For more information, please call 304-399-1630
Prescription drug abuse is described as using a medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed and/or for the experience or feelings elicited. Over the last few years, the fastest-growing category of abused prescription drugs in the US has been opioids— medications that relieve pain, such as OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Percocet® and Actiq®. Heroin is also classified as an opioid. The consequences of this abuse have been steadily worsening; the number of overdose deaths from prescription opioids recently outnumbered deaths from heroin and cocaine combined. Opioid abuse can threaten your health, your closest relationships, your career and your finances — not to mention your hopes and dreams.
Most people wouldn’t try to treat diabetes or asthma with willpower alone — they would seek the help of professionals. Opioid dependence is also a medical condition that deserves treatment. In fact, the need to satisfy cravings or avoid withdrawal symptoms can be so intense that even when you try to stop taking opioids, it's impossible without help. With the right treatment, opioid dependence can be overcome, and help is available at the Recovery Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
The goal of all treatments for opioid dependence is to enable patients to avoid withdrawal symptoms, stop opioid misuse and regain control over their lives. The Recovery Center offers a comprehensive treatment program for patients with opiate addiction, including:
The staff of the Recovery Center includes a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a therapist. They offer a comprehensive approach that encompasses the full spectrum of care, treats the underlying pain issues that may have been the source of addiction and enables the treatment of co-occurring illnesses. The program features three different tracks: Intensive, Routine and Chronic. Because each patient and each situation is different, your treatment plan will be tailored to your unique needs. The length of treatment varies and can last anywhere from weeks to years — depending on your individual treatment plan. Suboxone and other medications will be prescribed through the Recovery Center, but they will not be dispensed from the facility itself.
As a medical condition, opioid dependence carries a high risk of relapse. To learn to manage this risk, you must make a commitment to ongoing treatment, including counseling, at the Recovery Center.
The Recovery Center accepts patients by physician referral only. Most insurance is accepted, although some state Medicaid programs do not pay for these services. For more information or to refer a patient to the Recovery Center, please call 304-399-1630.
The Recovery Center is located off campus at:1654 13th Avenue
Addiction: A chronic, relapsing disease characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite serious adverse consequences, and by long-lasting changes in the brain
Detoxification or Detox: A process in which the body rids itself of a drug (or its metabolites). During this period, withdrawal symptoms can emerge that may require medical treatment. This is often the first step in drug abuse treatment.
Dopamine: A brain chemical, classified as a neurotransmitter, found in regions that regulate movement, emotion, motivation and pleasure
Methadone: A long-acting synthetic opioid medication that is effective in treating opioid addiction and pain
Opioid: A compound or drug that binds to receptors in the brain involved in the control of pain and other functions, such as morphine, heroin, hydrocodone and oxycodone
Physical Dependence: An adaptive physiological state that occurs with regular drug use and results in a withdrawal syndrome when drug use is stopped; often occurs with tolerance. Physical dependence can occur with chronic— even appropriate— use of many medications, and by itself does not constitute addiction.
Prescription Drug Abuse: The use of a medication without a prescription; in a way other than as prescribed; or for the experience or feeling elicited. This term is used interchangeably with “nonmedical” use, a term employed by many of the national surveys.
Psychotherapeutics: Drugs that have an effect on the function of the brain (such as opioids, CNS depressants and stimulants) and are often used to treat psychiatric/neurologic disorders
Tolerance: A condition in which higher doses of a drug are required to produce the same effect achieved during initial use; often associated with physical dependence
Withdrawal: Symptoms that occur after chronic use of a drug is reduced abruptly or stopped.