Why Are Opioids So Highly Abused?

Opioids are a class of prescription drugs that are heavily abused by Americans. Understanding the root of addiction to a drug like this can help individuals explore their treatment options.

Why Do People Abuse Opioids?

There are a number of reasons why opioids are so commonly abused, for example:

  • As a prescription medication it is relatively easy to obtain in larger quantities. Addicts regularly “doctor shop” to obtain prescriptions from multiple sources.
  • Addiction is not suspected as easily by those closest to an addict. This is because it becomes harder to detect a clear difference between legitimate prescription drug use and abuse.
  • Opioids have highly physically addictive properties. Addicts that try to stop using the drug typically experience fairly severe withdrawal symptoms.
  • Many Americans suffer from pain conditions that legitimately require use of opioids. Unfortunately, as a tolerance to the medication builds, the cycle of abuse can begin.
  • Addicts believe that opioids are safer to use than street drugs, or they wouldn’t be prescribed. Although this is false, it is still one of the reasons why any prescription drug abuse is common.

With a better understanding of some of the causes of addiction, it becomes easier for those struggling to see why treatment help is necessary.

Learn About Opioids Addiction Treatment Options

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Recognizing Opiate Addiction That Requires Suboxone Treatment

Suboxone therapy is used in the treatment of severe opiate addiction. This drug is part of an essential recovery plan as it can reduce withdrawal symptoms and help suppress cravings. Before considering this treatment option for yourself or for a loved one, it is necessary to first identify opiate addiction.

Signs of Opiate Addiction

There are a number of signs and symptoms unique to abuse of opiates. Opiate addicts often experience:

  • Frequent fatigue and lethargy
  • Small, constricted pupils
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Shaking and tremors
  • Track marks for injecting opiates like heroin
  • Red nostrils and frequent sniffling from snorting opiates.

In addition to the above physical signs, addicts often exhibit a number of behavioral ones that are true of any addict – not just those addicted to opiates.

Treating Opiate Addiction with Suboxone

If you or someone that you love is exhibiting any of the above signs of opiate addiction, Suboxone treatment may be an appropriate recovery option. It is a three phrase treatment plan that helps individuals overcome their addiction and then maintain their sobriety.

Contact us today to learn more, or visit our blog again for more in-depth information on Suboxone treatment for opiate abuse.

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What Are the Signs of Major Depressive Disorder Requiring TMS Treatment?

A mental health professional can best provide a diagnosis for your depression and prescribe a course of treatment, but there are some signs that can help you determine if you have major depressive disorder independently and see if you may be a candidate for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

Major Depressive Disorder (sometimes known as Major Depression) is defined by the National Institute on Mental Heath as “Major depressive disorder, also called major depression, is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once–pleasurable activities. Major depression is disabling and prevents a person from functioning normally. An episode of major depression may occur only once in a person’s lifetime, but more often, it recurs throughout a person’s life. Major depressive disorder is often characterized by the following:

  • Two or more weeks experiencing symptoms of clinical depression
  • Depression that is not due to other physical or mental health issues, grief or stress
  • An inability to regain interest in once important lifestyle factors

Major depressive disorder is persistent clinical depression – the general symptoms of any depressive condition can indicate when this issue is present, and they include the following:

  • Daily feelings of sadness and loss of motivation
  • Increased irritability and restlessness
  • Insomnia or excessive fatigue
  • Recognizable weight loss or gain within a short period of time
  • Diminished ability to concentrate
  • Feelings of worthlessness or suicidal thoughts

If you believe you’re experiencing any of the above, or you’ve been ineffectively treated with antidepressants, you may be a candidate for TMS. Contact us at the Suffolk TMS and Behavioral Treatment Center for more information.

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Within this regularly updated feature of my website, I will provide visitors with practice news and specials, as well as information regarding the most recent technological advances and new treatments in psychiatry.

I believe that patient education and open communication with your doctor are the keys to achieving healthy, fully functional results and patient satisfaction, which is why I strive to provide the highest quality of psychiatric care for patients of all ages. This is done by combining technical skill and broad experience with cutting-edge technology for impeccable medical results.

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