Eliminating Opioid Dependency With Suboxone

In mainstream news, the opioid crisis is referenced quite frequently. It’s almost cliche to even to think, let alone to say, “Oh that would never happen to me, or anyone I know.” It is almost statistically impossible to not be personally affected in some way by the opioid crisis. And where do we draw the line? Are we still addicts if we are fully functioning? As long as we take our medication, whatever the cocktail entails, and our life is “ok” are we still addicts? It seems now society frequently, and unabashedly, uses medication to regulate everything, and any issue we may face. Irregular cycles? Use birth control pills. Having difficulty with weight loss? Phentermine from a doctor can help. Having a thyroid imbalance? A steady mix of pills can help control it. Depression, ADD, etc…. it’s no wonder the opioid crisis happened. But we should not treat it as a surprise. 

It can happen slowly, and then all at once. A person can be prescribed opioids after a minor surgery, or even after an injury. The use of the medication becomes a hindrance, and you find the “pain” never really goes away. Welcome to the throes of addiction. No matter how “functioning” you are, you can still be an addict. Zubsolv, or  as it is more commonly known by the generic name of Suboxone has been used to help patients conquer their opioid addictions. Whether the original “pain” is real, the physical ramifications of taking opioids for an extended period of time are very real. Your body goes into withdrawal, the severity linked to the severity of your addiction. Through the use of this MAT (medication assisted therapy) a patient is able to address the physical craving and withdrawal of the opioid with out the “high.”

Suboxone is a mix of buprenorphine and naloxone. After taking the medication, suboxone plants itself against the same receptors your opioids would. Once it binds to the same receptors in the brain, it prevents the cravings for the drugs as a blunt intoxications. Essentially, suboxone addresses the physical aspect of withdrawal, while gradually weaning the patient away from the original opioids. Suboxone is a pure opioid antagonist. And then gradually, and under the guidance of a doctor, the dosage of suboxone can be lowered, until the dependency on opioids is completely removed. A patient can transition back to normal life, without the stigma or tangible proof of opioid addiction. Addiction is a chronic condition that many Americans face, and can be treated effectively with suboxone therapy in Elkridge, MD, in order to produce true relief, and the consistency of maintaining recovery. Patients deserve more than just simple functioning in their lives. They deserve to enjoy a quality life, instead of trying to make it day by day. Suboxone can begin their path to eliminating their addiction.

 

Thanks to the Pain & Spine Specialists of Maryland, LLC for their insight into chronic pain and opioid addiction.

 

Understanding the Chiropractic Process

Chiropractic

Chiropractic therapy is beneficial for several injuries and for general health. Unfortunately, too many people do not receive treatment because they are unfamiliar with it and feel scared. These people hear terms like “spinal manipulation,” and they cringe. Chiropractic treatment is not standard in adolescence, leading to misconceptions among older individuals. The leading misconception is that doctors of chiropractic are illegitimate because they do not rely on prescription drugs and surgeries, or because many people label their therapy as optional. If you can move past the biases, you will understand the intricacies of this medical profession and how treatment can benefit you.

Initial Exam and Imaging

Like other appointments, a chiropractor will need to examine you to determine the best treatment options. During an initial exam, he or she will question you about your medical history and any other current pain or injury. They may also ask you to perform a range of motion tests. If your injury is hard to discern or in a risky location, the chiropractor will ask for imaging, like an x-ray, to get a more precise idea of your problem. From these tests, the chiropractor can determine the best treatment plan.

Treatment Plan and Timeline

A treatment plan and its duration will vary from patient to patient. No injury or body is the same. For many patients, chiropractors will suggest a six-week plan, with multiple visits per week. However, the timeline is likely longer than six-weeks because a chiropractor may suggest continued routine care.

Sometimes, a chiropractor will review the imaging and determine you need further medical intervention. For example, you may go to a doctor of chiropractic for a sprain for them to realize you have a break. The chiropractor will never risk a patient’s wellbeing. They are medical professionals and will act as such.

Spinal Manipulations and Adjustments

Chiropractic care primarily uses two treatment techniques — spinal manipulations and adjustments. While both are safe, people still fear each therapy. Potential patients hear about bones cracking and then forego treatment. However, the cracking or popping sound is the release of air bubbles in the fluid surrounding your joints. The World Health Organization and other health associations state that chiropractic therapy is safe.

Should you go to a chiropractor? Yes. Chiropractors can help relieve chronic pain and resolve musculoskeletal injuries. However, before choosing this therapy, contact a local chiropractor, like a chiropractor in Silver Spring, MD, to discuss the specifics of your injury or pain and schedule a consultation.

 


 

Thanks to AmeriWell Clinics for their insight into the chiropractic process.