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Opioid Withdrawal Triggers Lead to Relapse

Combining the pain, fear, and opioid withdrawal symptoms often trigger relapse during recovery from opioid addiction. Proper management of symptoms during all phases of recovery can significantly improve the rate of success in recovery by alleviating common opioid withdrawal triggers that many fall victim to.

Opioid Withdrawal Triggers

Withdrawal from opioid addiction is often a physically and psychologically painful process where fear, pain, and physiological cravings often lead into a situation where relapse occurs. An addiction specialist can work with you to manage the opioid withdrawal symptoms which include emotional and physical distress, through medications such as Suboxone, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, or utilization of a network of adjunct recovery services.

Opioids in Both Prescription and Illegal Drugs

Opioids are drugs that are typically prescribed to treat pain. Opiates include prescription and illegal drugs such as morphine, Kadian, codeine, heroin, opium, hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxycontin, methadone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), Vicodin, Percocet, Fentanyl (duragesic). Opiates may be naturally manufactured from the opium poppy or synthetically formulated. Prescription opioid medications are frequently misused and abused leading to addiction.

Millions Abuse Opioids in U.S.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse report that over 4-million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. Withdrawal occurs when stopping or decreasing the amount of opioids you have become accustomed to taking.

Common Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Opioid withdrawal triggers and symptoms vary from one person to another. Withdrawal symptoms may begin as early as 6 hours after stopping the drug. The most commonly reported withdrawal complaints include:

  • Muscle aches
  • Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
  • Agitation, irritability
  • Hot and cold sweats or goosebumps
  • Racing heart rate
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Depression
  • Drug cravings
  • Excessive yawning
  • Teary eyes and runny nose

Suboxone Addiction Specialist

Treatment, which includes management of opioid withdrawal triggers by a certified addiction specialist who is able to prescribe Suboxone, is vital to successful recovery and prevention of relapse. Call Dr. Hege for individualized attention to the complex process of addiction recovery.

Suboxone Vital in Opioid Addiction Recovery

Suboxone is vital in successful opioid addiction recovery. In the U.S the statistics show we have a national crisis on our hands – a government report published in March of 2018 indicate more than 115 Americans die every day after overdosing on opioids. The opioid addiction crisis includes misuse of prescription pain relievers where addiction to the medication takes over their lives, leaving them unable to just walk away from the drug.

Suboxone Prescription Restricted

Suboxone is a prescription medication designed for the treatment of opioid dependence and addiction. Following the enactment of the 2000 Drug Addiction Treatment Act (DATA) Suboxone was one of the first medications impacted where prescription privileges were restricted to only qualified Suboxone doctors who have successfully completed specific training and met certification requirements.

Suboxone Vital Ingredients

Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone with each ingredient having a specific purpose:

  • Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist which means that while it does activate the brain’s opioid receptors to help relieve withdrawal and cravings, however works to help break the pattern of compulsive drug seeking behaviors
  • Naloxone is an opioid antagonist which works by discouraging people from trying to get high by injecting the Suboxone. For someone who is opioid dependent, the result of injecting Suboxone leads directly to withdrawal symptoms

Suboxone Vital to Recovery in Two Ways

The ingredient buprenorphine in Suboxone tricks the brain into thinking an opioid is in their system, suppressing the withdrawal symptoms and cravings, yet they do not feel high or get a euphoric effect. Buprenorphine is part of the Suboxone vital key as it blocks the brain’s opioid receptor for approximately 24 hours so that prescription or illegal opioid cannot “get in.” This 24-hour opioid block helps to prevent relapse, one day at a time.

The important second benefit to buprenorphine is the “ceiling effect” which means that taking more Suboxone than prescribed will not result in feeling high. For someone addicted to opioids this is an important feature of the medication that assists in your working toward recovery.

Benefits of Suboxone Treatment

If you are addicted to opioids and need help in your recovery process, Suboxone vital in your comprehensive treatment program when prescribed and managed by a Suboxone doctor. The major benefits of Suboxone treatment include:

  • Reduction in cravings
  • Reduction in painful withdrawal symptoms
  • Stabilization of symptoms experienced through recovery
  • Ability to focus on your addiction treatment program
  • Management by a qualified and certified addiction expert

Suboxone Doctor in Atlanta Area

If the time has come to take control of your life and recover from your opioid addiction struggle, call Dr. Hege, Atlanta psychiatrist, a certified addiction specialist and certified Suboxone doctor.  Confidential and convenient appointments available evenings and weekends to meet your individual life needs.

Reduce Narcotic Cravings and Withdrawal Symptoms with SUBOXONE Film

Prescription opioid pain reliever use has more than doubled in the past 5 years. The National Institute for Drug Abuse and the World Health Organization have defined that dependence on opioids, such as prescription pain medication and heroin, are now recognized as a long-term brain disease — a medical condition and narcotic addiction that can be successfully treated by experienced psychiatrists and other medical specialists.

Statistics on Opiate Addiction and Abuse

With over 7-million people in the U.S. addicted or dependent on an opiate drug or prescription pain medications, the cost is almost $500 billion dollars a year. Emergency room visits related to prescription drug abuse well exceeds 1 million visits a year; in almost 400,000 of these visits the patient received a prescription for opioid pain relievers. The Institute of Addiction Medicine states that opioid painkillers are chemically similar to heroin and can be just as addictive.

Break the Chains of Physiological Addiction with SUBOXONE Film

Developing an addiction to opioids can happen to anyone. Management of pain, chronic or acute, can include a prescription for opioids which include for example: Vicodin, OxyContin, codeine, Kadian, or Percocet. Once a dependence on these medications develops, the willpower loses out again and again in the fight against the chemical, psychological, and behavioral stronghold of opioid addiction. Opioid addiction takes more than willpower to overcome the fight — it takes a medically managed and proven medication treatment plan.

Your Atlanta narcotic addiction psychiatrist Darvin Hege, M.D. may prescribe SUBOXONE Film while carefully monitoring your opioid withdrawal day by day until you are able to manage monthly medication reassessments. SUBOXONE Film assists with reduction of narcotic cravings as well as easing your body through the withdrawal symptoms. SUBOXONE Film, whose active ingredient is buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist, produces less of a euphoric effect than a full opioid would, thus helps to suppress withdrawal symptoms and reduce narcotic cravings.

SUBOXONE Film Prescriptions Can be Called in to a Pharmacy

SUBOXONE Film contains both buprenorphine and naloxone which provides a medically monitored way to withdrawal over time as well as mixing in an ingredient that discourages misuse of the medication. Buprenorphine attaches to opioid receptors suppressing both the uncomfortable cravings and the symptoms of withdrawal. Naloxone has no physiological effect if SUBOXONE Film is taken as prescribed.

Atlanta Opioid Addiction Psychiatrist Has High Success Rate

If opioid pain medications have taken control of your life, there is a way back. The highly regarded Atlanta narcotic addiction psychiatrist Darvin Hege, M.D. is available to help bring you out of the clutches of pain medication addiction so you can make your life and family first priority again.

Call the office to schedule a confidential initial meeting and evaluation.