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What is an opioid use disorder?
An opioid use disorder is a prolonged drug addiction to opiates such as heroin and prescription painkillers. These drugs are typically prescribed for the treatment of chronic or severe pain, but can lead to prolonged use and addiction. Opioids affect the brain's neurotransmitters and affect bodily functions such as blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate.
What is buprenorphine (Suboxone) and naltrexone?
Buprenorphine and naltrexone are two drugs that work in different ways to help opioid users with recovery. Some doctors prescribe buprenorphine to help wean patients off opioids. Naltrexone is used by doctors to prevent relapse after a patient is taken off buprenorphine.
What goes on in an opioid addiction treatment program?
Confidant Health offers personalized treatments for opioid use disorder (OUD) that combine medications, such as buprenorphine (Suboxone), naltrexone, or other meds, with behavioral support, therapy, coaching, DIY exercises, and groups.
How can someone who has an opioid use disorder get treatment?
The consequences of OUD are agonizing for families and friends to see, but also very costly for society to manage. A large number of these individuals are not getting needed the care to help them recover from it, because they are either unaware of available addiction treatment services or they can't access these services due to financial or geographic barriers.
If you or someone you love is struggling with an opioid use disorder, it's important that this person knows that help is available.
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