Addiction Services in Mooresville, NC
What Are Signs of Addiction?
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and addiction of opioids is often the first step toward treatment. Signs and symptoms can be physical, behavioral, and psychological. A major sign of addiction is when a person cannot stop using the drug even when the drug is causing trouble with your health, with money, with school or work, with the law or with relationships with family and friends.
You might be addicted if you crave the drug or if you feel like you can’t control the urge to take the drug. Friends and family may be aware of your addiction problem before you are, because they notice the changes in your behavior.
Addiction Is a Chronic, Life-Long Disease
Opioid addiction is a chronic disease, like hypertension or diabetes. A chronic disease is a medical condition for life. It cannot be cured, but it can be managed, and Carolina Pain and Weight Loss can help!
You can regain your health, your job and your family and friends. Treatment consists of the care of medical professionals, medications and substance abuse counseling. Treatment helps you give up the problem drug or drugs and avoid them in the future. Treatment also helps you change addictive thinking and behavior. It can help you move away from harmful behaviors and helps you to heal damaged relationships and address life issues.
What should I do if I think I’m addicted?
Treatment for opioid addiction is different for each person, but the main goal is to help you stop using the drug and avoid using it again in the future. If you are like most people, you understand that it is extremely difficult to quit on your own.
There are three components of treatment:
- Commitment – The first step in breaking addiction is realizing that you control your own behavior. You must commit to quitting. Take control of your behavior and commit to fighting your addictions.
- Medication – We are here to help as we understand the power of cravings and symptoms of withdrawal. We will provide medication to help ease cravings for the drug and prevent withdrawal. Medication frees you from thinking of the drug all of the time and allows you to focus on lifestyle changes that lead you back to a productive life with friends and family.
- Support – Counseling will provide motivation to continued commitment to treatment. It will provide encouragement to make healthy decisions, handle stress and find ways to handle set backs. Counseling will arm you with the tools and support you need to quit and move on with your life.
- Medication – The goal of medication assisted treatment is to regain a healthy, productive lifestyle. Medication for opioid abuse is not substituting one addictive drug for another. If used properly, the medication does NOT create a new addiction. It provides a safe controlled level of medication to allow you to avoid the problem drug.
Buprenorphine as a Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Buprenorphine is a is a partial mu-receptor agonist. It is an opioid and a controlled substance. This means that it binds with the receptors in the brain, causing the brain to think it is receiving the problem drug. This, in turn, will satisfy cravings and prevent withdrawal.
SUBUTEX & SUBOXONE Medications
Both of these medications contain buprenorphine and were developed at approximately the same time to help those with an addiction to opioids manage their symptoms of withdrawal, which often includes cravings for prescription painkillers and other opiate drugs. By keeping the individual as comfortable and focused as possible during their detox, SUBUTEX and SUBOXONE can also help to reduce the risk of relapse.
The Key Difference
The makeup of these two medications varies in one important way: SUBUTEX contains only buprenorphine whereas SUBOXONE contains both buprenorphine and naloxone. This crucial difference arose out of problems with individuals abusing SUBUTEX, as it was able to provide a high similar to other opiates they had become addicted to.
The presence of naloxone, another opioid antagonist, in SUBOXONE helps to deter such abuse by blocking the ability of the opioids to reach the receptor sites in the person’s brain. If an individual were to attempt an injection of SUBOXONE in order to get high, they would immediately be thrown into harsh withdrawal symptoms.
SUBUTEX is still an excellent option for those looking to ease their symptoms of opioid withdrawal, though it’s administration should be carefully monitored to prevent any potential abuse of this controlled substance.
Potential Side Effects
Like with all medications, there are warnings that you should be aware of when prescribed SUBUTEX or SUBOXONE:
- While taking this medication, you should NOT take other medications without consulting your provider first.
- While taking this medication, you should NOT use illegal drugs, drink alcohol, or take sedatives, tranquilizers, or other drugs that slow breathing. Taking any of these substances in large amounts along with buprenorphine can lead to overdose or death.
- Buprenorphine kept at home must be locked in a safe place to prevent accidental use by others, especially children.
- If you are a woman and are pregnant or breast-feeding, providers may recommend the naloxone-free form of buprenorphine.
- Liver problems are rare but can occur. If you have a pre-existing liver condition, your provider should be made aware.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How often will I have to come in?
Everyone’s treatment is different. Commitment to treatment is the number one component to
success. Your provider will determine the frequency of your visits. Usually weekly visits are necessary at the beginning. You will then progress to every 2 weeks, then monthly.
What medication will be prescribed?
Your provider will determine which medication is in your best interest. All providers have been trained and are licensed by the DEA to prescribe medication for MAT (medication assisted treatment) programs.
DO I have to attend counseling?
Yes, counseling is an integral part of medication assisted treatment. It will provide continued motivation to commitment and help avoid setbacks. You counselor will determine the frequency.
How much will the program cost?
We accept most private insurances, Medicare and Medicaid. For these individuals, the cost is their copay. We will also accept patients who do not have insurance. The initial visit is $242.00. Follow up visits are $125.00. A urine drug screen will be required at each visit for an additional charge of $50.00.