Opioids are highly addictive and can significantly affect your health. If you are struggling with opioid addiction, Winston Griner, MD, at Affordable & Restorative Health in Nashville, Tennessee, can help. He has more than 15 years of experience helping people with addiction and recovery. He compassionately and comprehensively treats people struggling with opioid dependency through a personalized treatment plan. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.
What Are Opioids?
Opioids are a group of drugs used to manage severe pain, such as morphine, heroin, methadone, and hydromorphone. Opioid use does not come without risks. Regular use of these prescribed or illicit recreational drugs can increase your tolerance and dependence, requiring higher and more frequent doses.
What is Opioid Addiction?
Addiction is much more severe than a strong desire to use drugs. Opioid addiction, also known as Opiate dependence or Opioid use disorder, is a chronic health condition that affects your physical, emotional, and economic well-being and requires ongoing medical care and support.
Opioid addiction relies on opioids, including pain prescription medicines and illegal drugs like pain killers, heroin, and cocaine. Once addicted, you cannot be able to abstain from drug use, therefore interfering with your daily life and overall health. These medicines give mental relaxation, pain relief, and euphoric feelings. The side effects may include slowed breathing, constipation, nausea, confusion, and drowsiness.
Opioid addiction factors are genetic, psychological, and environmental. The risks associated with opioid misuse and high doses are unconsciousness, mental fog, mental disorder, and fatal overdose. Synthetic opioids contribute to nausea and constipation.
Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Addiction
Opioids effectively relieve pain; however, care should be taken when using opioids to avoid abuse and dependency. Common signs of opioid addiction include:
- Opioid cravings and sweating
- Weight loss
- Small pupil
- Chest breathing
- Financial difficulties
- Stealing from family and friends
- Decreased libido
- Poor hygiene
- Isolation from family and friends
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Slurred speech
Causes of opioid addiction
Regular use of Opioid prescribed medications can increase your tolerance and dependence, requiring higher and more frequent doses. Long-term use can also lead to addiction.
If you have a personal or family history of substance abuse, you may be at risk of becoming dependent on opioids.
Association with high-risk users and the environment can also lead to opioid addiction.
Other causes include:
- History of severe depression and anxiety
- Association with criminal activity group
- Stressful situations, grief, or trauma from childhood experiences
- Taking highly addictive drugs
Commonly Used Opioids
Some of the most commonly used Opioids include:
- Prescription Opioids, Such as Oxycontin and Vicodin
- Fentanyl, a Synthetic Opioid 50–100 Times More Potent Than Morphine
Nashville Opioid Addiction Treatment
The only way a person can fully overcome the grips of an Opioids addiction is by seeking treatment and rehabilitation. The most effective form of treatment is inpatient detox followed by inpatient rehab.
These programs help patients dig deep within themselves to uncover the root cause of their drug abuse. Knowing the underlying cause of drug abuse helps prevent future triggers during recovery. Counseling is integral to treatment and is usually required with all medications.
Once you start the opioid addiction treatment program, Dr. Griner works closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that helps you recover from your addiction.
Medications for opioid addiction treatment include methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone. To minimize withdrawal symptoms and cravings, Dr. Griner also provides Suboxone® therapy for opioid addiction.
At Affordable & Restorative Health, we are highly skilled in opioid addiction treatment. For more information about the treatments available at our center, call or book an appointment online today.