Opioid Addiction Use Disorder

Medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder is recommended since opioids directly interact with the body’s physiological functions. Addiction is classified as a medical condition because it intertwines with neuroadaptation – the body’s ability to function normally after a new substance is introduced. In regards to opioids entering the body, the body will begin to release different chemicals to counteract the drugs’ presence.  

The result of the chemicals released by the opioids are endorphins, which are feel-good hormones that elevate positive feelings and happiness. These endorphins end up binding to opioid receptors in the brain, which throws off the body’s perception of pain. However, they eventually will wear off and cause the natural production of the body’s endorphin production to gradually decline. The less your body produces endorphins can progress into a dangerous cycle of increasing the opioid dosage to reach an equal level of pleasure, satisfying cravings and the avoidance of negative withdrawal feelings. When one is chasing pleasurable effects at dangerous levels, they are susceptible to have an opioid overdose.

If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms and behaviors, call us or get in touch with one of our staff members today.

Consulting with our qualified medical providers about opioid use disorder treatment is one of the most effective ways to understand substance use disorder, as they will be able to provide the necessary treatment to work towards long term recovery. Our providers can also ease the physical side effects that often come with opioid withdrawal. Within the first day of stopping opioids, the most common withdrawal symptoms include: 

  • Muscle aches
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness, frequent yawning and inability to sleep
  • Excessive sweating
  • Runny nose and eyes tearing up

After that first 24 hours, withdrawal symptoms can grow in intensity and worsen before beginning to ease up after about a week. The initial discomforts that accompany stopping opioids can cause some to want to give up and return to using. However, our medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program can help alleviate the side effects of withdrawal and reduce the risk of relapse.

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Our focus is on providing patients with comprehensive care and support as they seek recovery from opioids or alcohol. Our dedicated treatment staff, as well as on-site lab services, access to support groups and other resources providing the patient with the most convenient access to care.