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If you or someone you love are dependent on or addicted to opiates or opioids such as heroin, fentanyl, morphine, Oxycodone®, Percocet®, or other prescription pain killers we are here to help. Opiate use can lead to severe, life altering and even deadly addiction. Opiate overdoses cause over 115 deaths every day in the United States. Once opiate use becomes an addiction, professional medical treatment is vital to recovery. We understand that seeking treatment may be difficult. Many people have fears or concerns that prevent them from seeking help such as a need for confidentiality, fear of withdrawal symptoms, shame or concerns about stigma.
At Norton Health Care, we have provided comprehensive and effective opiate addiction treatment for over 15 years using a medical and holistic approach. Our services are CONFIDENTIAL, RESPECTFUL, and COMPASSIONATE. We take the time to create a Customized Treatment Plan for each patient:
Your First Appointment
Norton Health Care is open seven days a week. We will always make an effort to get you in as soon as possible, in many cases we are able to see new patients the same day they call. You do not need a referral from another doctor, just a willingness to take back control of your life. When you come in for the first time, one of our experienced and compassionate doctors will take the time to get to know you and your situation. We will do a complete physiological and psychological analysis, then work with you to create a plan for your total care which includes medication, therapy, and other care and life changes based on your individual needs.
Once we have completed our analysis, we will prescribe an appropriate medication plan for your treatment, from detoxification or withdrawal to maintenance treatment. We may prescribe Suboxone® tabs or films, Subutex®, Buprenorphine, or other medications depending on your situation. These medications are designed to help you get back control of your life and maintain a sense of self-respect, functionality, and normalcy.
At Norton Health Care, we believe therapy is an important part of any recovery plan. We provide treatment based on each person’s needs, which may include spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, vocational, social and legal therapies. Individual therapy sessions may include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and Reality-based therapy (RT). The goal is to help each person understand the issues behind their addiction, and to provide you with all of the tools you need to be successful.
We also understand that recovery depends on a strong support system and addiction can be devastating to loved ones, so we provide family counseling as well. In our family counseling sessions we focus on how opiate addiction has destroyed the life of the patient as well as their family. This helps in understanding the core of the issue and solving it from the base. Our therapies include – Meditation, Art Programing, Recreational Programing, Nutritional Counseling, Spiritual Counseling and more.
Ongoing and After-Treatment Care
We keep in very close contact with each patient from the very beginning and throughout their care. We are available seven days a week if you need support. For those who have reached a level of recovery where they no longer need medications or regular therapy, we are still available whenever you need help. Your recovery is our primary goal. You are not alone.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (drugabuse.gov) every day, over 115 people in the United States die from overdosing on opioids. Opiate addiction has become a serious national crisis. Opiates include heroine, fentanyl, Methadone and prescription pain medications such as hydrocodone (e.g. Vicodin®), oxymorphone (e.g. Opana®, OxyContin®), morphine (e.g., Kadian®, Avinza®), codeine, Percocet®,diphenoxylate (Lomotil®). Some of these are street drugs and others are prescribed for treatment of specific conditions or following injuries or surgery. All of these drugs and medications carries a risk of addiction.
How do opioids lead to addiction?
All opiates inhibit transmission of pain signals by attaching to receptor proteins. These receptors are found on nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and on other organs throughout the body. Pain signals are necessary for safety of an organism, but in cases of severe or chronic pain conditions, opioids can allow a person to function at a normal level of comfort. Aside from pain relief, though, opioids can cause a feeling of euphoria, especially when taken in high doses. Dependence results from chronic exposure to a drug which cause physiological changes including changes to brain circuitry. Addiction involves compulsive use and overuse of a substance without regard to consequences.
When a person becomes addicted, they will feel symptoms such as unpleasant withdrawal when the drug is not available or reduced. Opiates can cause severe addiction which must be treated medically.
Often, patients who begins using an opiate prescribed for treatment of a medical condition, injury, or surgery may seek street opiates such as heroin if they become addicted to the medication and it is no longer prescribed for them. In fact, estimates of the number of patients suffering from chronic pain who become addicted to opiates range from 3 to 26 percent.
Opiate addiction, like many addictions, can be initiated or exacerbated by other medical, circumstantial, or psychologicalfactors in a person’s life. Generally, short-term, carefully medically supervised opioid use should not lead to an addiction. But the longer a person uses an opioid and the higher the dosage, the more a person will be at risk for developing a dependence or addiction. Once a person is addicted, it may require long-term or even permanent medical treatment.
The risks involved with opiate use increase tremendously if they are used improperly or at higher doses. A single large dose of opiates can cause a fatal depression of respiratory function. This risk of death becomes more likely when combining opioids with alcohol or sedatives.
Opiate withdrawal includes several symptoms: Restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes, and involuntary leg movements. Withdrawal is the time that a person addicted to opiates is most likely to seek the drug or relapse.
Opiate Addiction Treatment
Opiate addiction is a serious medical, physiological, and psychological condition. Treatment requires an approach that takes all of these factors into account. Typically, an addicted individual will need regular prescribed medications that are designed specifically for opiate addiction treatment. It is also important to identify and treat other factors that are contributing to the addiction. These may include include chronic pain, mental health issues, or life circumstances. Effective treatment requires an individual recovery plan and changes in lifestyle. Every person is different, which is why every treatment plan must be unique. At Norton Health Care, we treat each patient as an individual, with kindness, understanding, confidentiality, and dignity.
Addiction Treatment – Norton MA, Salem & Dover NH
Our doctors at Norton Health Care specializes in addiction treatments including Buprenorphine, Subutex, Methadone & Suboxone for pain. Request an appointment online or call (508) 285-8550 to see a doctor at your nearest location in New England.
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