What is it?
Opioids are a class of drug that includes heroin, fentanyl, and prescription painkillers – such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine and morphine. The most commonly known opioid painkillers are OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone). Regular use of opioid painkillers – even when prescribed by a doctor – can lead to dependency.
What are the symptoms?
When opioids are abused, it can often lead to an overdose incident, or even death. Symptoms of an opioid addiction/overdose can include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of money and valuables
- Inability to sleep
- Tremors or withdrawal symptoms
- Noticeable elation/euphoria
- Slowed breathing
- Extra pill bottles being found
How do we treat it?
For cases of opioid addiction, therapy - combined with medication – can be an efficient way to combat this dangerous addiction. During these sessions, we will work towards getting to the root of the addiction, as well as establish healthy, attainable short and long-term goals. We will work together to reestablish relationships, and begin rebuilding your life without addiction. There are also effective medications available to treat opioid addiction - including methadone, buprenorphine and extended release naltrexone. Medications should always be combined with behavioral counseling for a “whole patient” approach.