In recent years, the problem of opioid addiction in America has reached dramatic proportions. Millions of people overdose each year due to opioid addiction, and drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in this country. Opioid addiction is extremely difficult to break without assistance, which is why it is so important to seek the help of a medical professional if you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction.
What Is Opioid Addiction?
Opioids are drugs like OxyContin®, Vicodin®, Percocet® or the illegal drug heroin that have the narcotic properties of opium. Among other effects these drugs produce, they are highly effective pain killers and can also be extremely addictive, both psychologically and physiologically. A large number of people who find themselves in the grip of opioid addiction do so innocently. They may have had major surgery or broken a bone and are experiencing intense pain, which these drugs are very helpful with. However, if taken for too long, the user becomes addicted, and needs the drug even after his or her physical symptoms have subsided.
How Is Opioid Addiction Treated?
If you suspect you or someone you love is suffering from opioid addiction, you must seek treatment immediately. Success rates of people who try to wean themselves off opioids alone is very low. Outcomes for opioid addicts are very poor, often leading to death through overdose or by accidentally ingesting a black market version of an opioid that is toxic. Fortunately, with medical assistance, you can free yourself from opioids. The treatment often includes medication like Suboxone®.
What Is Suboxone®?
Suboxone® is a medication that contains an active ingredient called buprenorphine, as well as naloxone. This medication fools your body into thinking you are still taking the opioid, helping counteract withdrawal effects. It is one of the most successful medications for detox. After examining you, Dr. Kohn can prescribe Suboxone® if he thinks it is indicated. He may instead start you with Subutex®, which only contains buprenorphine and also comes in an injectable form called Sublocade®.
Where Can I Get Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Las Vegas?
Kohn Medical & Weight Loss offers effective treatment for opioid dependence. Dr. Kohn understands the challenges and pitfalls of addiction and can develop a treatment plan to help you get off of your opioids in the safest, most effective way possible. This may include prescribing medication like Suboxone® as well as suggesting lifestyle changes. Get yourself or your loved one off deadly opioids starting now. Request an appointment by filling out the form below or calling Kohn Medical & Weight Loss at 702-487-6500 today.