Opioid medications can be a beneficial tool in controlling pain, but without proper medication management, they can lead to dependency. Ajay Aggarwal, MD, specializes in opioid addiction treatment and, together with his team at The Pain Relief Center, uses Suboxone® to help men and women in Bay City and Lake Jackson, Texas, reduce their dependence on opioids. If you’re looking for ways to stop using opioid medication, call The Pain Relief Center or schedule an appointment online today.
Opioids, also known as opiates, are a specific class of drugs used to control pain. The most common prescription opioids are hydrocodone, morphine, and codeine, while heroin is an illegal form of opioid.
Prescription opioid medications can be a powerful pain-relieving tool because of how they interact with your nervous system. Unfortunately, they also come with unique risks because of their addictive qualities.
Both prescription and illegal opioids cause emotional and physical responses in your body that can lead to dependence and tolerance. Dependence and tolerance are different from addiction.
When you take opioids, your system can grow tolerant of their effects over time, requiring higher doses of medication to provide the same level of pain relief. At the same time, they also cause changes in your brain.
At first, you may have feelings of euphoria after taking an opioid. But, over time, your brain starts responding less, and it starts producing fewer endorphins, so it loses its ability to feel happy naturally.
As your body and brain become more tolerant to opioids, it can lead to taking more and more medication. This dependence puts you at risk for addiction, overdose, and death.
Suboxone is a specific type of opioid medication that offers a safer option than traditional opiates. This drug has a different chemical structure, so it creates fewer feelings of euphoria and physical dependence.
When you stop taking opioids, it’s common to experience withdrawal symptoms that include:
By using Suboxone to ease these withdrawal symptoms, you can return to a life that isn’t dependent on opioids.
Dr. Aggarwal and his team rely on Suboxone as a medication management tool. As a specialist in opioid addiction treatment, Dr. Aggarwal uses Suboxone to help with dependency because it can block the effects of other opioids. This approach not only decreases your withdrawal symptoms, but also helps with opioid cravings.
In addition to Suboxone, Dr. Aggarwal and his team incorporate other pain management treatments into your care. They also offer additional addiction management therapies, like medication, talk therapy or counseling, and support during the detoxification process.
To learn more about Suboxone and opioid dependency, call The Pain Relief Center or schedule an appointment online today.