Opioid Use Disorder

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Understanding Opioids

Opioids are drugs with pain-killing effects that are naturally found in the opium poppy plant. Its chemicals interact with the nerve cells in the body and brain, causing it to dull the senses and reduce the perception of pain. This drug is meant to be used to treat body pain caused by injury or post-surgery, chronic pain, cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care. However, taking high and frequent doses of opioids could lead to addiction. Opioids have the potential to cause physical dependence in as little as 4-8 weeks. Seeking professional treatment can help you manage withdrawal symptoms and overcome dependency.

What Causes Opiaite Addiction?

Opiate addiction starts when a patient develops a high tolerance for the said drug after using opiate prescription medication for a long time. When a person takes opioids constantly, his or her body slows the production of endorphins. People who develop tolerance from this may feel the need to increase their doses so they can keep feeling good.

This disorder affects over 16 million individuals worldwide, and over 2.1 million in the United States. Patients who decide to stop using it abruptly suffer from withdrawal symptoms. Having said this, well-designed addiction treatment should be given to them to reduce its effects, such as:

  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Involuntary leg movements
  • Bone and muscle pain
  • Restlessness
  • Vomiting

Dangers of a Prolonged Opioid Addiction

Opioid use disorder is a lifelong condition that could bring serious potential consequences, including disability, relapses, and even death. Experts believe that prolonging opioid addiction makes the consequences worse, putting patients at higher risk for negative side effects such as:

  • Behavioral and mental health problems
  • Secondary or multiple addictions
  • Severe medical issues
  • Death

Just like any drug addiction, a patient suffering from opioid use disorder needs to enter a drug rehab or undergo treatment to deal with its adverse effects. Experts advise that people who persistently use opioids should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible

It’s Never Too Late

Fighting opioid use disorder is a battle no one can fight alone. This is where Dr. Andrei Dokukin comes in to help. If you or someone you know needs opioid dependence treatment, Dr. Andrei Dokukin provides comprehensive addiction treatment services. He helps patients reclaim their lives from dependence on a destructive substance. Contact us or visit our locations to get started

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Dr. Andrei Dokukin can help you manage a challenging addiction. Feel free to call us and let’s talk about your needs.