Opioid Dependence

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Opioid dependence occurs when an individual cannot stop using opioid drugs like codeine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone, leading to a physical and psychological reliance. Commonly prescribed for pain relief, opioids such as morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and fentanyl are effective but carry a high risk of dependence. Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is a significant public health issue in the United States, contributing to over 800,000 overdose deaths from 1999 to 2020. Characterized by compulsive opioid use and withdrawal symptoms, the development of OUD is influenced by factors like brain chemistry, family history, and environmental conditions. Treatments for OUD focus on reducing cravings and aiding recovery.

Opioid dependence often leads to a cycle where the body needs increasing amounts to feel normal, and sudden cessation can cause challenging withdrawal symptoms. Misuse of opioids, whether prescribed or illegal, contributes significantly to the U.S. opioid crisis, with daily deaths averaging 90. Risk factors for addiction include the method of consumption, duration of use, and individual factors like genetics and environment. Treatment for opioid withdrawal typically involves medications to alleviate symptoms and is followed by ongoing therapy to prevent relapse. Behavioral therapy and medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone are key in addressing opioid misuse. Treatment success varies, often depending on coexisting mental health issues and the patient’s support system, with some requiring multiple attempts to achieve long-term success.

Preventive measures against opioid use disorder include limiting opioid use for acute pain to three days and exploring non-opioid pain management options for chronic pain. Proper medication storage and disposal are essential. Patients are advised to work closely with healthcare professionals for safe and effective opioid use and to avoid sharing or taking others’ medications. OUD is a treatable medical condition with various therapies available, including medication-assisted therapy, counselling, and support groups. The historical use of opioids for pain relief has evolved into a crisis of misuse and addiction, emphasising the need for improved prescribing practices and expanded access to addiction treatment.

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    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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