Opioid Use Disorder
Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a medical condition characterized by the problematic or harmful use of opioids, which are a class of drugs that include prescription pain relievers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, as well as illegal drugs like heroin. OUD is a complex and chronic condition that involves physical and psychological dependence on opioids.
Key features of opioid use disorder include:
An intense desire or urge to use opioids.
2. Loss of Control
Difficulty in controlling opioid use, leading to using larger amounts or for longer periods than intended
3. Physical Dependence
Developing a tolerance to opioids, which means needing higher doses to achieve the desired effect and experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using opioids.
4. Neglecting Responsibilities
Opioid use takes precedence over important social, occupational, or recreational activities.
5. Social and Interpersonal Problem
Opioid use can lead to strained relationships with family and friends, as well as difficulties in maintaining employment or other social connections.
6. Persistent Use Despite Harm
Continued use of opioids despite being aware of the physical or psychological harm it causes.
Opioid use disorder is a serious medical condition that can have severe health consequences, including overdose and death. Treatment typically involves a combination of behavioral therapies, counseling, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and support from healthcare professionals and support networks. The goal is to help individuals reduce or cease their opioid use, improve their quality of life, and achieve long-term recovery. If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid use disorder, we are here to help.
What is Suboxone?
Suboxone is a combination medication consisting of Buprenorphine and Naloxone. Buprenorphine is an opioid medication and Naloxone is a special kind of narcotic drug that reverses the effect of other narcotic medications. Both medication work together, act on the same brain structure and processes as addictive opioids but with protective and normalizing effects. Suboxone though an opioid, is used to treat narcotic (opioid) addiction and dependence.
At Rapid Urgent Care, we offer Medication Assisted Treatment with Buprenorphine and naloxone (suboxone) to patients that have decided to make the commitment and seek help. We have processes all our patient must follow to be eligible and remain eligible for management with our facility.
Our processes include:
If you are ready to seek help and ready to beat this disorder, book an appointment online or call us at (830)469-3033.