If you have an opioid addiction and you want help, you only need to call board-certified specialists and professionals at Overcoming Addictions LLC. Professional staff personally answer the phone 24/7 and provide immediate care. You won’t run into barriers or face hassles. Instead, you receive nonjudgmental, low-cost treatment from certified specialists, and you don’t need to leave home to detox. They provide your treatment through telemedicine, making medically assisted detox available to people no matter where they live. You can also connect over the phone or request an in-person appointment at the office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Opioids, a class of highly addictive drugs, include prescription medications, as well as illegal drugs. Though heroin is the best-known illegal opioid, it also has a multitude of street names.
Doctors prescribe opioids to relieve pain. Examples of prescription opioids include codeine, morphine, fentanyl, oxycodone (OxyContin®), and hydrocodone (Vicodin®).
When you take an opioid, the drug quickly activates your brain’s reward system. Your brain releases endorphins and other brain chemicals that ease physical pain and cause a feeling of euphoria.
As you keep taking opioids, your brain changes. The changes make the brain dependent on the drug, which in turn leads to strong cravings. This is when you cross the line from using a drug to becoming addicted.
Before long, your brain gets used to the dose you normally take. Then you must keep taking larger amounts to get the same level of pain relief and euphoria. At that point, you’re firmly addicted.
The top symptoms of an opioid dependency include uncontrollable cravings and needing larger doses. If you stop taking opioids, you have withdrawal symptoms such as:
You can develop cravings a few hours after your last dose, and withdrawal symptoms begin within 24 hours after you stop taking opioids.
Overcoming Addictions LLC treats an opioid dependency with medically assisted treatment (MAT). During MAT, they use Suboxone®, a medication that you can take at home to detox and recover.
Suboxone contains two approved medicines that stop your opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms. They also restore balance to your brain chemicals.
You take your first dose when you’re in a moderate stage of withdrawal. Then you take a daily dose by placing the Suboxone film under your tongue or inside your cheek.
When your cravings disappear, your Overcoming Addictions LLC provider adjusts your dose to a maintenance level. You can stay on a maintenance dose, or your provider may switch you to another medicine. Then they provide medication management until you’re ready to taper down your medication.