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Opioid Addiction

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Victory Recovery Partners

Addiction Recovery located in Hempstead, Farmingville, Shirley, and Massapequa, NY

Millions of Americans suffer from opioid use disorder, which is widely recognized as a nationwide crisis of epidemic proportions. If you’re one of them, don’t wait to seek professional help. At Victory Recovery Partners in Hepstead, Farmingville, Shirley, and Massapequa, New York, the addiction recovery experts specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of opioid addiction. Following a complete exam and review of your medical history, they can develop a plan to reduce cravings and improve your quality of life. To make an appointment, call the nearest office or use the online booking feature today.

Opioid Addiction Q & A

What is opioid addiction?

Opioid addiction is a substance use disorder (SUD) that occurs when you become dependent on an opioid. Opioids are a class of drugs that relieve pain and anxiety, creating a sense of numbness throughout your body and mind. Some of the most common opioid drugs include hydrocodone, morphine, heroin, and fentanyl.

The more you use opioids, the shorter their effects last. As a result, you might find yourself using more and more of a specific substance just to feel normal. If you stop using opioids, you experience withdrawal –– a variety of uncomfortable symptoms that, in some instances, can be life-threatening. 

What are the symptoms of opioid addiction?

Symptoms of opioid addiction include:

  • Increased general anxiety
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Euphoria
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in important activities
  • Lots of time spent using or recovering from opioids
  • Unsuccessful attempts to wean off opioids
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Agitation

As your addiction gets worse, you might also slur your speech or experience increased sensitivity to stimuli like lights and sounds.

What causes opioid addiction?

Long-term opioid use causes changes to your brain, specifically in the area that controls pain and pain management. Researchers aren’t entirely sure why, but these changes increase the risk of opioid dependence. 

How is opioid addiction diagnosed?

To diagnose opioid addiction, your Victory Recovery Partners provider reviews your medical history and asks about your use, including how often you use, how much you use, and if you experience withdrawals when going without.

Next, they conduct a complete physical, neurological, and psychological exam and order a series of lab tests, including blood work and urinalysis. After determining the severity of your addiction, your provider can develop a custom treatment plan. 

Recovering from opioid addiction is a personal decision. If you want to succeed in recovery, it needs to be for you and not anyone else.

 

How is opioid addiction treated?

Victory Recovery Partners takes a personal and comprehensive approach to opioid addiction recovery. To ensure positive treatment outcomes, they combine medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with behavioral health services (psychiatric services, individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy), and every patient has a dedicated case manager. 

The type of MAT and behavioral health services that most benefit you depend on various factors, including your age, personal circumstances,  and medical history. Following a consultation, your provider can design an addiction treatment plan that aligns with your unique needs. 

To explore the various treatment options for opioid addiction, make an appointment at Victory Recovery Partners by calling the nearest office or using the online booking feature today.