Opiate Treatment Programs

As addictions to prescription painkillers and now heroin grow, the importance of a scientifically based treatment program has never been greater. Opiate addictions require a broad based approach – such as the treatments offered at The Canyon – treating a person’s mental symptoms along with physical symptoms. Getting the best care early on means gaining skills that lessen the severity of symptoms and increase the chances of long-term sobriety.[1]

A national focus on curbing the opiate addiction epidemic over the past few years shines a bright light on treatment options that produce results. Unfortunately, America’s addiction treatments are fractured with less than 20% of facilities offering the gold standard in addiction treatment available at The Canyon. The Canyon’s integrated treatment plans ensure all of a patient’s symptoms are addressed, everything from detox to anxiety symptoms to aftercare needs.[2]

Giving people the tools they need to get better is crucial because millions of Americans suffer with opiate addictions. This drug class includes both street drugs and prescription medications.Everything from heroin to back pain medications, such as Dilaudid, Percocet, Oxycontin and Vicodin is an opiate. These substances are highly addictive, because of the way they interact with the brain’s pleasure and reward receptors. Once a person’s brain is flooded with a certain amount of opiates, she will exhibit compulsive drug-seeking behavior and have uncontrollable urges to seek out and take more opiates.[3]

How to Know if You Need a Treatment Program

Some people live in denial about the severity of an addiction while others are unsure if their symptoms require treatment.

When a person takes a painkiller with a prescription or feels his drug use is purely recreational, he may wonder how to decipher the difference between use and addiction. Addiction signs that begin slowly create subtle changes, and it’s often difficult to admit there’s a problem. One important way to determine if opiate use is a problem is to look for withdrawal symptoms. Someone who feels physically ill after missing a dose of medication, taking a smaller dose or taking a late dose experiences signs of withdrawal.

Other clues that it’s time for addiction treatment, include the following:

  • Chronic lateness at work or school
  • An inability to focus on anything except the next dose of opiates
  • Relationships problems
  • Episodes of blacking out
  • Concerns about possible addiction from family and friends

Any combination of the above symptoms signals it’s time to seek help. At The Canyon, admissions coordinators help patients with the transition to rehab from the time of the first phone call.

What Happens During Opiate Treatment?

Opiate addiction treatment begins with detoxification. The detox process gives a patient the chance to taper off the drug and gradually manage withdrawal symptoms. Once detox is complete, it’s time to address the underlying reasons behind addiction through psychological counseling. Since addiction is a brain disease with behavioral components, it’s necessary to use talk therapy as a way to rewire the brain and balance neurochemicals by teaching patients new behaviors. Living in recovery is the ongoing process of making anti-drug behaviors a habit and avoiding relapse.[4]

Therapeutic treatments are individualized to treat a patient’s specific needs.

To get the most out of psychological treatments, a patient sets treatment goals with the help of a therapist. Attending therapy sessions helps a person achieve those goals.3 During individual therapy, patients discuss personal issues that affect their lives. Often, these issues are underlying causes of addiction. Therapists then work with patients to show them methods to deal with stress, teach them general problem solving skills and show them ways to avoid drug abuse.In group therapy, a therapist leads patients through open discussions and allows patients to learn from shared experiences and understand how to apply what they learn to their lives.[5]

The Canyon

At The Canyon, staff members provide a diversified treatment program that is holistic in nature, addressing the various areas of mental health and consciousness harmed by opiate addiction. Each of our treatment services addresses either the physical, emotional or spiritual side of addiction. The process of treating all of a person’s symptoms at the same time, through integrated treatment plans, allows The Canyon staff to offer the best addiction treatment available. If you or a loved one is struggling with opiate abuse or addiction, call our toll-free help line today for more information.

[1] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Substance Use Disorders. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2016 fro http://www.samhsa.gov/disorders/substance-use.

[2] McGovern, M.P., Lambert-Harris, C., Gotham, H.J. et al. (2014). Dual Diagnosis Capability in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Services: An Assessment of Programs Across Multiple State Systems. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. Retrieved Nov. 3, 2016 from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10488-012-0449-1.

[3] National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014). America’s Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse. Presentation to Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2016 from https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/legislative-activities/testimony-to-congress/2018/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse.

[4] McNicholas, Laura, et. al. (2004). Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

Clinical Guidelines for the Use of Buprenorphine in the Treatment of Opioid Addiction. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 40. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2016 from http://buprenorphine.samhsa.gov/Bup_Guidelines.pdf.

[5] Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Treatments for Substance Use Disorders. Retrieved Nov. 6, 2016 from http://www.samhsa.gov/treatment/substance-use-disorders.


Dear Friends,

On November 10, 2018, the Woolsey Fire destroyed The Canyon at Peace Park’s treatment facility. At this time, The Canyon at Peace Park is not accepting patients for any services. We arranged for the safe and seamless discharge or transition of all patients when we were forced to evacuate due to the fire.

For over 12 years, The Canyon at Peace Park has been privileged to provide integrated treatment for addiction and co-occurring disorders to patients across the nation. Our main focus has always been on our patients and their success. We have served hundreds of patients and their families, providing exclusive treatment and services for a wide range of behavioral health and addiction issues.

Our trained, compassionate staff has been committed to delivering quality patient care with dignity and respect, with the goal of helping our patients return to their communities as healthier individuals. We are extremely proud of the sacrifices of those who worked every day, often under challenging circumstances, to positively impact our patients’ lives.

We thank the physicians and staff for their expertise and dedication in providing high quality, compassionate treatment and care to the patients we have served.

We look forward to carrying on The Canyon at Peace Park’s legacy through our outpatient locations in Santa Monica and Encino. Foundations Recovery Network also has other residential and outpatient facilities around the country offering the same high quality of service you’ve come to expect from us.

If you need help finding treatment, please visit foundationsrecoverynetwork.com or call for more information.

To request medical records please contact UHS-NRO Records Department. Fax a copy of the completed/signed ROI form to FAX# (615)-997-1200 or it can be emailed to [email protected] If you need additional guidance on medical records, please call (615) 312-5834


The Canyon at Peace Park Leadership Team