There Is Always Hope!
Opioid dependence–addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin–is a chronic, or long-term, medical condition. Because of the ways it affects the brain, opioid dependence isn’t something many people can overcome on their own. Fortunately, there are proven medical treatments that, along with counseling and behavioral therapy, have helped millions of people regain control over their lives.
Feeling awkward about asking for help?
There is no reason to feel embarrassed if you have become dependent on any of these drugs. Drug addiction is a medical illness that requires long-term care, including medications for some. These drugs physically change the brain — it’s not simply a matter of finding the willpower to quit. Medication-assisted addiction treatment is not a one-size-fits-all answer, but it does work. We understand. Our physicians and staff will treat you with compassion and care.
New medications for treatment are now available.
Opioid drug abuse might leave you feeling like there’s no way out, but there are successful opioid addiction treatments and medications we can prescribe you today to help you feel better tomorrow. Don’t be ashamed to get the help that’s available to you.
Newer drugs like buprenorphine (sometimes combined with naloxone) and naltrexone and traditional therapies like methadone are now available to help you get the relief you need.
More about these treatments.
Suboxone (Buprenorphine) is an opioid medicine similar to morphine, codeine, and heroin. It relieves drug cravings without giving you the same high as other opioid drugs. Buprenorphine can cause side effects similar to other opioids and also can cause physical dependence. Buprenorphine can help treat addiction to opioid drugs, including heroin and narcotic painkillers. It prevents or reduces withdrawal symptoms caused by quitting these drugs. Research has shown that buprenorphine is effective for treating opioid addiction.
Vivitrol (Naltrexone) is purely an opioid blocker. It works in the brain to prevent opiate effects (e.g., feelings of well-being, pain relief). It also decreases the desire to take opiates.
It is used to prevent people who have been addicted to certain drugs (opiates) from taking them again. It is used as part of a complete treatment program for drug abuse (such as counseling and lifestyle changes). This medication isn’t prescribed for people currently taking opiates, including methadone. Doing so can cause sudden withdrawal symptoms.
This medication is also used to treat alcohol abuse. It can help people drink less alcohol or stop drinking altogether. It also decreases the desire to drink alcohol when used with a treatment program that includes counseling, support, and lifestyle changes.
Feeling withdrawal symptoms?
If you use opiates for an extended period of time, your body becomes desensitized to the drug. Extended use of opiates changes the structure of nerve cells in your brain. These cells will begin to need the drug just to function properly. But when you stop using opiates abruptly, your body will react, leading to symptoms of withdrawal.
- muscle aches
- tearing eyes
- runny nose
- excessive sweating
- excessive yawning
MedCare Express is unique because we understand. Our physicians and staff will provide you with treatment for your opioid dependence with compassion and care. Don’t wait. Call us or just stop by today. Appointments are not necessary.