Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction

Every day, more than 115 people die of an opioid overdose in the United States, with 72,000 deaths in 2017 alone. While we’re loathe to use scare tactics when it comes to this delicate issue, we want to underscore the importance of seeking effective treatments for opioid addiction to help push these alarming numbers down.

At Pacifica Care of Suncoast, we offer comprehensive and compassionate treatment for opioid addiction using a multipronged approach that addresses the physical and mental aspects of the disease. Under the experienced guidance of Dr. Laura Tait, we provide patients in Punta Gorda, Florida, with treatment protocols that offer hope in a seemingly hopeless situation.

If you or a loved one is in the grips of opioid addiction, here’s a look at how we can help with effective treatments that break the chain of this tenacious substance use disorder.

Different sides to the same problem

Before we get into our treatments for opioid addiction, it might be helpful to step back and take a look at the disease, which hijacks your health and well-being in many different ways. For starters, it’s important to note that dependency and addiction are two different things that often go hand in hand. A physical dependence on opioids means that your body enters withdrawal when the substance is taken away.

Addiction is the trickier part of the equation, because it’s a rewiring in your brain that leads to uncontrollable cravings and the inability to control your use of opioids. Despite your best efforts, and knowing the substance is harmful, you put the addiction in front of all else in your life.

Because the effects of opioid abuse can lead to both problems, the medical community now refers to the problem as a substance use disorder.

No matter what you call it, however, it’s important that you get treatment on both levels — dependency and addiction — which is what we provide here at our center.

Tackling dependency

One of the main reasons why an opioid use disorder is so insidious is that the physical symptoms of withdrawal are quite unbearable, forcing users to return to the substance over and over in order to avoid the side effects. From flu-like symptoms to nausea and vomiting, your body reacts in very negative ways when you try to quit.

It’s for this reason that we offer suboxone, which delivers small amounts of the drug, while also delivering an antagonist that prevents you from feeling the euphoric effects of the opioids by blocking the receptors in your brain. This allows you to avoid some of the more serious side effects of physical withdrawal without giving your brain the high it craves.

Tackling addiction

With your physical dependency addressed, we turn to the harder part of your opioid problem — your addiction. Through group counseling, accountability (blood and urine testing), and one-on-one therapy, we work with you to overcome your addiction by addressing the mental and spiritual components of your substance use disorder.

The group therapy sessions are key to your recovery because of the simple fact that there’s safety in numbers. When you explore your addiction in a group setting, you receive the support you need from people who understand exactly what you’re going through. This empathy can greatly ease your road to recovery.

Taking therapy a step further, your one-on-one sessions allow you to go deeper to find emotional issues that may have led to your drug problem in the first place. By addressing deep-seated anxiety or fear, you learn how to cope better in the world without resorting to opioids.

Taken all together, our treatments are designed to give you the tools you need to lead a healthy, happy life free from opioids.

To learn more about treating opioid addiction, please give us a call. Or you can schedule a private consultation using our online booking tool on this website.

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