A Discreet Option for Opiate Dependency

Gulf Coast Healthy Living Magazine Volume 4, Issue 3 - Lakeview Center - Summit Group

When some people think of the word “dependency” or “addiction”, they may think it can’t happen to them, but it can. All too often, a person recovering from surgery or coping with a pain management issue grows tolerant of medications such as Vicodin®, Percocet® or OxyContin® and develops an opiate dependency. Eventually, they may recognize the symptoms, but are too embarrassed to get help. However, a discreet option is available.

"In addition to regular office visits and adult outpatient counseling, we treat patients with a medication called Suboxone®," said Robert Althar, M.D. "Patients can take Suboxone at home just like any other medication to help manage the cravings. Stabilization usually occurs in a few days. Then we move out the office visits to a monthly basis. The patient simply refills a prescription, takes the medication and goes about their usual routine of managing a job and family."

It’s important to get help. When misused, opiates can be very dangerous. The process is gradual, but patients can eventually lose jobs or homes, and family break-ups often occur. More seriously, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a steady rise over the past 11 years in opioid overdose resulting in death.

A wife, professional, grandparent, athlete or practically anyone can fall into the trap of opiate dependency, but there is no need for embarrassment. If you or a loved one is struggling with this challenge, get help.

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