Opioid Addiction Specialist

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Access Wellness Healthcare

Family Practice | Laser & Aesthetic Center located in Modesto, CA

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 130 people in the United States die from an opioid overdose every day. If you struggle with opioid addiction, Binh Dang, MD, and the caring providers at Access Wellness Healthcare offer personalized recovery plans, including Suboxone® therapy, to get you past difficult withdrawal symptoms. If you or someone in your family is suffering due to opioid abuse, don’t wait to schedule a confidential consultation at Access Wellness Healthcare. Call the office in Modesto, California, today, or request an appointment online.

Opioid Addiction Q & A

What are opioids?

Opioids are medications that act on the opioid receptors in your brain. Opioids are often prescribed for acute and chronic pain conditions because they interrupt pain signals as they travel to your brain.

Some of the most common opioid medications include:

  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin®)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percocet®)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana®)
  • Morphine
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl

The illegal drug heroin is also an opioid. Prescription opioids can be very effective for pain, but unfortunately, just like heroin, these legal medications can cause euphoria and are highly addictive.

What are the signs of opioid addiction disorder?

Signs that you may be addicted opioids include:

  • Inability to control how much or how often you use opioids
  • Needing more and more of the drug
  • Spending a lot of time obtaining the drugs
  • Using opioids even though they cause financial or relationship troubles

If you’re addicted to opioids, you may have withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the medication. Withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Depression or irritability
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Insomnia

Withdrawal symptoms may be mild, moderate, or severe.

How is opioid use disorder treated?

If you or someone in your family is suffering from opioid addiction, the compassionate team of providers at Access Wellness Healthcare can help. The highly qualified and experienced team offers treatment plans that may include behavioral counseling, medication to treat withdrawal symptoms, and long-term follow-up to prevent relapse. The team frequently recommends the medication Suboxone to address opioid withdrawal.

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone has been FDA-approved to treat opioid use disorder; it’s a special formula that combines two different drugs: buprenorphine and naloxone.

Buprenorphine works on opioid receptors, but not as efficiently as stronger opioids, so it prevents withdrawal symptoms without causing euphoria. Naloxone blocks opioid receptors, so you can’t get high from opioids while you’re taking this medication. By combining these two medications, Suboxone can help you transition off of stronger opioids. After your body has gotten through the withdrawal period, your provider helps you gradually wean off of Suboxone.

To get help for opioid addiction, don’t hesitate to schedule a confidential consultation with a caring provider at Access Wellness Healthcare. Call the office today, or request an appointment online.