Alcohol and Opioid Addiction

Addiction is a dependence on a behavior or substances, such as alcohol or opioids, that cannot be controlled and may be extremely difficult to quit, even though an individual may desperately want to, the stigma surrounding addiction can cause those suffering to avoid seeking help due to feelings of shame and guilt. At Restorative Brain Clinic, our counseling services and treatment options are aimed at helping patients overcome addiction. From individual and group therapy options to cutting-edge treatments that include the BRIDGE device for detox and vivitrol therapy, we help our patients find the most effective pathway to overcoming substance abuse and developing long-term strategies they can use to remain sober in the future.

Addiction Treatment & Counseling

Break the Cycle

At Restorative Brain Center, we understand the frustration of being mentally and physically unable to overcome an addiction, no matter how much you want to. Addiction is a mental health condition that may feel as though it’s out of your control, but the professionals at our addiction treatment center in Kansas City, MO, can help you finally break the cycle and achieve full recovery.

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Addiction Treatment & Counseling

Restore Your Quality of Life

The most effective addiction treatment plans combine counseling and detoxification, which is the process of completely cleansing a patient’s body of drugs and alcohol. At Restorative, substance abuse therapy involves either individual or group sessions with a licensed substance abuse counselor in Kansas City. Individual counseling provides a patient with one-on-one sessions during which a licensed counselor helps them understand the basis of their addiction and learn coping mechanisms to help them overcome the desire to use drugs and alcohol.

Group therapy allows patients with common substance abuse issues to meet in a support-group setting with a licensed counselor. These group sessions allow participants to hold each other accountable and help each member resist relapse on their journey to becoming addiction-free.

We also offer an alternative addiction treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) as well as the BRIDGE device for detox to help with pain during withdrawal. Vivitrol is a medication commonly administered to help patients resist relapse and overcome alcohol and opioid addiction.

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Addiction is a dependence on a particular substance or behavior that is uncontrollable and extremely difficult to quit, even though the addicted individual may have every intent to. Over time, an addiction can pose serious threats to an individual’s mental and physical well-being. Engagement with the addictive behavior or substance can interfere with and negatively impact an individual’s relationships, work performance, and social life, and even lead to legal problems.

There are many substances and behaviors one can become addicted to. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Sex
  • Pornography
  • Caffeine

Addiction results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. If an individual is surrounded by others who are addicted to a certain behavior or substance, they are at a higher risk of becoming addicted as well. Some addictive substances alter brain chemistry, changing the mechanism through which the brain experiences pleasure and causing the addicted individual to increasingly crave the substance. This is known as a physical addiction and commonly occurs with substances such as alcohol and opioids.

The following indicate signs of addiction:

  • Excessive and frequent need to use a substance
  • Denial about substance use (to friends, family, and doctors)
  • Loss of behavioral control and altered speech patterns
  • Engaging in high-risk behaviors
  • Significant weight loss or change in diet
  • Suffering from withdrawal when attempting to stop using the substance

Opioid Addiction Treatment & Counseling

Safe and Effective Rapid Opiate Detox

Rapid detoxification at Restorative Brain Center means powering through opioid withdrawal quickly and painlessly. Our opioid treatment options combine counseling services with cutting-edge medical technology, which provides the most effective path to patients overcoming their addiction.

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Opioid Addiction Treatment and Counseling

Individualized Treatment Plans

At our opioid treatment center in Kansas City, MO, we focus on each patient’s unique situation and barriers to overcoming addiction. In each case, the first step is helping to relieve the cravings and physical side effects that come with detoxification. Medications such as vivitrol and methadone are often used in opioid withdrawal treatment and help patients resist cravings, reduce the side effects of withdrawal, and prevent against relapse. We also offer an alternative opiate addiction treatment called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). The BRIDGE device is a medical technology that has also been found to diminish withdrawal pain during detoxification.

Our drug counseling services are aimed at helping each patient complete their opioid addiction treatment plan and resist relapse in the future. We offer either individual counseling or group therapy with a licensed substance abuse counselor. Individual sessions allow a patient to work closely with a licensed counselor, determine the root cause of their addiction, and develop personalized coping mechanisms. During group therapy, a licensed counselor coaches several patients who are struggling with opioid addiction in a safe space, where each individual can share their struggles and find strength with others who are experiencing similar issues.

Opioid addiction is an uncontrollable need to use a class of drugs containing opiates. Commonly abused opiates include drugs like Heroin, Morphine or Codeine, which are naturally derived from Asian poppies, or synthetically produced prescription painkillers such as Fentanyl, Demerol, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone. Opioids are highly addictive because they activate the brain’s mechanism for releasing endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that diminish the perception of pain and increase feelings of pleasure. Opioid addiction is a compulsion driven by the irresistible physical and psychological need to feel the high that opioids produce. The withdrawal symptoms that occur once an individual tries to stop taking these drugs makes quitting especially difficult.

An individual may be prescribed opioid-based medications to relieve pain after sustaining a serious injury or undergoing surgery. When used over time, individuals will build up a tolerance to these drugs and the opioids will trigger a weaker effect compared to the initial strong feelings of pleasure that they experienced when first taking the painkiller. Tolerance to opioids causes the brain to release fewer endorphins, which can drive an individual to take a higher dosage in order to experience the same feeling of pleasure.

While there are certain risk factors that can make it more likely that an individual will become addicted to opioids, the reality is that anyone who uses these drugs, even for a short period of time, can become addicted.

Common risk factors include:

  • Taking a higher dosage of opioid medication than prescribed
  • Taking opioids more frequently than prescribed
  • Using opioids for an extended period of time
  • Using alternative, rapid-delivery methods of ingestion, such as by crushing the pill up and snorting it
  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors (such as poverty, unemployment, history of legal problems, etc.)
  • Psychological factors (such as suffering from a mental disorder)

Common signs of opioid addiction include:

  • Inability to control opioid intake despite negative effects its use may be having on an individual’s personal life
  • Uncontrollable cravings for the substance
  • Sweating
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Shallow breathing
  • Small pupils
  • Slurred speech
  • Pain sensitivity
  • Decreased sex drive

Outpatient Alcohol Treatment & Counseling

The Road to Safe and Effective Recovery

Withdrawal can seem like an impossible barrier to overcoming alcohol addiction. At Restorative Brain Center, we believe in alcohol and substance abuse treatments that are non-invasive, safe, and effective, even when an individual is faced with the pain of withdrawal.

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Outpatient Alcohol Treatment & Counseling

Individualized Treatment Plans

At our outpatient alcohol treatment center in Kansas City, MO, we offer individualized treatment plans based on your specific needs. The first step in recovery is overcoming withdrawal symptoms, which are the negative physical and psychological effects an individual experiences after quitting extensive alcohol use. The pain of withdrawal is what makes overcoming addiction so difficult for most individuals.

These withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Shakiness
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Nightmares or hallucinations

Each patient’s road to recovery can different, and our licensed counselors can help you start and finish yours. Alcohol treatment typically includes counseling, and we offer both group therapy and individual counseling options.

Individual sessions allow a patient to form a close, one-on-one relationship with a licensed counselor, who helps them confront and manage the internal and external factors that are causing their addiction. During group alcohol therapy, a licensed counselor coaches a group of patients struggling with addiction. This support-system setting helps individuals complete their recovery and resist the temptation to relapse.

Vivitrol is a medication used in alcohol withdrawal treatment to help patients resist relapse by diminishing their urge to consume alcohol. The BRIDGE device for detox is an alternative alcohol treatment option used to mitigate withdrawal pain during detoxification. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is another alternative addiction treatment that has proven successful in helping patients overcome addiction.

Alcohol addiction is the uncontrollable urge to consume alcohol regularly due to a physical and emotional dependence. An individual suffering from alcohol dependency is unable to resist drinking alcohol and will experience withdrawal symptoms as soon as they try to quit. Their alcohol usage will often negatively impact important aspects of their daily life, such as work, relationships, and social activity, and can lead to health issues, such as liver damage, over time.

There is no single cause for alcohol addiction but rather several factors that can put an individual at risk. However, being at a high risk does not necessarily mean an individual will become addicted to alcohol, and even those with lower risk factors may develop a dependency. There are often a combination of risk factors that contribute to alcohol addiction, but these factors vary among individuals, making it extremely difficult to predict and pinpoint the exact causes.

Risk factors include:

  • Genetics
  • Personality
  • Drinking history
  • Psychological conditions
  • Environment
  • Social and cultural norms
  • Personal choice
  • Family
  • Religion
  • Age
  • Job status
  • Education

Common signs of alcohol addiction include:

  • Repeated and regular alcohol consumption
  • Disregard for legal or health issues that result from alcohol consumption
  • Routinely beginning the day with a drink
  • Feelings of guilt associated with drinking
  • Inability to cut down on alcohol usage even though an individual has the desire to stop drinking

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