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6 Commonly Abused Opioids

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An addiction of any kind impacts an entire person and their family. The physical, emotional, and psychological scars that substance abuse can leave behind are many. Relearning healthy habits is a big part of a rehabilitation program. Drug use takes control to the extent that everything else goes to the wayside, including work, school, relationships, health, hygiene, and nutrition. A substance use disorder treatment program, like the opioid rehab at The Arbor, can help craft a treatment and recovery plan that is unique to each person’s needs. By targeting commonly abused opioids through a variety of targeted therapeutic modalities, we can help achieve sobriety and eliminate the risk of relapse.

In 2021, approximately 80,411 people died from an overdose involving an opioid. Don’t let yourself or a loved one be a statistic.1 For more information about what an opioid rehab in Texas looks like, give The Arbor a call at 844.413.2690.

Commonly Abused Opioids

While all opioids are derived from the opium poppy, there are different kinds of opioids. The most obvious is that there are prescription opioids and illegal street opioids. As far as the chemical makeup goes, opioids can be naturally occurring from the opium poppy plant, semi-synthetic, or fully synthetic. Semi-synthetic is a blend of the plant and chemicals from a lab. Synthetic contains no actual content from the opium poppy; instead, the drug is completely lab-grown.

The most commonly abused opioids include:

  1. Oxycodone
  2. Hydrocodone
  3. Codeine
  4. Morphine
  5. Fentanyl
  6. Heroin

Fentanyl and heroin make up the top illegal street opioids on the list. The rest are commonly prescribed to treat pain and are highly addictive. Users can easily graduate from the prescribed use to ingesting it in extremely dangerous ways like snorting and injecting it. Prescription shopping then becomes common, where they will seek out multiple doctors to get as much of the drug as possible into their hands.

Prescription Drug Abuse Rehab in Texas

The Arbor offers an opioid addiction treatment program through both residential and outpatient treatment. Each client will meet with a treatment specialist to determine what level of care is needed and what therapies will be used as part of their plan. For severe addictions, residential treatment may be necessary to safely manage cravings and symptoms of withdrawal under medical supervision. Outpatient treatment provides a flexible option for those whose addictions are not as severe. They are able to return home after treatment and still attend to responsibilities at home, work, or school. Through a combination of therapeutic approaches, clients will work to get to the root cause of their addiction and develop skills to manage triggers once they leave treatment so they do not fall victim to the allure of opioid use again.

Therapies that can be used in treating opioid addiction are:

  • Motivational interviewing
  • Contingency management
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Yoga therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Equine therapy

Our addiction treatment specialists will develop a customized treatment plan to meet the client’s needs and recovery goals.

Ask About Opioid Rehab at The Arbor

At The Arbor’s 67-acre ranch near Austin, clients can take part in an opioid rehab that meets their needs. Each treatment plan is fully customizable and has a focus on specifically addressing the importance of a strong family support system to help an individual get through treatment and achieve a successful recovery. Families can be involved through family therapy and support groups. Everyone involved in a client’s treatment and recovery journey becomes part of their support “family.” This family unit will be the core to help support them and to help avoid any relapses along the way.

For more information on the programs, services, support, and education at The Arbors’ opioid rehab, call 844.413.2690 today or contact us online.



1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – “National Center for Health Statistics Mortality Data on CDC WONDER”