The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly 218,000 people in the United States have died from overdose related to prescription opioids. That number represents deaths between 1990 and 2017, with deaths rising “five times higher in 2017 than those in 1990.”
Country in Crisis
There is an opioid crisis in the United States. Following catastrophic injuries, illnesses, and surgeries, patients in moderate to extreme pain are often prescribed heavy painkillers called opioids. A few of the opioids that physicians prescribe are hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine, and morphine. These opioids are highly addictive when used improperly.
Patients who are in extreme discomfort can become addicted to opioids as they try to alleviate their pain without realizing what’s happening. Doctors prescribe these medications when other medications are not working to alleviate pain. They prescribe them as minimally as possible. However, because of the highly addictive nature of opioids, there is still a chance for addiction if the physician and patient are not cautious.
Responsible doctors are proactive, wishing to help their patients avoid dependency and addiction. This involves open communication between patient and doctor, consist monitoring and readjustment of medications, and looking out for warning signs of dependency.
Patients can recover from opioid dependency, but there is a recovery process. The first step to recovery is to recognize that there is a problem. This involves knowing the symptoms of opioid dependency and acknowledging they exist.
If you or a loved one take more opioid medication than is prescribed by the doctor or is necessary to give you pain relief, you may have a problem.
Lynx Healthcare specializes in responsible interventional pain medication, with a holistic approach to pain management. The multidisciplinary group is also dedicated to addiction medicine and currently has five addiction-trained providers.
Lynx professionals treat opioid dependency, but also strive to avoid the issue altogether. This is accomplished through a careful assessment of patients’ needs regarding pain. The assessment helps determine which options are safe and effective. What works for one person’s pain, may not work for another. Our professionals take every precaution necessary to avoid opioid dependencies and work to help patients recover when it develops.
What to Expect from the Recovery Process
Adjusting your attitude towards opioid dependency and addiction is one of the first steps to recovery. This involves being honest about the problem, facing it head on, and admitting there is an issue. Perhaps at one time the medications were taken to alleviate pain, but now they are no longer needed. Behavior follows a change in your belief system. Admitting a problem includes admitting that aside from addiction, you really don’t need the drugs.
At Lynx Healthcare, we offer a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) that is designed to help patients recovering from an opiate dependence. Our specialists use this program to help you break out of your opioid dependency and help you get back to living a healthy lifestyle.
Our MAT program will uncover many aspects of you who are, what led to the dependency, and tools to help you break out of it.
If you have an opioid dependency or addiction, don’t try to go it alone. The experts at Lynx Healthcare have a wealth of training and experiencing dealing with issues such as this and would love to help you get better. To make an appointment, call (509) 591-0070 or to schedule an appointment online.