Opioid Addiction

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Opioid Addiction & Symptoms

Several factors can lead to opioid addiction including:

  • Peer pressure
  • Emotional distress
  • A chaotic home environment
  • Parent’s use and attitude toward drugs
  • Depression, anxiety, or a low-self esteem
  • A person’s DNA (accounting for about 40% – 60% of a person’s risk)
  • Teenagers and people with mental health disorders are more at risk for drug use and addiction than other populations.

Over time a person can develop a drug tolerance, requiring the use of more drugs to maintain the same “high.” Eventually, a person can develop a physical dependence on drugs.

Early Addiction Symptoms:

  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle aches
  • Sweating
  • Increased tearing

Late Addiction Symptoms:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Goose bumps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Dilated pupils
  • Vomiting
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Opioid Addiction is a Disease

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

“Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain—they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long-lasting, and can lead
to the harmful behaviors seen in people who abuse drugs.”

There are still holdouts that insist that addiction is a moral failing of the addict.  While the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary, after continued use a person’s ability to exert self control becomes seriously impaired.  Studies indicate that physical changes in important decision making areas of the brain are brought on by long-term opioid abuse, which further diminishes an addict’s ability to control their demand for more. According to a Harvard Health Publication:

“The hippocampus and the amygdala store information about environmental cues associated with the desired
substance, so that it can be located again. These memories help create a conditioned response (intense craving) whenever the person encounters those environmental cues.”

Different people have different triggers.  Some might feel the “conditioned response” when they drive by a certain location, others might feel a trigger when they are with old friends with whom they used to consume drugs.  Some who used to inject heroin, report that they feel a strong craving
when they touch tin foil.  The research shows, that these responses are due to physical changes to their brains as a result of addiction.

Treating the disease, opioid addiction, defined as “opioid use disorder“, through Medication Assisted Treatment and a Suboxone Program,
improves outcomes.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Medication Assisted Treatment: Improves patient survival Increases retention in treatment Decreases illicit opiate use and other criminal activity Increases patient ability to gain and maintain employment Improves birth outcomes among women with substance use disorders

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Get Started With Ascend Health PLLC

The Ascend Health PLLC Suboxone Clinic team is comprised of addiction-medicine trained physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), and physician assistants (PAs) who are committed to providing safe, confidential, and affordable Suboxone treatment for opioid use disorder. At Ascend Health PLLC, we combine buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) treatment with behavioral health support to help our patients live a life free of opioid abuse.

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Our Suboxone Clinic accepts new patients and accepts insurances like BlueCross Blue Shield, NC Medicaid and Medicare plans. Our Suboxone Doctors are here to provide the industry leading Suboxone Medication Management with personalized treatment plans!

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