As many as 20 million people in the United States struggle with substance abuse, with cases rising all the time. This substance can take over your mind and body, causing complications with your job, relationship, and health. At Pacifica Health, with offices in the East Hollywood and Chinatown neighborhoods of Los Angeles and in Monterey Park, California, Antuan Kiley, MD, and the team of physicians offer help for substance abuse so you can get your life back. Call one of the offices today to start your road to recovery or book an appointment online.
Opioids are among the most addictive and readily available drugs. These narcotics are used to control severe or chronic pain, which often results after surgery, injury, or disease. When used as prescribed, opioids are incredibly safe, but misuse may lead to addiction.
The most common opioids with a potential for addiction include fentanyl, tramadol, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.
Opioid addiction is prevalent, but these medications are not the only substances to which people form a dependence. Heroin, cocaine, and other street drugs also have the potential to lead to devastating addiction.
You may be concerned about your own substance use or have worries about a loved one or friend. Addiction happens when you develop a dependency on a medication or drug.
You can’t just snap out of drug addiction. It’s a chronic brain disease that makes you need the drugs to feel normal. Addiction can lead to erratic behavior and interfere with social relationships, work, hygiene, and family life.
You should suspect possible drug addiction if you notice that:
Raise your concerns with the practitioners at Pacifica Health, whether about yourself or someone you love. They can help you decide how to proceed with evaluation and treatment.
At Pacifica Health, the doctors may recommend certain medications that have been proven effective in helping people overcome opioid addiction. Options include Suboxone® (buprenorphine), Vivitrol® (naltrexone), and methadone.
Behavioral therapy and counseling are other important components of drug addiction treatment. Behavioral therapy helps you identify possible reasons for your addiction so you can address the root causes and begin to recover.
Counseling helps you manage the life changes associated with overcoming addiction. Counseling and behavioral therapy may be offered on their own or in conjunction with medications to help treat drug addiction.
If you or a loved one are struggling with drug addiction, don’t delay in calling Pacifica Health or scheduling an appointment online for treatment.