If you’ve experienced obvious consequences from the abuse of drugs or alcohol and you haven’t stopped using them, you may be addicted. These effects can include problems at school or work, in your relationships, or with your health.
Other signs of addiction include:
When you use certain drugs — including narcotic pain medication — on a regular basis, you become dependent. Without the drug, you may experience withdrawal. While there are cognitive symptoms of withdrawal such as irritability and trouble focusing, there are also physical symptoms, including:
In some circumstances, withdrawal can cause seizures or hallucinations. If you’re showing signs of drug withdrawal, you may need medical attention.
The drug abused and the severity of your addiction determine the type of treatment recommended. In many cases, outpatient therapy — which typically uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) — is the primary source of treatment. Outpatient therapy can be combined with group therapy and support group meetings.
In some cases, inpatient rehabilitation — including detox — is necessary.
Dr. Souidi sometimes prescribes medicine to treat addiction. He prescribes specific medication to manage withdrawal symptoms and lower your risk of relapse.
Suboxone is a prescription medication used to treat opioid addiction and dependence in adults. It’s designed for those addicted to either prescription pain pills or illegal opiates, including heroin. Suboxone comes as a sublingual film and you place it under your tongue.
Suboxone contains two active ingredients:
Buprenorphine is an opioid agonist and binds to the same brain receptors as opiates. It reduces withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings.
Naloxone is an opioid antagonist and blocks other opiates from binding to brain receptors. That protects from Suboxone misuse and deters you from using other opiates.
If you do use pain pills or heroin while taking Suboxone, you don’t get the desired high but can suffer severe side effects, including depression of your central nervous system.
If you’re addicted to drugs or alcohol and think addiction medicine may be right for you, contact Dr. Souidi. Call the office or book an appointment online now.