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Treatments For Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction can feel insurmountable, especially for an addict. The addiction can become so overwhelming that it’s nearly impossible to get out of it without any support. Fortunately, a qualified and trained clinician can help lead the way to recovery, so you can live a healthy and positive life.

For many people, opioid addiction begins with taking medication that is necessary to control pain symptoms. It then gets out of control and becomes an addiction. There is nothing to be ashamed of – addiction is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. Likewise, you should not be apprehensive about seeking treatment. There are experts who are educated and trained in helping people recover from addiction, so they can carry on living happy, productive, and worthwhile lives.

To treat opioid addiction, experts use a variety of treatments, such as:

Medication

There are two types of medications used to treat opioid addiction: methadone and buprenorphine. According to the World Health Organization, these are two essentials to the treatment of opioid addiction. Before medication to treat opioid addiction can be started, the patient should be in the beginning stages of withdrawal.

Methadone is first provided in a clinical setting (only licensed opioid treatment centers can provide this) and works to reduce cravings and prevent withdrawal symptoms. It is taken orally and is very effective when combined with individual or group therapy. It may come in pill or wafer form.

Buprenorphine is another drug used in opioid addiction treatment. It is taken daily sublingually (under the tongue) and acts to relieve cravings without providing the high associated with heroin. It can also be administered using an injection or through implantation under the skin. Misuse of this drug can cause severe withdrawal symptoms, therefore a licensed and experienced physician should be involved in this treatment.

Talk Therapy or Counseling

Using medication to treat opioid addiction only works if combined with counseling. Addiction is not purely physical, it also has emotional and mental implications. Patients could very well be using opioids to address personal and social problems. Therefore, it’s essential for counseling to be a part of any opioid addiction treatment.

There is a high rate of depression and alcoholism among patients addicted to opioids. If a patient is found to have a mental disorder or another addiction, the clinician may recommend sessions with a psychologist.

Opioid Addiction Treatment in Pacific Northwest and New Mexico

No two people are treated the same exact way when it comes to opioid addiction. Your clinician will work with you to customize a treatment plan that works for you. If you would like to begin your recovery from opioid addition, visit the Lynx Healthcare clinic. Our experts can perform a thorough evaluation and recommend the best treatment plan for your addiction.

Our addiction medicine specialists are compassionate and understand the difficulty of getting on the road to recovery. We are with you every step of the way and will provide comprehensive and personalized care.

If you are ready to start your journey to recovery or want to learn more about our services, call Lynx Healthcare at (509) 591-0070 or send us an appointment request now.

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