Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Conway Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Conway Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit

Common Signs & Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

Get in front of an opioid addiction by learning the signs and symptoms. Read what causes opioid addiction, what signs to look out for, and potential long-term effects. Understanding your symptoms is the first step to successful healing.

Understanding Opioids

Learn about opioids and substance abuse

Opioids are a category of powerful, addictive drugs. These substances interact with areas of your central nervous system that control heart rate, breathing, and feelings of pleasure and pain.  

Some opioids, such as morphine, fentanyl, and many prescription painkillers, have valuable medical benefits when used appropriately. Other opioids, such as heroin, are used primarily as a source of an illicit high. 

Any use of an opioid can put you at risk for addiction. However, this risk is magnified if you attempt to self-medicate, or if you use an opioid for recreational purposes.  


Opioid addiction statistics 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have reported the following statistics about opioid abuse in the United States: 

Causes & Risks

Causes and risk factors for opioid addiction  

Your risk for developing an addiction to opioids can be influenced by several factors, including the following: 

  • Family history of addiction or mental illness 
  • Prior substance use 
  • Personal history of conduct disorder during childhood or adolescence 
  • Past or current struggles with certain other mental health disorders 
  • Having an impulsive or novelty-seeking personality 
  • Having easy access to opioids 
  • Being prescribed an opioid for an injury or medical condition  

Signs and symptoms of opioid addiction 

The following are among the more common signs that a person has become dependent upon an opioid: 

Behavioral symptoms: 

  • “Doctor shopping,” or trying to get prescriptions for opioids from multiple physicians 
  • Borrowing or stealing opioids that were prescribed to someone else 
  • Using opioids when it is clearly dangerous to do so, such as when driving an automobile or drinking alcohol  
  • Continuing to use opioids even after experiencing negative outcomes due to past use 
  • Lying or being otherwise deceptive about your opioid use 
  • Trying but failing to stop using opioids 

Physical symptoms: 

  • Fatigue or lethargy 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Watery eyes  
  • Runny nose 
  • Itchiness 
  • Constipation 
  • Unintentional weight loss 

Mental symptoms: 

  • Problems with focus or concentration 
  • Memory problems 
  • Impaired judgment 
  • Dramatic mood swings 
  • Anxiety 
  • Paranoia 

Effects of opioid addiction and substance abuse

Ongoing untreated opioid addiction can expose you to considerable harm, including the following negative outcomes: 

  • Strained or lost friendships 
  • Family discord 
  • Liver damage 
  • Kidney damage 
  • Heart damage 
  • Heart problems 
  • Physical injury due to actions taken while impaired by opioids 
  • Onset or worsening of mental health disorders 
  • Substandard performance at work or in school 
  • Chronic absenteeism 
  • Academic failure 
  • Job loss  
  • Unemployment 
  • Financial struggles 
  • Legal problems such as arrest and incarceration 
  • Social withdrawal 
  • Isolation 
  • Pervasive sense of hopelessness and helplessness 
  • Suicidal thoughts 
  • Suicidal behaviors 

When you seek treatment for opioid addiction, you can avoid outcomes such as the ones listed above, and can begin to heal from past harm. With proper professional care, your life can get much better. 

Co-Occurring Disorders

Opioid addiction and co-occurring disorders

If you develop an addiction to opioids, you may also be at increased risk for the following co-occurring disorders: 

  • Other substance use disorders 
  • Depression 
  • Antisocial personality disorder 
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
Withdrawal & Overdose

Effects of opioid withdrawal and overdose

Effects of withdrawal: Opioid withdrawal can be extremely painful, and may include symptoms such as the following: 

  • Intense cravings for opioids 
  • Severe cramping 
  • Pain in muscles and bones 
  • Excessive perspiration 
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Agitation 

Effects of overdose: Opioid use can impact breathing and heart rate, which means that overdose can be devastating. Anyone who exhibits the following symptoms after using an opioid needs immediate medical attention: 

  • Extreme confusion or disorientation 
  • Slow or labored breathing 
  • Diminished heart rate 
  • Inability to be awakened 
  • Muscle spasms 
  • Seizure 
  • Bluish skin near fingertips or lips