Opioid Addiction

What are Opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs that work by depressing the central nervous system, hampering an individual’s ability to feel pain. For example, opioids include heroin and various types of prescription painkillers, such as Morphine, Vicodin, Tramadol, and OxyContin, among others. Prescription painkillers help to ease the pain that results from injuries, surgeries, or other medical conditions. As a result, they can provide significant relief for individuals who are using them as prescribed. However, because of the euphoric feeling produced by these drugs, they are easily abused. For that reason legitimate pain relief use can easily transition to abuse, and finally addiction. Once this narcotic addiction has started, it can be difficult to stop on its own. Also, individuals who run out of prescription opioids often turn to heroin as a last resort.  Most addicts can not stop without opioid treatment.

Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal

When the use of opioids comes to a standstill, individuals are likely going to experience withdrawal as the opioids are no longer in their system. Opioid withdrawal is not usually deadly, but the symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and may include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Runny nose
  • Stomach cramping
  • Bone pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Sleep difficulty
  • Cravings

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​West Palm Beach Opioid Crisis 

Like many parts of the United States, Florida is one of the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. Heroin and prescription opioid use and overdose are prevalent in all areas of the state but are particularly high in West Palm Beach. Because South Florida and Palm Beach County are home to so many rehabs, we have a substantial population of adults in addiction recovery. In other words, we have more adults who are at risk by virtue of being in addiction treatment. Despite significant declines in opioid prescription distribution, nearly 5,000 Floridians still died in 2016 from an opioid overdose. These sad fatalities underscore the continued need for medication assisted treatment (MAT).

Why Use Opioids to Treat Opioid Abuse?

There is an inherent risk in giving a patient who is addicted to a drug a related drug to treat their addiction. However, opioid dependence is so powerful that the safest option for these patients is to let them gently taper down to the point where they can be empowered by the benefits of the abstinence models of care.

Many studies explain that people who are addicted to opioids cannot simply stop taking opioids. Of those who do try, about 20 percent maintain their sobriety for a full year. As much as patients need behavioral therapy, counseling, and 12-step support, they also sometimes need real medications to make getting sober possible. And, most importantly, not to fatally overdose and become a statistic. Suboxone treatment and other MAT medications are making a difference where it counts - Harm reduction and hope for a brighter future.

​Local Outpatient Program for Opioid Addiction Treatment

​Outpatient MAT programs for opioid treatment provide an alternative approach to abstinence programs. Most importantly, they help save the lives of millions of Americans who fight opioid addiction. In particular, MAT programs include the use of FDA-approved medications that can prevent most, if not all, withdrawal indications that come with opioid addiction. Moreover, taking opioids for a long time can lead to a higher tolerance for the drug, which can create dependence. Once an addiction is built for a particular drug, people often feel the desire to take the same drug or a similar one more often, like heroin. For those who needing West Palm Beach opioid treatment, Medication Assisted Treatment with Suboxone removes the dangerous cravings and withdrawal. Typically, patients removed from these symptoms are more receptive to behavioral therapy and recovery.

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