Opioid addiction is at an all-time high. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death, and opioid addiction is the main force behind this epidemic. It is very rare that someone can escape the grip of opioid dependence on their own, as opioid dependence has both a strong psychological and physiological component. Fortunately, an opioid dependence treatment plan can help. If you or a loved one is suffering from opioid dependence in Las Vegas, contact Kohn Medical & Weight Loss as soon as possible.
What Is Opioid Dependence?
The term opioids refers to a class of pain-relieving narcotics that can be highly addictive. They include drugs like hydrocodone, fentanyl, oxycodone, and the illegal drug heroin. These drugs are marketed under names like OxyContin,® Vicodin® and Percocet®. When someone is suffering extreme pain, such as the pain experienced following breaking a bone or after surgery, these medications can be extremely helpful. However, because of their addictive qualities, many people continue to take these drugs for longer and in greater doses than are recommended, resulting in opioid dependence.
Do I Need Treatment for Opioid Addiction?
If you are taking an opioid illegally, or if you are continuing to take an opioid even after the reason for which it was prescribed has resolved or diminished considerably, there is a good chance you are suffering from opioid dependence. This is especially true if you have a family history of substance abuse. If you are changing your behavior in risky or inappropriate ways to obtain opioids, this is another strong sign that you have become dependent. If you are dependent on opioids, you must seek treatment immediately or your life may be at risk.
How Does Kohn Medical & Weight Loss Treat Opioid Dependence?
Trying to wean yourself off of opioids on your own can be dangerous. Few of us possess the willpower to defeat such a powerful drug, and stopping too quickly could shock your body and put your health in jeopardy. Dr. Kohn is an experienced medical professional who has worked with many opioid-dependent patients. He has a number of different methods to help you detox, tailored to your individual needs and challenges.
What Is Suboxone®?
Detoxifying from opioids often requires a medication that fools your body into thinking you are still taking the opioid. 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 trying you on Suboxone, the doctor may start you on Subutex®, which only contains buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is also available as an injection called Sublocade®.
Treatment for Opioid Dependence in Las Vegas Now
If you or someone you love is dependent upon opioids, there is no time to waste. Opioid addiction is far more deadly than most other addictions, as those struggling with opioid dependence can easily accidentally overdose or end up taking a deadly opioid substitute from a black market source. If you’re concerned about your opioid intake or the opioid intake of someone you love, request an appointment online via the form below or call Kohn Medical & Weight Loss at 702-487-6500 today.