The US is suffering a national health emergency stemming from widespread opioid addiction which includes the abuse of prescription painkillers and illegal narcotics.
Estimates suggest that more than four million people now suffer from substance use disorder. Drug overdoses claimed more than 70,000 lives in 2018 and contributed to a decline in life expectancy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Signs of Addiction
Symptoms of opioid addiction include uncontrollable cravings and inability to control opioid use despite negative effects on personal relationships, employment, or finances.
People suffering from opioid addiction may experience mood symptoms, behavioral symptoms, and physical symptoms along the following lines:
- Increased general anxiety
- Anxiety attacks
- Lowered motivation
- Abandonment of important activities
- Large amounts of time spent obtaining, using, or recovering from opioids
- Opioids are used for longer or at a greater amount than intended
- Unsuccessful attempts to decrease the amount taken
- Increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli
- Shallow breathing, slurred speech
- Increased heart rate, sweating
- High blood pressure
- Decreased appetite
- Physical agitation, increased energy
- Difficulty sleeping
- Over arousal and hyper-vigilance
Opioid Addiction Treatment Options
At Victory Recovery Partners (VRP), we employ a more personal and comprehensive approach to substance use disorder. By combining proven medication-assisted treatment (or MAT) with behavioral health services and a dedicated case manager, we can help break the vicious cycle of opioid addiction and lead substance use disorder patients into long-term, lasting recovery.
VRP offers patients a long-term continuum of outpatient care, with comprehensive services consisting of:
- Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
- Behavioral health services (including psychiatric services, individual therapy, group therapy, and family therapy)
- Case management
Medication-assisted treatment pertains to experienced physicians prescribing specialized medications – including buprenorphine (also known as suboxone), Probuphine, Sublocade, or Vivitrol – to substance use disorder patients. These medications reduce patients’ cravings for opioids and thus pave the way to long-term lasting recovery.
The gold standard for opioid addiction treatment, MAT is recommended as a ‘standard of care’ by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization, and the American Society for Addiction Medicine, among many other leading health organizations.
Numerous studies have shown that MAT reduces the mortality rate among people with opioid addiction by half or more. MAT has also proven to be more successful at keeping people in addiction treatment than conventional abstinence and behavioral-based approaches alone.
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