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Opioid Therapy Management Specialist

Lynx Healthcare

Pain Management Practice located in Spokane Valley, Kennewick, & Richland, WA

Detoxing from opioid painkillers like morphine and codeine can be a daunting experience, but the team at Lynx Healthcare can help make it easier. At Lynx Healthcare, their expert team provides opioid therapy management to patients who are interested in living their lives and managing their pain without relying on addictive pain medications. To gain freedom from your painkiller dependency, call the office in Spokane Valley, Kennewick, or Richland, Washington, or book an appointment online today.

Opioid Therapy Management Q & A

What are opioids?

Opioids, also known as opiates, are a class of drugs used for managing pain that include prescription medications like codeine, morphine, and hydrocodone. The illegal drug heroin is also an opioid. These drugs interact with opioid receptors in your nervous system to relieve pain. 

While opioid pain relievers are a beneficial treatment option in some cases, they do come with risks.

What are the risks of using opioids?

Even prescription drugs in the opioid class can be as dangerous as the illegal drug heroin. 

Opioids and the body

With extended opioid use, your body begins developing a tolerance, and more medication is needed to feel the same pain relief. This dangerous condition can cause physical dependence, addiction, overdose, and even death.

Opioids and the brain

Opioids produce feelings of euphoria within your brain. As you develop a tolerance to the medication, your brain grows less responsive to it. At the same time, your brain’s natural ability to feel happy diminishes because your brain stops producing endorphins.

Over time, opioid-based medications can also cause emotional and physical responses that lead to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. 

How can I stop using opioid pain medication with opioid therapy management?

To help make your withdrawal from addictive pain medications easier, your provider might recommend Suboxone®. This medication is a partial opioid agonist, making it a safe alternative to other opioid medications. When prescribed correctly, Suboxone produces less euphoria and physical dependence, as well as fewer withdrawal symptoms.

Under the guidance of the team at Lynx Healthcare, you’ll experience:

  • Fewer cravings for opioids
  • A reduction in chronic pain
  • Reduced opioid use 

Suboxone isn’t for occasional use; it’s only to be used under a physician’s supervision to reduce your dependency on narcotic pain relievers.

How do I manage chronic pain without opioid pain relievers?

The team at Lynx Healthcare provides several treatment options to help you safely manage your chronic pain. In addition to recommending safer medications without the risk of addiction, your provider might recommend lifestyle modifications or physical therapy to help manage your symptoms. 

Your Lynx Healthcare provider also might suggest alternative therapies like acupuncture. This highly effective pain management therapy uses very fine needles to stimulate your body’s natural painkillers to reduce your discomfort.

To learn more about opioid therapy management and how it can help get you off addictive pain medications, call Lynx Healthcare, or schedule your appointment online today.