Opioid Dependence Specialist

Kohn Medical & Weight Loss

Ronald J. Kohn, MD

Family Medicine & Weight Loss Physician located in Las Vegas, NV

Opioid addiction is at an all-time high causing these extremely powerful drugs easily lead to uncontrollable dependence and addiction. At Kohn Medical & Weight Loss, Ronald J. Kohn, MD, helps men and women in Las Vegas overcome addiction and leave a clean life. If you’re having trouble with opioids, call the office or book online.

Opioid Dependence Q & A

What are opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs that affect your body in the same way that opium does. Examples of these drugs include:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone
  • Heroin

The group of drug brands includes OxyContin®, Vicodin®, and Percocet®.

Why does opioid addiction occur?

Often, these drugs are prescribed for pain after surgery or due to chronic ailments. They have addictive qualities that make it hard to stop taking them though, even when the acute issue for which they were prescribed resolves.

For people with pain, opioids are very effective, and most patients don’t become addicted to them. But in some people, opioid dependence becomes an unexpected side effect of well-intentioned pain treatment

How do I know if I should seek help for opioid dependence?

Opioid dependence isn’t just something done by recreational users. Highly functioning people may have trouble kicking the habit. Signs that you may have an unhealthy dependence on opioids are:

  • An inability to stop using the drug even though the cause of the pain has resolved

  • A family or personal history of substance abuse

  • Changes in behavior in order to acquire the drug

Even if you took opioids for a valid pain reason, you may develop an unhealthy dependence over time.

How is opioid dependence treated?

Dr. Kohn uses different ways to help you detox off of opioids. You may be able to taper off of them naturally, but in some cases, you need medication to help you detox.

Suboxone® is one of the most successful medications for detox. It contains an active ingredient called buprenorphine. Suboxone also contains naloxone, which remains inactive unless the drug is misused. Before you take Suboxone, you may take just Subutux®, which only contains buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is also available as an injection called Sublocade®.

If you’re concerned about your opioid intake, call Kohn Medical & Weight Loss for discrete, compassionate support. Alternatively, you can book a consultation online.