Addiction Medicine

Addiction Medicine
Opioid Dependence is a challenging disease that often requires medication-assisted treatment with counseling to offer the best chance of success. Suboxone is a medication used to treat opiate addiction. Used properly with counseling, Suboxone helps patients stay with their treatment by suppressing withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings.
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What are Opioids?
Opioids are drugs that are derived from opiates or are chemically related to opiates, which include:
heroin
opium
morphine
codeine
oxycodone & hydrocodone
methadon
buprenorphine

Dependence on opioids is often an unanticipated side effect of proper pain treatment or can also come from repeated recreational use.

Your body becomes accustomed to ever-higher amounts so that when the drug is stopped you go into withdrawal (nausea, vomiting, sweats, diarrhea, shaking, and anxiety). Even after the physical phase of withdrawal is over, you still might not feel right, and may relapse just to “feel normal.” Medical treatment such as suboxone is needed as dependence is considered a disease.
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What are some common characteristics of Opioid Dependence?
Withdrawal symptoms that occur when opioids are not used.
Taking other drugs to help relieve the symptoms
Taking larger amounts of opioids than planned and for longer periods of time
Persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to quit
Spending a lot of time and effort to obtain, use, and recover from opioid use
Giving up or reducing social or recreational activities; missing work
?Continued opioid use regardless of negative consequences
?Opioid tolerance (the need to take more drug to get the same effect, or getting less effect from the same amount of the drug)
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Patients displaying 3 or more of the above in a 12-month period are considered opioid-dependent.
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Regain control.
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