Opioid dependence—physical addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin—affects many people in the US. Unfortunately, people who struggle with opioid dependence may be reluctant to ask for help because of the stigma attached to the notion of “drug dependence.”
Opioid dependence is a complex health condition with many elements that are caused or made worse by continued opioid use. Key elements include social, psychological, and biological components. Opioid dependence can occur as the brain adapts to the regular use of opioids over time. People who are opioid dependent may continue using opioids despite experiencing harmful consequences.
You are not alone
Opioid dependence is a chronic disease that can affect anyone. It could be a friend, a co-worker, a spouse, a brother, a sister, or a parent.
If you or someone you know may be dependent on opioids, you are not alone. In 2013, there were nearly 2.4 million reports of people that had abused or were dependent on opioids—such as heroin—or prescription painkillers.
Know your opioids: Opioids can be prescription painkillers. For example, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl—better known by the brand names as OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Percocet®, and Actiq®—are opioids. The street drug heroin is also an opioid.
Here are some of the types of treatment available:
- Counseling which addresses the psychological and behavioral aspects of addiction
- Twelve-step programs are based on a set of guiding principles that outline a course of action to work towards recovery from addiction
- In-patient treatment programs are highly structured programs in hospitals and residential treatment centers that offer around-the-clock support
- In a clinic with methadone a medication-assisted treatment is used to prevent withdrawal without the level of euphoria associated with other opioids
- Office-based medication-assisted treatment is a treatment in which prescription medications are used to help suppress withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings, along with counseling and other support. One type of medication-assisted treatment is SUBOXONE Film, with counseling and psychosocial support. Together with a doctor who is qualified to treat opioid dependence, SUBOXONE Film may help you—or someone you care about—manage opioid dependence
- We Provide Office based treatment with Suboxone. Please call and make an appointment today at (470)-424-8888.