Opioid Addiction

Opioid Abuse, Addiction, & Treatment Methods

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The Opiate addiction in America has been on such a steady rise that it has finally been deemed an epidemic. Opioids are prescribed to treat acute pain. With prolonged use, pain-relieving effects lessen and pain can become worse. In addition, the body can develop dependence. Users may experience sweating or craving, chronic constipation and nausea amongst other signs.

Common Opioid Addiction Treatment

The trouble in treating opioid addictions is that methadone and buprenorphine are commonly administered, which are both other opioids. While they are more controlled and safe than heroin, often times individuals develop addictions to them as well. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the benefit is that patients stabilized on these medications can also engage more readily in counseling and other behavioral interventions essential to recovery.

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It is important to have proper medication management. If there is worry of misuse, a psychiatrist should reassess all medications and decide what quantities and which drugs should be continued. Also, like all addictions, the mental effects have to be treated as well.


With Opioid addiction and its rising overdose rate, it is so important to treat the addiction as early as possible before the addict reaches stages that can cause long term harm to the body.

As mentioned earlier, Opioid addiction can be treated through medicine and clinical therapy.

The most effective therapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which helps to change the the person’s drug use expectations and behaviors and also helps to manage triggers and stress.

The most important key to beating any addiction is recognizing each individual’s needs. Even though addiction has common underlying factors, they affect each person uniquely. Personalized treatment is the secret to addiction recovery. Smaller facilities naturally are able to take better care and keep better watch over each of the few patients.