Opioid addiction has been a serious health care concern because it can cause even death. Norton Health Care, being one of the best rehab clinics, offers comprehensive treatment for opioid addictions. We also spread awareness among people so that they use prescription opioids in the right way and this awareness program stops them from buying illegal opioids from the market.
Even though much has been said and done, people carry misconceptions about opioid addiction treatment. Here, we are trying to solve queries of people by explaining some key terms.
Addiction is mainly a brain disease that is caused by compulsive substance use. People with addiction often overdose the drug for getting highs. Despite experiencing adverse effects, they cannot stop themselves from taking drugs. Addiction changes how our brain works. It also brings a change in an individual’s behavior. People with addictions also have a difficult relationship with family and friends.
If you get addicted to any drugs, including opioids, you need to visit a doctor’s office and address your complications clearly to him/her. Remember that addiction can take a life if it remains untreated.
Medically supervised withdrawal:
This is more known as detoxification. Doctors use opioid agonists to help patients cut down the cravings of the drugs. This phase is specifically designed for assisting patients in discontinuing their drug cravings.
At Norton Health Care, doctors are prescribing treatments that are effective on an individual’s health. They decide the right doses for medicines and come up with the best plans for them. The effectiveness of medicines depends on how patients feel during the treatment. If they find little no side effects with the medicines, this proves to be the right one.
When people take opioids in other ways than the prescribed directions, they misuse opioids. The use of opioids in such a manner that can harm one’s health is called opioid misuse.
Opioid Receptor Agonist:
A substance that stimulates the psychological activity at the cell receptors in the central nervous systems is called the opioid receptor agonist. Mu-opioid receptor full agonists bind to the mu receptor and generate actions similar to the endogenous opioids beta-endorphin which is created internally in our body. When you increase the dose, it also increases the effect. There are also substances called partial agonist that attaches to the receptor sites but they are less strong than full opioids, and increasing the dose will not cause any additional effect.
Opioid Receptor antagonist:
An antagonist blocks the receptor sites of the central nervous systems and prevents exogenously administered opioids from activating the sites and creating the highs.
Opioids are the drugs that include synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and pain relievers – oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, and morphine – which are legally available by prescriptions. It also includes illegal drugs like heroin.
Opioid Treatment Program (OTP):
Opioid Addiction Treatment is certified by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration) and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Only the certified rehab center can conduct the treatment program. Norton Health Care is one of the renowned and established names that offer opioid addiction treatment to people. An experienced team of doctors treat patients and decide treatment plans which prove to be the best for curing addiction.
Our doctors always take a gradual addiction recovery path instead of a sudden change. Our body needs time to adjust to new situations. Stopping drugs suddenly will cause strong withdrawal which is painful. This is why tapering off the dose or using other medications is important. Opioid addiction treatment needs a thorough understanding. Experienced doctors can assess the situation of addicts and plan treatments that provide a faster recovery without putting the lives of patients at risk.
In the opioid addiction treatment program, three drugs get certified by the FDA (Food And Drug Administration) – Methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone. Doctors will decide which type of medicines work best for opioid addiction treatment. The best medicines comfort addicts and reduce the symptoms. If patients experience any uncomfortable situation, they can consult with doctors and can change the treatment plans. Do not make any changes in the dose or medicines without asking your doctors.
These three medicines come up with different qualities and character. They will not treat the addiction in the same way. Here is a brief description of opioid addiction treatment medicines.
Methadone acts as an opioid in the brain and it reduces the craving of drugs. The patients who are on methadone medication feel normal. Methadone can be prescribed at the beginning of the withdrawal. It comes in a pill form, liquid, and a wafer.
Buprenorphine is a widely used medicine for opioid addiction treatment. Buprenorphine is available in different brand names such as Suboxone – which is a medication containing both buprenorphine and Naloxone. Buprenorphine works as a partial opioid agonist that tricks the brain to have opioids and this medicine or substance will not cause any high. Naloxone is another substance that is considered to be an opioid antagonist that blocks the opioid receptor sites of the brain when people try to overdose the drug. Naloxone gets activated when people try to misuse suboxone and take a higher dose than prescribed.
Buprenorphine comes in tablets or film forms. This medication is not advised until patients experience mild to moderate opioid withdrawals.
Naltrexone blocks opioids from activating opioid receptor sites of the brain. This will reduce the chances of getting highs. Naltrexone is prescribed when a person does not have a trace of other opioids in his/her body. Withdrawal from the clinician’s presence is needed before starting this treatment process. Generally, naloxone comes in a pill form which can be taken regularly.
Opioid use disorder:
The opioid disorder is a chronic disorder that has serious consequences on our health-related to disability, relapses, and death. Opioid use order happens when patients misuse opioids by taking higher amounts of dose or taking opioids for a longer period.
The general symptoms of opioid use disorder are:
- Unsuccessful attempts to cut down the risks of opioids
- Craving or a strong desire to use the drug
- Continue opioid use despite the negative consequences
- Giving up activities due to the opioid abuse
Recovery is the process of change that improves the health conditions of patients and helps them get back to their regular life. People with substance use disorder can be recovered from their ill-health conditions. With the proper medications, they can feel relaxed and also do not feel the craving for drugs, though the state of mind cannot be achieved easily, recovery is possible in the opioid addiction.
MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment):
It is the treatment process where doctors use both medications and behavioral and counseling therapy and this particular treatment option proves to be very effective for opioid addiction treatment. In the opioid addiction treatment, medicines cannot provide the best results for recovery. This is why counseling and behavioral therapy have been introduced to boost the social self of addicts. This kind of treatment helps patients go back to their normal, regular life.
It is the phase when patients experience a return of symptoms due to various reasons. It involves more than one incident. Relapse can be caused over a period of time and it can also be interrupted with the proper use of medication. It needs not to be long-lasting. Many people experience relapses because they want to experiment or test their ability to control the cravings. If you are in the same situation, you can avoid the relapse issue by following a few simple tips:
Avoid The Chances Of relapse:
- Don’t think – one last time cannot hurt
- Stay determined to cope with stress without the use of drugs
- Manage your physical and emotional plan on your own
- An overdose to end one’s life
Remission is a medical term that denotes the disappearance of signs and symptoms of the disease. It is an important part of opioid addiction recovery.
Residential rehabilitation or rehab is a drug or alcohol treatment program that is provided in a residential setting. It provides an intense program for drug abuse treatment. There are two types of rehab centers – traditional and modern. Traditional rehab centers are established far from the locality. But the new rehab centers have the supported housing provision that is attached to structured treatment and other local services.
In-patient and Out-patient Treatment:
Opioid addiction treatment includes in-patient and out-patient treatments for opioid addiction. In the inpatient treatment, patients stay in the rehab centers and follow the treatments. This offers a higher success rate. This treatment process is more expensive and patients will get medical support always. Outpatient rehab centers are those where patients visit for the treatment anytime during a day. It is a more affordable option as well.
So, these are some common terms that are used in opioid addiction treatments. Norton Health Care is a renowned treatment center that offers opioid addiction treatment to people. The rehab center has been offering treatments for opioid addictions and helped many get back to their normal life. Experienced doctors’ team will always be there for you. They analyze the addiction of an individual and prescribe the treatment accordingly.
We have branches in three prime locations – Norton MA, Salem NH, and Dover NH. Our rehab centers are also easily accessible from the places Manchester and Lawrence, Brockton, Taunton, Attleboro, and Rochester.