Opioid abuse, also called opioid use disorder, has reached epidemic status in the United States. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, more than 1.6 million people suffer from opioid addiction, with more than 70,000 losing their lives in 2019 alone.
Knowing what to look for can help you know when to seek treatment for your own opioid use or that of a loved one. Some of the signs of opioid addiction include:
If you notice these changes in a loved one or have concerns about your own dependence on opioid medications, call Kimberly Cares to discuss treatment options.
It’s important to understand that not everyone who experiences opioid abuse is obtaining those drugs illegally. You can become addicted to opioids while taking prescriptions provided by a health professional.
Suboxone is an FDA-approved medication for treating opioid addiction as part of medication-assisted treatment (MAT). The medication works by lessening the euphoria and other effects of opioid use.
Suboxone helps people recover from opioid addiction by lessening cravings and easing the symptoms of withdrawal. It is often prescribed during the early stages of addiction recovery. Suboxone can also be used over a longer period to help prevent relapse. Your dosage is carefully monitored and adjusted as needed.
Medication-assisted treatment is just one of many tools that help people overcome addiction. The best path to success incorporates other tools and techniques.
Many people find it helpful to work with a support group as they navigate their recovery from opioid addiction. Others prefer to work one-on-one with a counselor or therapist.
Taking care of your overall physical health is also an important part of recovery. At Kimberly Cares, you have access to top quality primary health care that can support and nourish your body as you move closer to optimal health and wellness.
When you’re ready to learn more, schedule a visit at Kimberly Cares. Online booking is available, or you can always call to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff regarding appointment availability.