If you’ve read the news lately, you’ll know that the USA is in the grips of an opioid dependency crisis. The reasons are unclear, but much of it is thought to be down to the busy and stressful lives which we are forced to live, trying to make ends meet and satisfy all the demands that are placed on us.
The reasons for someone becoming addicted to opioids are complicated and very far-reaching, and they’re also very personal too. The greatest problem the US is facing is opioid addiction amongst the professional go-getters, e.g. those with high profile, fast-paced, and quite important jobs. This type of addiction is often linked to prescription painkilling drugs, such as Vicodin and Oxytocin, to name just two. It’s so easy to get hooked on these, as they can be prescribed for a range of particular situations; the thing is, they are meant to be used sparingly, and only for a short period of time. When someone experiences a release from their symptoms, the brief ‘high’ and feeling of being blissed out can be addictive, and that time spent taking the painkillers becomes too prolonged, forcing the body to become dependent.
Does this sound like a situation you might possibly be in?
Admitting there is a problem is the first step towards recovery, and truly, there is no shame in admitting this problem - it is a strength to say ‘hey, help me, I have a problem’, it is a strength to be able to stand up and say ‘I’m struggling’. Showing that strength also shows that you have the power to beat the addiction from the inside out.
Here at Trifecta Health, we are highly experienced in helping patients who have become addicted to opioids of differing kinds. Under the watchful eye of Dr. Edward Fruitman, M.D., we offer a range of treatment options, and we focus on a holistic, personalised route of care. For instance, we know that one person is never the same as the next, so why would one treatment route exactly suit another person? It doesn’t! Tailoring your treatment plan to your needs and your problem is the only way to beat the issue.
Traditional treatment for opioid addiction varies, but it often includes a brief or sometimes prolonged period of rehab, either via a counsellor, or in a rehabilitation facility, which is focused on intensive therapy. The option really would depend on the severity of the problem and the choice of the patient. We offer a high quality rehab outpatient clinic at our New York office, which helps busy individuals beat their opioid addiction, one step at a time.
The other treatment option you may be offered is a drug called Suboxone.
Now, you might think that supplementing one drug for another is pointless, but Suboxone works in a completely different way. This is an FDA approved drug for opioid addiction, and has been shown to be very successful. While Suboxone does have an opioid ingredient within it, this is to a very small amount, and helps to knock back the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms which would otherwise occur if someone simply stopped taking opioids and tried to go ‘cold turkey’.
The first step to releasing yourself from the grips of opioid addiction lies with seeking out help. Trifecta Health team are waiting for your call.