Maui Recovery provides treatments proven to be effective for opioid addiction, including CBT, Group Therapy, and a comprehensive Aftercare program. But we also go one step further. Drawing upon Joseph Cambell’s work on myth and archetype, our expert clinicians guide each client through their own “Hero’s Journey”. This unique approach not only aids in overcoming addiction but also in rediscovering purpose and self-worth, leading to renewed strength and fulfillment.

What Is Opioid Addiction?

Opioid addiction is a chronic medical condition caused by the prolonged misuse of opioids, a class of drugs including prescription painkillers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, as well as illegal drugs like heroin. It involves physical and psychological dependence on these substances, leading to increased tolerance, withdrawal symptoms when not consumed, and an overwhelming urge to use the drug despite negative consequences to one’s health, social life, and responsibilities. Some examples of Opioids:

  • Tramadol
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydromorphone

The Effects of Opioid Abuse

The overall short-term and long-term effects of abusing opioids can be devastating to everyone involved. In many cases, not a single part of the individual’s life will remain untouched by the narcotic.

Some of the effects that are seen include:

  • Homelessness
  • Liver damage
  • Seizures
  • Damage to memory formation
  • Damage to brain structure and functioning
  • Financial ruin
  • Job loss

Opioid addiction is characterized by a powerful, compulsive urge to use opioid drugs, even when they’re no longer required medically. The drugs have a high potential for causing addiction in some people, even when prescribed appropriately and taken as directed. Many prescription opioids are misused or diverted to others. Individuals who become addicted may prioritize getting and using these drugs over other activities in their lives, often negatively impacting their professional and personal relationships.

Statistics on Opioid Addiction

In 2019, an estimated 10.1 million people aged 12 or older misused opioids in the past year. Specifically, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, and 745,000 people used heroin.

Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses rose 30% in all parts of the US from July 2016 through September 2017.

More than 760,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. Two out of three drug overdose deaths in 2018 involved an opioid. In the wake of the recent opioid crisis, Maui Recovery remains vigilant when recognizing and treating this affliction.

Signs & Symptoms

If you consume too many opioids, you’re at a high risk of experiencing an opioid overdose. This is a profoundly severe medical condition so if you think you or a loved one is experiencing one, it’s essential you call 911 and seek professional attention immediately.

Symptoms of Opioid Overdose

  • Unresponsiveness
  • Slow, irregular breathing
  • Slow, erratic pulse
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Choking or snoring sounds
  • Confusion or delirium
  • Vomiting or gurgling sounds
  • Bluish tint to lips and fingernails

Signs of Opioid Abuse

  • Frequent flu-like symptoms
  • Stealing from family, friends, or businesses
  • Uncontrollable cravings
  • Abandoning responsibilities
  • Lowered motivation
  • Anxiety attacks
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