The opioid addiction crisis has affected millions of families across the United States over the past few decades, leading to 500,000 deaths since 1999 and rising. At Magnolia Medical Group’s offices in Denver and Wheat Ridge, Colorado, patients benefit from personalized treatment programs that help them find freedom and recovery from opioid addiction. Call your nearest Magnolia Medical Group office today or schedule a consultation online to see how you or someone you care for can benefit from the team’s expertise in opioid addiction.
Opioid drugs alter how your mind works, relieving severe and chronic pain. There are naturally occurring ones derived from the opium poppy plant (opiates) and synthetic ones created in labs.
Opioid drugs have valuable psychoactive effects that help people in pain. However, their addictive properties can cause misuse, physical dependence, distressing withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking them, and overdose deaths.
Common opioid drugs include:
Heroin is an illegal narcotic used solely for recreational purposes. Other opioids are legal prescription drugs of varying strengths. They affect the opioid receptors in your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), interfering with them so you don’t feel pain. Opioids can also cause intensely pleasant euphoric feelings.
Symptoms of opioid addiction include:
As opioid addiction worsens, you might slur your speech or develop increased sensitivity to light, sound, and other stimuli.
Some people become addicted after taking multiple pain medication courses, while others seek out illicit heroin to experience a high.
If you misuse opioids, your brain function changes over time. Stopping opioids suddenly when you have an addiction can be dangerous. You may experience dramatic increases in cravings plus symptoms like nausea, sweating, palpitations (rapid, pounding heartbeat), fever, and shaking. Opioid withdrawal symptoms could cause severe sickness and possibly death.
Opioid addiction treatment uses a dual approach combining counseling and medication known as medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Getting to know others during group therapy and listening to them talk about their addiction helps you identify your triggers and understand that you aren’t alone.
The Magnolia Medical Group team uses drugs that mimic opioids’ effects on the central nervous system and reduce withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Buprenorphine (brand names Suboxone®, Sublocade®, and Zubsolv®) treats illicit opioid addiction and prescription opioid dependency. Naloxone reverses opioid overdose effects, which can easily happen with opioid addiction. Naltrexone (Vivitrol®) can also treat opioid use disorder in addition to alcohol addiction.
To learn more about successfully treating opioid addiction, call Magnolia Medical Group and arrange a consultation, or complete the online booking form today.