Geisinger Behavioral Health Centers

Moosic’s trusted opioid addiction treatment center

Opioid addiction, or opioid use disorder, is the overwhelming compulsion to keep using opioids despite their negative effects on your life.

Opioids include illicit drugs such as heroin, as well as legal prescription painkillers, which are generally safe if you take them as directed by your doctor. However, because opioids work in the body’s nervous system to reduce pain intensity and increase pleasure, they are commonly abused.

Adolescents and adults who have opioid addiction concerns and mental health disorders can find clinically excellent treatment and compassionate support at Geisinger Behavioral Health Center Northeast in Moosic, Pa.

Signs of opioid addiction

Using opioids, whether legal or illegal, can put you at risk for developing an opioid addiction.

Signs that you or someone you love may have an opioid addiction can include:

  • Spending a lot of time acquiring, using and recovering from the use of opioids
  • Having powerful cravings for opioids
  • Failing to fulfill your obligations at home or work due to opioid abuse
  • Trying unsuccessfully to reduce the amount and frequency of opioid abuse
  • Abandoning activities or interests that used to be very important to you
  • Needing to use larger amounts of opioids to achieve the same effects you used to get from smaller amounts of the drug
  • Developing withdrawal symptoms when you’re unable to abuse opioids or when you attempt to stop using opioids
  • Needing to use opioids to experience joy or cope with sadness
  • Wearing long sleeves and long pants in hot weather to hide injection sites

If you or a loved one spend a lot of time focusing on getting and using opioids, it may be time to discuss treatment options. With the right care from a reputable opioid addiction treatment center, you can achieve long-term healing.

Physical symptoms of opioid addiction

The warning signs of opioid addiction reflect your compulsion to find and take the drug at all costs. There are also physical symptoms that can reflect opioid abuse, including:

  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Significant weight loss
  • Slurred speech patterns
  • Persistent drowsiness or lack of energy
  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Difficulties with balance and coordination
  • Dry mouth
  • Slowed breathing
  • Frequent itchiness
  • Constipation
  • Dramatic changes in energy level
  • Severe mood swings

If you recognize signs and untreated symptoms of opioid addiction in yourself or your loved one, you can get the care you need at Geisinger Behavioral Health. We help patients who have co-occurring mental health and addiction concerns begin the recovery process and achieve lasting healing.

Common causes of and risk factors for opioid addiction

There is no universal cause of opioid addiction. However, researchers have found that several factors might increase your chance of developing opioid use disorder, including:

  • Family history of substance abuse
  • Personal history of substance abuse
  • Co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Taking a prescription painkiller for a legitimate medical concern
  • Inherited personality traits, such as impulsivity and risk-taking
  • Exposure to environments where opioid abuse is tolerated or even encouraged
  • Peer groups that use opioids or other drugs

Opioid addiction statistics

Finding effective treatment for opioid addiction can be lifesaving, as the World Health Organization reports that around 500,000 deaths worldwide are caused by drug use, and more than 70% of those deaths are related to opioids. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that almost 75% of drug overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid.

Effects of untreated opioid addiction

Treating opioid addiction can positively affect your physical health and your emotional and mental well-being. You can also avoid the physical effects of untreated opioid addiction, including:

  • Malnutrition
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Endocarditis
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Respiratory problems
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Brain damage
  • Lowered libido and sexual dysfunction
  • Diminished fertility
  • Chronic constipation
  • Increased risk for lost or complicated pregnancy
  • Physical injuries due to slips, falls and reckless behaviors
  • Exposure to HIV, hepatitis and other diseases that may spread through shared use of injection paraphernalia
  • Overdose

Beyond the physical effects, being treated for opioid addiction can help you avoid other negative outcomes, such as:

  • Development or worsening of co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Delayed academic progress, failure and expulsion
  • Job loss and long-term unemployment
  • Financial loss
  • Arrest and incarceration
  • Disrupted relationships with friends, family members and coworkers
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Homelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors

If you’re having symptoms or side effects of opioid addiction, make treatment a priority. You can begin to undo opioid addiction’s harmful effects as you rely on your personal strength and the support of a qualified professional team.

What happens during opioid withdrawal?

Because opioids produce certain chemicals in your brain, your body stops naturally producing those chemicals on its own. As a result, attempting to stop using opioids can cause uncomfortable symptoms that can make it hard to end opioid use. Finding professional help to end opioid addiction will support you through common symptoms of opioid withdrawal, including:

  • Gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Extreme cravings for opioids
  • Pain in muscles and bones
  • Difficulty staying conscious
  • Tics, tremors or shaking
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Watery eyes and runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating and chills


Receiving care at Geisinger Behavioral Health’s addiction inpatient treatment center can help you go through withdrawal symptoms without getting overwhelmed and giving up. Our multidisciplinary team of medical and behavioral health professionals can provide the comfort and support you need as you take this courageous first step in your recovery process.

Therapies used to treat a co-occurring opioid addiction

Inpatient treatment for co-occurring opioid addiction features full days and nights of care, multiple types of therapy and access to behavioral and medical healthcare teams. Geisinger Behavioral Health is a leading addiction inpatient treatment center for people of all ages who have mental health concerns and co-occurring opioid addictions. You can receive clinically excellent care incorporating effective evidence-based practices, including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): During cognitive behavioral therapy, licensed therapists can work with you to identify and change negative thought patterns that can impact your recovery.
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT): Using DBT, therapists can help you identify behavioral patterns that can be shifted to better support your healing.
  • Trauma-informed care: Therapists approach you with the understanding that you may have past trauma. They provide sensitive care designed to avoid triggers that might cause you discomfort.
  • Motivational interviewing: During motivational interviewing, therapists focus on your goals for recovery. Instead of telling you what you should do to heal, therapists ask you many questions that can help you come up with your own answers and directions.

Why choose our co-occurring opioid addiction treatment center

At Geisinger Behavioral Health in Moosic, Pa., adolescents ages 13+ and adults age 18+ can find multidisciplinary treatment for co-occurring opioid addiction.

Your personalized treatment plan at our opioid addiction inpatient treatment center may include:

  • Medication management services: You can see a psychiatrist daily, and a certified registered nurse practitioner or physician assistant can also help monitor your medications.
  • Individual therapy: Depending on your needs, you can meet with a licensed mental health professional who may use evidence-based practices such as CBT and DBT to help you analyze your patterns and develop healthier ways of managing stress.
  • Group therapy: At least three group therapy sessions may be offered each day. In these group sessions, you, your peers and behavioral health staff can discuss various concerns and skills, including trauma, coping skills, self-esteem and healthy boundaries.
  • Experiential therapy: Along with medical care and intensive talk therapies, you can also take advantage of a range of creative arts therapies at our facility.
  • 12-Step education: The staff at our inpatient treatment center uses the principles of the 12-Step recovery model in addition to medication management and therapy.

Choosing to receive care at Geisinger Behavioral Health’s opioid addiction inpatient treatment facility lets you focus your time and attention on your recovery. We look forward to partnering with you in your healing process.

This content was written on behalf of and reviewed by the clinical staff at Geisinger Behavioral Health Center Northeast.