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Opioid Addiction Treatment

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What is Opioid Addiction and How Can It Be Treated?

Anybody who uses opioids is at high risk for developing an addiction. While your personal history and how long you have used opioids can play a part, it is impossible to predict who will eventually become dependent on these drugs. These drugs are the main cause of most overdose deaths in America today, whether legal or illegal, stolen, or shared.

Addiction refers to a state in which something once pleasurable becomes something you cannot live without. Doctors define drug addiction as an irresistible craving for a drug, and the compulsive use of a drug despite repeated unhealthy consequences. Because opioids activate your brain’s reward centers, they can be addictive.

Opioids trigger the release of endorphins, your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters. Endorphins can temporarily reduce your pain perception and increase feelings of pleasure. This creates a powerful feeling of well-being. You may feel the need to have those positive feelings back as soon as your opioid dose is finished, and this is the first step on your path to addiction.

Opioids can become addictive if you use them in ways that are not prescribed. For example, crushing pills so they can be snorted and injected. This can be life-threatening and even deadly if you are using a long-acting or extended-acting pill. Accidental overdose can be caused by the rapid delivery of all medication to your body and your risk of becoming addicted increases if you take more opioid medication than your doctor prescribed or if you take it more frequently than prescribed.

Prescribed opioids can also play a part in your life. Research has shown that opioid medication use for longer periods of time increases the risk of developing addiction. After only five days of opioid use, the odds that you will still be using opioids one year later are higher.

What are the Symptoms of Opioid Addiction?

Opioids can be described as a combination of prescription pain medications and illegal drugs like heroin. Although opioids may be prescribed by doctors to relieve pain, misuse can lead to dependence or addiction. This is what medical professionals call “opioid use disorders”. Any person prescribed opioids should carefully follow the doctor’s instructions and only take the prescribed dosage.

Opioid abuse disorder refers to a medical condition that makes it difficult for someone to stop using opioids. It also includes any behaviors or actions that are influenced by opioid use which interferes with their daily lives. An opioid abuse disorder can lead to physical dependence and this is characterized by cravings and sweating. A person with an opioid abuse disorder may not show symptoms immediately. There may be signs over time that someone is struggling with opioid use disorder, and should be addressed as soon as possible to ensure proper treatment is administered.

Common Signs of Opioid Addiction

  • Inability to manage opioid use
  • Insatiable cravings
  • Drowsiness
  • Sleep habits and changes
  • Weight loss
  • Flu-like symptoms are common
  • Reduced libido
  • Inadequacy in hygiene
  • Exercise habits that change
  • Isolation from family and friends
  • You steal from your family, friends, or business partners
  • New financial difficulties
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Statistics On Opioid Addiction And Abuse:

Opioids are a class of drugs which block sensations of pain and cause euphoria. They are dangerous because they pose very high risks for addiction and overdose. Opioids are an ingredient in many pain-relieving medications. Since they are controlled substances, drug traffickers also sell them illegally. Opioids, both illegal and prescribed, have caused a surge of deaths in the US in the past 2 decades.

  • About 130 Americans die every day from an Opioid overdose.
  • Since 1999, the sale of Opioid Painkillers has skyrocketed by 300%.
  • About 20% to 30% of people who take prescription Opioids misuse them.
  • About 10% of people who misuse prescription Opioids become addicted to Opioids.
  • Approximately 2.1 million Americans have an Opioid use disorder.
  • About 5% of people with an Opioid use disorder will try Heroin.

Statistics On Heroin Addiction And Abuse:

Heroin is a powerful and addictive Opioid. It is an illegal drug which poses serious risks for overdose. Heroin, especially Heroin mixed with Fentanyl (a very powerful Synthetic Opioid), has been a major contributor to the Opioid epidemic in the United States.

    • Roughly 0.3% of American adults are Heroin users.
    • There are over 100,000 new Heroin users each year.
    • More than 28% of 2019’s Opioid overdose fatalities were linked to Heroin.
    • Due to use patterns and Narcan, the rate of Heroin-linked overdose deaths fell 6% from 2018 to 2019.
    • There were 14,019 Heroin-linked deaths by overdose in 2019.
    • Though deaths have dipped recently, they still almost quintupled from 2010 to 2019.

Opioid Addiction Treatment Options:

Types of Opioid Addiction Treatments

People with addictive disorders visit hospital emergency rooms when they are in crisis. Hospitals will conduct an assessment and determine the patient’s main needs and then will connect the patient to the best treatment options for these needs. Outpatient therapy or an inpatient program for people suffering from substance abuse is typically the best way to treat these disorders. These programs often use medication to aid patients in overcoming their dependence on opioids.

Medication Assisted Treatment

Methadone is commonly used to help treat Opioid Addiction but needs to be prescribed correctly. Methadone is typically provided in a clinic setting and can be used to treat cravings and withdrawal.

The medication buprenorphine relieves opioid cravings but does not give the same high as other opioids. This medicine is often prescribed by doctors in offices. It can be administered under the tongue as a daily dose or via thin tubes that are inserted underneath the skin. The effects last for six months.

Both of these medicines activate opioid receptors in your body, suppressing cravings. They are both safe and effective in safety and side effects. They are typically used for maintenance treatments and these medicines can also be used to reduce the effects of opioids. Patients are likely to relapse and doctors must do more with patients who have relapsed multiple times. These therapies tend to be more effective for patients who are motivated and have a strong social support system.

Naltrexone, a completely different medication, doesn’t activate the opioid receptor but blocks the euphoric/sedative effects. Before naltrexone can be started, the patient must have completely eliminated all opioids from their system. You can either take it orally or once a month.

Emergency Medication Assisted Treatment

Naloxone is available in emergency situations when respiratory arrest due to opioid overdose has occurred or is imminent. Naloxone can flush out opioid receptors and reverse an overdose. However, it is not an addiction treatment.

Find Opioid Addiction Treatment

A New Crossroad offers personalized medication assisted treatment programs for opioid addiction treatment. Contact our team of substance abuse and mental health treatment professionals today to schedule your consultation with us! 

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