Northpoint Ashwood Looks at Opioid Addiction and Treatment Programs in Idaho

Northpoint Ashwood, which is based in Boise, ID, is pleased to announce that they have recently released a blog post that looks at opioid addiction and the treatment programs available in Idaho. They are a highly specialized treatment center for alcohol and drug addiction in Boise, and they want more people to know about the dangers of opiate use and addiction. The article points out that while opiate use and addiction has been a problem in Idaho for several years, many people may not even realize that they have an addiction problem, and even if they do, they are not aware of the best ways for them to seek the help that they need.

A spokesperson for Northpoint Ashwood says, “Opiates can be incredibly harmful when they are abused, but a lot of people do not realize the risks they take in using them. We want to help them become more aware of those risks and of the negative impact these drugs can have on them physically and mentally. We also want people to know that there are treatment options available to them in Idaho.”

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Opiates are also known as narcotic drugs, and they function as depressants on a person’s central nervous system. Prescription opiates are highly effective, but they are also highly addictive. These are commonly prescribed by doctors to treat pain. And because they work quickly and are very effective, they were overprescribed when they first became available. This was because the pharmaceutical companies had reassured doctors that their patients would not get addicted to them. The result was that physicians and other healthcare providers prescribed large quantities of these opioid drugs to people because they appeared to be improving their quality of life.

It was later discovered that these prescription opioid drugs are actually very addictive. Legislation had to be passed requiring pharmacies to indicate on the label that they are indeed very addictive. Laws were also enacted prohibiting physicians from automatically issuing refills for such drugs. Opioid drugs refer to both drugs that are directly derived from opium and those synthesized in a lab. Such drugs interact with the body’s opioid receptors. In 2016, physicians in Idaho prescribed approximately 77.6 opioid drugs for every 100 people, which is higher than the national average of 66.5 prescriptions for every 100 people.

There are a number of side effects of opioid drugs. These include drowsiness, dizziness, bouts of constipation, nausea and vomiting, delayed or impaired recovery from injury or surgery, risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, cognitive impairment, respiratory depression, increased sensitivity to pain, and endocrine system problems.

With regard to opioid drug addiction, there are both physical signs and behavioral signs. Physical signs include feeling drowsy all the time, problems with coordination, nausea and/or vomiting, slow breathing rate or shallow breathing, slurred speech, and possible severe constipation. Behavioral signs include: being unable to stop using, inability to limit use to the prescribed amount of opiate medication, difficulties with decision-making, physical agitation, insomnia or excessive sleep, anger and irritability, frequent mood swings, lower motivation levels, symptoms of depression, and symptoms of anxiety and/or panic attacks.

There are a number of ways to quit opiates. These options are: going cold turkey, tapering off, natural drug detox at home, outpatient drug detox, and opiate addiction treatment. Northpoint Ashwood wants to point out that trying to stop using opiates without the appropriate support can be very difficult, which is why it is vital for people with an opiate use disorder to look for professional help. This is composed of two parts: drug detox and drug rehab.

In the drug detox phase, the toxins present in the body need to be removed. The detox process has to be professionally supervised to avoid withdrawal symptoms and to minimize the risk of complications. After detox, a person addicted to opiates must undergo drug rehab, which is essential in addressing the psychological component of addiction. Northpoint Ashwood provides one of the leading outpatient drug treatment programs in Idaho.

Those who are interested in the addiction treatment services provided by Northpoint Ashwood may want to check out their website or contact them via phone, email, or online chat. They can be contacted at any time of the day, seven days a week.


For more information about Northpoint Ashwood, contact the company here:

Northpoint Ashwood
7941 West Rifleman Street
Boise, ID 83704