities will all play an important therapeutic role in your treatment. Here’s an example of what a typical day looks like at The Dawn: