Five days … that is all it takes to become opiate dependent.
Research from the Truth Initiative shows that approximately 115 people died per day from opiate overdoses in 2016. Another staggering statistic about opiate dependence is that almost 80 percent of heroin users started out with opiate prescriptions.
Opiate dependency is not easy to overcome, especially not alone.
Understanding Opiate Dependency
What are Opioids/Opiates?
Opioids are drugs found naturally in the opium poppy plants. They are prescribed by doctors to help with pain relief. They are used to block pain signals, helping individuals feel more comfortable – in essence, they mask the pain.
The continuous use of opioids can lead to opioid dependence and opioid withdrawals. Opioids are well known for their ability to produce a feeling of euphoria. This is one of the reasons some choose to use opioids recreationally, which can often lead to opioid addiction.
Some of the most commonly used opioids include Heroin, Codeine, Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Hycodan), Morphine (MS Contin, Kadian), Oxycodone (Roxicodone, Percocet), Hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Fentanyl (Duragesic).
It is possible to be addicted to any substance. For instance, caffeine is highly addictive, albeit not as bad as other substances. Opioids are extremely addictive and some people can become addicted in less than two weeks.
Substance addiction usually meets two main criteria:
- A person has difficulty controlling how long they use a substance or how much they take.
- A person continues to use even though it has negative consequences on their life.
While there are different stages of addiction, it is possible to overcome them all – it just takes time and dedication. At Fritz Clinic, we understand there are different stages of substance addiction and we can help you overcome it with proven methods and treatments.
Fritz Clinic offers medication-assisted treatment using Suboxone®. This protocol commonly involves three phases: induction, stabilization, and maintenance. The induction phase is the medically monitored start-up of addiction therapy.
First, Suboxone® is administered when an opioid-addicted individual has abstained from using opioids for 12–24 hours and is in the early stages of opioid withdrawal. This ensures the patient does not enter early acute withdrawal while starting the medication. The treatment continues as part of our addiction recovery process, with managed treatment and personalized care.
Intake & Induction
Our physicians have years of experience helping patients break free from harmful drug abuse. They will counsel with you about treatments, laying out the various aspects of the treatment process; your first visit may consist of both intake and induction.
In starting a treatment program, you will stop taking your current opioid (heroin, methadone, or prescription painkillers) and begin taking Suboxone®. During the induction, we will need to take a urine sample. Also, there is a good chance that you will experience some early opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Treatment for opiate dependency can vary in terms of process time and length of treatment. Along with medication-assisted treatment, psychological and behavioral counseling will be two key elements to your success.
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