What is Opioid Dependence ?

Opioid DependanceThis is a physical addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin — affects many people in the US. Unfortunately, people who struggle with opioid dependence may be reluctant to ask for help because of the stigma attached to the notion of “drug dependence.” Opioid dependence is a complex health condition with many elements that are caused or made worse by continued opioid use. Key elements include social, psychological, and biological components. Dependence can occur as the brain adapts to the regular use of opioids over time. People who are opioid dependent may continue using opioids despite experiencing harmful consequences.

You are not alone

Opioid dependence is a chronic disease that can affect anyone. It could be a friend, a co-worker, a spouse, a brother, a sister, or a parent.
If you or someone you know may be dependent on opioids, you are not alone. In 2013, there were nearly 2.4 million reports of people that had abused or were dependent on opioids—such as heroin—or prescription painkillers.

What are your options for treatment :

It is possible to get on the path to recovery and there are many different treatment options. Here are some of the types of treatment available:

Counseling which addresses the psychological and behavioral aspects of addiction
Twelve-step programs are based on a set of guiding principles that outline a course of action to work towards recovery from addiction
In-patient treatment programs are highly structured programs in hospitals and residential treatment centers that offer around-the-clock support
In a clinic with methadone a medication-assisted treatment is used to prevent withdrawal without the level of euphoria associated with other opioids

Office-based medication-assisted treatment is a treatment in which prescription medications are used to help suppress withdrawal symptoms and decrease cravings, along with counseling and other support. One type of medication-assisted treatment is SUBOXONE Film, with counseling and psychosocial support. Together with a doctor who is qualified to treat opioid dependence.

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Opioid DependancePrescription opioid dependence:
This is a growing, but treatable, problem.
According to SAMHSA, an estimated 5.1 million people in the United States are currently misusing opioid prescription drugs — that is almost as many people as the populations of Chicago, Philadelphia, and Dallas combined. Approximately 2 million are considered to have opioid dependence.

Office – Based Buprenorhine therapy can help

There are many different types of Buprenorphine products that can help, you can decide with your doctor what’s best.

 

Other websites with information:

http://www.samhsa.gov/
http://www.suboxone.com/

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