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What is an opioid use disorder?
Opioids are a class of medications used to treat chronic pain. Morphine, heroin, oxycontin, codeine, methadone, and hydromorphone hydrochloride are all opioids. Opioids also include illicit drugs like heroin. Opioids provide euphoria, mental relaxation, and pain alleviation. They can also cause dependence and addiction. Opioid use can increase health care expenditures, unemployment, absenteeism, and early mortality.
Additionally, Opioids impact the neurotransmitters in the brain and thus alter physical activities such as blood pressure, respiration, and heart rate. Opioid use disorder is the clinical term for the disease of addiction to opioids. At this stage of opioid use, brain circuitry is impacted, and compulsive use occurs. Opioid use disorder is treatable.
What are buprenorphine (Suboxone) and naltrexone?
Buprenorphine and naltrexone are used to help people recover from opioid use disorder. They are FDA-approved medications. Some doctors prescribe buprenorphine or naltrexone to people who use opioids to help them stop taking opioids.
What happens in an opioid withdrawal management program?
Opioid withdrawals are horrible and difficult to overcome. To treat opioid withdrawal, pharmacological management can help provide comfort
Confidant Health can help people with withdrawal symptoms from opioids get the treatment they need, including access to medications. We also offer behavioral support, therapy, coaching, DIY exercises, groups, and many other things.
How is opioid withdrawal diagnosed?
To figure out if you're in withdrawal from opioids, your doctor will do a virtual exam and ask you about your symptoms. They may also do urine and blood tests to see if you have opioids in your body. The best thing would be to tell the truth and work with the care team.
What are the early symptoms of opioid withdrawal?
Confidant accepts most insurance plans. Cost will depend on your carrier and plan.
If you prefer to pay cash, you can view the cost of services with different providers before you book. Most Confidant providers offer a sliding scale.The symptoms you have will depend on the phase of withdrawal. When you stop taking the drug, the first signs usually show up in the first 24 hours after you stop. These symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Eyes tearing up
- Runny nose
- Too much sweating
- Cannot sleep
- Yawning very often
If you or someone you care about is having trouble with opioid withdrawal, it's important that this person knows that help is out there.
Our team is available 24/7 to answer any questions you have or to help you schedule an appointment.