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Treatment Options for Opioid Addiction in Pittsburgh, PA

Opioids are substances that produce morphine-like effects. Medical doctors often use them to treat moderate to severe pain that has not responded well to other pain relief medications. They are highly effective at treating pain symptoms because they trigger the release of endorphins—your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters.

Unfortunately, what makes them so effective also makes them extremely addictive. Endorphins muffle your perception of pain and boost feelings of pleasure. This creates a temporary, but powerful sense of well-being.


Unfortunately, the pain-relieving effects of opioids can diminish over time, causing increased pain and discomfort as well as increased dependence. This dependence may lead to increased use—both in amount and frequency—and therefore addiction. Opioid addiction is usually self-diagnosable and includes the following signs:

  • Uncontrollable cravings
  • Inability to control opioid use
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Changes in personal hygiene
  • Frequent flu-like symptoms
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Low libido


Every person is unique, which means their addiction and the way in which they’ll recover will also be unique. At Gateway Rehab we are listening to our residents needs and designing a tailored treatment program to help them break free from opioid dependence. Here are a few treatment options we offer:

  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
    We offer our residents buprenorphine or naltrexone to treat dependence and/or addiction to opioids in conjunction with psychosocial counseling from our skilled therapists. These medications help prevent withdrawal symptoms caused by stopping other opioids and reduce cravings for dangerous euphoria-producing opioid compounds such as heroin and fentanyl.
  • REST Extended Habilitation Program
    Our main treatment center offers a unique on-site three-month program in which people with addiction can completely remove themselves from their unhealthy situations and triggers. This program allows them to focus on overcoming their addiction and advancing life skills in order to make strides toward a healthier life.
  • Exploration therapy
    Our residents are encouraged to use any or all of our amenities to help keep their mind off the detox process. We offer lounges, snacks, television, and non-alcoholic beverages as well as plenty of opportunities to socialize with other residents. We believe a social atmosphere in which people can communicate and feel a sense of camaraderie is essential for recovery. Exercise, yoga, music therapy and other enrichment activities also support the patient’s ability to focus on long-term recovery.

If you’d like to learn more about our treatment options for opioid addiction, please call 800-472-1177 and speak to one of our skilled specialists. Gateway Rehab is dedicated to helping you or your loved along the path to recovery with compassion, skill and dignity.