The widespread increase in opioid addiction is a serious health crisis in the United States, having a devastating impact on quality of life and even leading to premature death. If you’re worried about being addicted to your opioid medication, board-certified family medicine physician Brett Blaser, DO, of Blaser Medical in Farmington, Utah, can help. The practice has a board-certified addiction medicine physician on staff to help you come off opioids and provide the support you need long term. Call Blaser Medical today to find out more or book an appointment online.
Opioids are prescription painkillers. They are some of the most powerful medications available for pain relief, and are generally used for severe, acute pain from trauma or surgery, or to ease chronic pain in those with long-term conditions like cancer.
Prescription opioids include:
Opioids are an effective way of relieving moderate to severe pain when used correctly. However, there are some problems with using opioids.
Like many prescription medications, opioids do carry the risk of unpleasant and sometimes harmful side effects. Also, if you take them for long periods, your body can develop a tolerance, which means you need to take higher doses to achieve the same effects.
Opioids are also highly addictive. Addiction to opioids causes the same kinds of mental and physical health problems as addiction to illegal drugs. Addicts who can’t obtain enough medication on prescription also resort to getting additional supplies illegally.
Opioid addiction is now a serious health issue across the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2016, more than 11.5 million Americans were struggling with addiction to prescription opioids.
If you have a problem with opioids, Blaser Medical has a board-certified addiction medicine physician on staff to help you overcome your addiction.
Undergoing opioid withdrawal with help from the addiction specialists at Blaser Medical greatly increases your chances of successfully coming off opioids. They can support you through any difficulties in the early stages and help you with common withdrawal symptoms, which can include:
Certain medications can ease these symptoms, such as antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and partial opioid agonists like buprenorphine. Partial agonists act in a similar way as opioids, so they help prevent severe withdrawal symptoms. However, they don’t give you the high you get with opioids.
Counseling is also vital when you’re undergoing opioid withdrawal. It helps you deal with the withdrawal symptoms and any underlying issues you have. Counseling also provides you with strategies to use to prevent relapse.
If you think you might have an opioid addiction, call Blaser Medical today to discuss your concerns or book an appointment with the addiction medicine physician online.