Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction is an ongoing problem in the United States. This particular substance results in more overdose deaths than any other type of drug, both legal and illegal.

Carolina Pain and Weight Loss is dedicated to helping those with an addiction to this substance by providing them with a way to reduce symptoms of opioid withdraw and remain committed to a happy and healthy life without them. Carolina Pain and Weight Loss provides addiction services through MAT,  Medically Assisted Treatment.  To speak with an addiction treatment specialist, please call today to schedule a consultation.

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What Are Opioids?

A class of drugs exists called opioids, which includes many legal prescription medications as well as popular illegal drugs. Some common examples include:

  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Tramadol
  • Methadone
  • Codeine
  • Heroin

The list above consists of opioids that are derived from a variety of sources. The natural forms of this drug come from the opium poppy, whereas others are synthetic or man-made.

How Opioid Addictions Form

Many individuals begin taking prescribed opioids in order to manage pain levels after suffering a significant injury and/or undergoing surgery. This substance is especially addictive and dangerous because of its effects on the brain that release endorphins to create strong feelings of pleasure and happiness. Many people find it difficult to give up this incredible sensation, which often leads to cravings and abuse of opiates.

As an individual continues to abuse opioids, they will often need to increase their doses in order to attain the same level of satisfaction that the drug provides. Sadly, this often escalates to a point where the person suffers a drug overdose. Complications can also arise if the person were to abruptly stop taking opioids in an attempt to end their addiction. To avoid such life-threatening outcomes, it is always best to seek assistance from a medical professional.

Symptoms of Opioid Addiction

Not sure if you or a loved one are truly addicted to opioids? Denial is a common occurrence early on, though it is hard to disprove an addiction exists if you begin to notice the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of ambition or drive
  • Impaired motor skills and coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Constipation
  • Increased levels of anxiety
  • Abnormal breathing
  • Drastic changes in overall mood
  • Increased irritability
  • Abnormal sleep patterns
  • Making risky and poor decisions
  • Lack of concern over regular responsibilities

It is important to speak up to someone if you start to identify these clear symptoms in yourself or someone you know. Seeking professional help is the only way to ensure that the person will have the very best odds at defeating their addiction to opioids.

Those that experience slowed breathing, a weak pulse, lips that have turned a blue or purplish color, vomiting, constricted pupils, or a loss of consciousness are likely suffering from opioid overdose and should seek care immediately.

Opioid Addiction Services in Mooresville and Salisbury, NC

For many years, Carolina Pain and Weight Loss has helped individuals manage their addiction to opioids. Our providers understand that addiction is a chronic disease that must be proactively treated every day in order to prevent a potentially deadly relapse.

To connect with a provider that specializes in addiction services, please give us a call today to set up a consultation.

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