Opioids can offer effective relief for patients who have certain types of severe pain, but they can also lead to problems with dependence and addiction. Rosiland Harrington, MD, MSCR, of Decatur Health and Wellness in Tucker, Georgia, is an experienced primary care physician who provides specialist opioid withdrawal treatment for patients who feel unable to manage without their medication, freeing you from the trap of addiction safely and permanently. Find out more by calling Decatur Health and Wellness today, or book an appointment online.
Opioids are a type of strong prescription medication used for severe, acute pain caused by an injury or surgery, or for relief of chronic pain caused by long-term conditions like cancer. Prescription opioids include:
Opioids can be highly effective when used correctly, but research shows that people who take opioids are susceptible to developing an addiction to their medication. Addiction often leads to serious physical and mental health problems, and addicts frequently resort to obtaining extra supplies of their opioids illegally.
Opioid addiction is now known to be a serious health problem across the United States, with CDC statistics showing that as many as or more than 11.5 million Americans have had problems with addiction to prescription opioids. Dr. Harrington and her team at Decatur Health and Wellness specialize in supporting people who have an opioid addiction and helping them overcome their problem safely.
If you find it impossible to stop taking your prescription opioid because you feel that you can’t function without it, or you regularly take more than your prescribed dose and can’t stop yourself, that’s a good indication that you have a problem.
Taking too many opioids can lead to a range of physical symptoms including drowsiness, mood disorders, and agitation; it can also affect your breathing, your ability to think clearly and behave normally, and disrupt your usual sleep patterns. Your friends and family are likely to notice changes in you, and it’s common for people who have an opioid addiction to encounter relationship problems and difficulties at work.
At Decatur Health and Wellness, Dr. Harrington and her team create an individual treatment plan for each patient to help them overcome their opioid addiction. Weaning yourself off opioids can cause withdrawal symptoms which, if severe, can result in failure to quit, so making the change gradually under medical supervision is far safer. Typical opioid withdrawal symptoms include:
Dr. Harrington can prescribe medications to help ease the intensity of withdrawal symptoms, such as anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and partial opioid agonists. Buprenorphine (Suboxone®) is a partial agonist, which means it acts on the same parts of the brain as the opioid, helping prevent severe withdrawal symptoms; but it doesn’t induce the same kind of high as the opioid.
The other key element of opioid treatment is counseling. Decatur Health and Wellness has a licensed addiction therapist on staff to support you through the withdrawal process and help you avoid any relapses.
If you’re concerned about opioid addiction, call Decatur Health and Wellness today to find out more about specialist opioid treatment, or book an appointment online.