A Methadone Clinic is an option for some people but they seem to be getting a bad press… some of it may be deserved.
If PAINKILLER ADDICTION is affecting you or someone you know, you are not alone!
The United States is among the highest addiction rates to painkillers in the world. While many people have tried a Methadone Clinic as a way to get away from their addiction, Methadone in itself is an addictive drug and many users, need a “maintenance program” and continued use for years.
Let’s compare a Methadone Clinic with a Suboxone Program.
- Suboxone is much harder to abuse so patients are allowed to take it home.
- Methadone can be abused, so when patients first start treatment they need to travel to a clinic each day to take their medication.
- Suboxone is generally less addictive than methadone patients are allowed to pick up a subscription.
- Withdrawal symptoms of a Suboxone detox are generally less severe than methadone detox.
- The risk of a fatal overdose on Suboxone is less than with methadone.
- Methadone can be abused by someone taking a higher dosage.
- Suboxone effects are limited even when taken in high doses
In short, with multiple studies, Suboxone Program is proven to be a better choice than a Methadone Clinic in almost all cases. Before starting any program for detox, you should gather as much information as possible. I will continue with this edition of our blog to try to help you do just that.
Those with a PAINKILLER ADDICTION
know just how serious an illness it is. The initial high obtained from them slowly fades away and the more they take painkillers the higher doses are needed to obtain (chase) that same high. This vicious cycle continues for those addicted to chasing the “high” the received the very first time.
Opioids are drugs that either are derived from opiates such are morphine, codeine or heroin. Examples of opioids include some prescription painkillers (such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, buprenorphine, Methadone Clinic) and heroin.
An individual is generally considered opioid dependent when 2 things occur:
++ repeated opioid use is needed in order to feel good or to avoid feeling bad
++ The opioid use continues in spite of its negative effects. For example, people who are opioid dependent will feel a need to keep using opioids even if it hurts the user’s health, job, finances, or family.
Top 10 symptoms of those with a painkiller addiction
1. Usage Increase – Over time, it is common for individuals addicted to taking prescription medications to grow tolerant to the effects of their prescribed dose. If someone you know seems to be increasing his/her dose over time, this is an indication that the amount they were taking is no longer providing them relief.
2. Change in Personality – Changes in a person’s normal behavior can be a sign of dependency. Shifts in energy, mood, and concentration may occur as every day responsibilities become secondary to the need for the relief the prescription provides.
3. Social Withdrawal – A person addicted to painkillers may withdraw from family, friends and other social interaction.
4. Ongoing Use – Continued usage after a medical condition has improved will result in the person needing extensions on his/her prescription. The person might talk of how they are “still feeling pain” and need just a little longer on the medication in order to get well. He or she might also complain frequently about the doctors who refused to write the prescription for one reason or another.
5. Time Spent on Obtaining Prescriptions – A person addicted to painkillers will spend large amounts of time driving great distances and visiting multiple doctors to obtain the drugs. Watch for signs that he or she seems preoccupied with a quest for medication, demonstrating that the drug has become their top priority.
6. Change in Daily Habits and Appearance – Personal hygiene may diminish as a result of a drug addiction. Sleeping and eating habits change, and a person may have a constant cough, runny nose and red, glazed eyes.
7. Neglects Responsibilities – A person addicted to painkillers may call in sick to work more often, and neglect household chores and bills.
8. Increased Sensitivity – Normal sights, sounds and emotions might become overly stimulating to the person. Hallucinations, although perhaps difficult to monitor, may occur as well.
9. Blackouts and Forgetfulness – Another clear indication of dependence is when the person regularly forgets events that have taken place and appears to be suffering blackouts.
10. Defensiveness – When attempting to hide a drug dependency, a person addicted to painkillers can become very defensive if they feel their secret is being discovered. They might even react to simple requests or questions by lashing out.
Treatment for people Addicted to Painkillers
Prescriptions to pain medication can be safe when taken according to the doctor’s instructions and are carefully monitored. However, it is important to recognize that they can also be very dangerous. Remember that dependency is a disease that can exhibit itself to even the most cautious individual. Therefore, anyone who is prescribed pain medications should take extra precautions to avoid the debilitating effects a dependency can have and watch for the warning signs.
The goal of treatment is to help people stay in treatment and reduce the use of illicit opioids. Treatment for opioid dependence has several components:
++ A physical component, including treatment with SUBOXONE Film, (instead of the more addictive “methadone” from a Methadone Clinic) helps keep cravings and withdrawal symptoms under control so patients can focus on their treatment
++ Psychological and behavioral components, addressed with appropriate counseling, help patients identify and work through triggers and stressors so they are prepared with certain situation arise, and help them make the necessary behavioral changes.
Suboxone Treatment Advisers
Many people addicted to painkillers may think they can overcome it alone. If you are thinking this way, please consider the following: Opioid cravings are extremely strong and can occur months and even years after your last use. The intensity of these urges can put even the most committed people at risk for relapse. Suboxone Treatment Advisers can help you understand many aspects of your addiction and healing.
You will find at BeFree Centers for addiction, ( a division of JoyRich Health Care Centers) We have Licensed Medical Professionals are available at your convenience for an initial consultation, meeting you in a confidential , non-threatening environment to set up a treatment plan specifically designed to aid in your recovery.
Almost 2 million people in the United States dependent on opioids, it is more common than most people may think. It’s important to recognize that opioid dependence is a brain disease, not a moral failing.
Caring for a loved one who is addicted to prescription opioid painkillers or heroin isn’t easy. Opioid dependence is a medical condition. In order to treat this condition and provide the best opportunity for your loved one, he or she will require a plan that includes medication, counseling and your support.
Buprenorphine, otherwise known as Suboxone film is used in the treatment of Opioid dependency. Only qualified physicians can prescribe, dispense and treat Opioid dependence with Suboxone.
Urine drug screening, medication and counseling are all part of our support provided to you when entering the program.
BeFree Centers is a service also located in the JoyRich Health Care Centers.
Our Clinic is designed to help people be free from opioid and heroin dependency… a serious, life altering disease that requires medical treatment and
We are here to help!
JoyRich Health Care Centers &
BeFree Centers for Addiction
2387 Professional Heights Plaza
Lexington, KY 40503