Over 2.1 million Americans have an opioid addiction. If you’re one of them, help is available. James Mirazita, MD, and his team provide expert opioid addiction treatment at Oasis Recovery in Nashua, Bedford, and Concord, New Hampshire. If you or someone you love lives with opioid addiction, call the office or make an appointment online to start your recovery journey today.
Opioids are a class of drugs that produce narcotic effects. Opioids are made from the poppy plant or synthetically compounded in a laboratory. Many physicians prescribe opioids as painkillers, and there are also “street” opioids. Some of the common types of opioids include:
Opioids block pain signals in your body and can make you feel relaxed, happy, or “high.” They’re highly addictive because of the way they interact with neurotransmitter receptors in your brain.
Opioid addiction is a condition that causes intense and uncontrollable cravings for opiates. When you use opioids, whether you have a prescription for painkillers or use illicit drugs, the substance fills and stimulates the opioid receptors in your brain.
When your body processes the drug and your receptors are empty, they want more of the substance to continue the stimulation. This causes your urges to use opioids and other uncomfortable and distressing symptoms.
Signs of opioid addiction include:
Opioid addiction is hazardous — around 130 Americans die of an opioid overdose every day.
If you have any signs of opioid addiction, contact the team at Oasis Recovery for help. Opioid addiction is dangerous. It increases your risk for a wide range of health conditions, as well as premature death. Addiction also usually gets worse over time. Don’t give up hope — help is available.
The team at Oasis Recovery begins with a physical exam and consultation. It’s essential to be honest with your provider about your drug use, health, and lifestyle. Once the team understands your condition, they create a customized treatment plan.
In most cases, the team prescribes Suboxone®, a buprenorphine derivative medication, to reduce your withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
As the physical effects of opioid addiction subside, they provide counseling services to help you explore and resolve the underlying issues that contribute to your addiction and learn strategies to reduce your risk of relapse.
The team can also help you get additional pharmaceutical-free treatment for painful conditions or injuries.
If you’re ready to commit to improving your health and recovering from opioid addiction, call Oasis Recovery or make an appointment online today.