What Is an Opioid Addiction?

It’s important for everyone to get the help they need for opioid addiction. Know the signs.

In Maryland alone, nearly 90 percent of drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2018. Opioid addiction is a serious problem and one that has been getting more and more attention here in Maryland over the last couple of years. It’s important for people with opioid addiction and their families to know that we offer opioid addiction treatment right here at our Silver Spring, MD, practice.

What are opioids?

Opioids are a class of strong prescription painkillers that are used to treat more severe forms of pain. Common types include oxycodone and hydrocodone (Vicodin), as well as morphine.

What are the signs of opioid addiction?

If you suspect that someone you know may have an opioid addiction, or is abusing opioids, you may be curious to know some of the warning signs. It is possible for some people to have an addiction but never show signs. However, over time you may start to notice the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Cravings
  • Sleep habit changes
  • Poor hygiene
  • Persistent or recurring flu-like symptoms
  • Financial problems
  • Persistent drowsiness
  • Isolating from friends and families
  • Stealing

We can diagnose and provide treatment for opioid abuse and addiction. Physical dependency can occur in those with opioid addiction, and they may experience severe withdrawal symptoms that can prevent them from safely getting off the drug. This isn’t always the case, as some people may not have any physical dependence, which can make it more difficult to stop opioid use.

How is opioid addiction treated?

Most opioid treatment plans will prescribe a medication that is used to reduce and prevent withdrawal symptoms to make getting off the opioid easier. Common medications include buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone. There are certain factors that will determine which medication is right for you. We offer outpatients opioid addiction services to those living in and around Silver Spring, MD. We provide our patients with the support, therapy, counseling, and monitoring they need to prevent relapse. We also make it possible for our patients to manage their symptoms through medications and other outlets of support from the comfort of their homes.

If you or someone you love is dealing with opioid addiction, it’s time to seek help. You don’t have to do this alone. Exceptional Primary & Preventive Healthcare and its providers are dedicated to helping patients get healthy and live their best life. Call us at (301) 587-6464 to learn more about the opioid addiction treatment options we offer here in Silver Spring, MD.

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