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.