Addiction Treatment

Addiction Treatment Pompano Beach

Our office-based treatment for opioid addiction provides a cost-effective, safe, convenient and comprehensive approach, utilizing medically supervised withdrawal with addiction counseling.

The cycle of pain and addiction is then broken, restoring the quality of life that you once had and deserve.

Pain and Addiction

Overview of Substance Abuse and Addiction

Opioid (narcotic) dependence is a serious and growing problem in the United States. Over 4.4 million people use prescription pain relievers nonmedically. An estimated 2.4 million have used heroin at sometime in their lives. In 2001, an estimated 2.4 million used pain relievers nonmedically for the first time-up from 628,000 in 1990.

An estimated 1.9 million people 12 years of age and older have used oxycodone nonmedically. In the general population, approximately 6-15% of patients suffer from the disease of addiction

The number of people using prescription pain relievers nonmedically is increasing dramatically. This, added to the level of established heroin dependence, has set the stage for a critical shortage of qualified opioid dependence treatment physicians.

Chronic pain affects millions of people United States and costs of approximately 120-$150 billion annually. Untreated chronic pain often leads to substance and alcohol abuse. Over 80% of Americans will experience back pain at sometime in their life.

 

The Problem

The problem that we are facing in the United States is one in which pain patients are presenting with substance dependence or addiction problems. Since the incidence of addiction in the general population is 6-15%, the number of patients with chronic pain and addiction can be quite high. Many physicians with good intentions treat these patients with narcotic painkillers. However, they often overlook the signs and symptoms of opioid dependence and addiction.

Furthermore, some patients treated with opioid painkillers can develop hyperalgesia, which is a state of heightened pain. One might consider opioid hyperalgesia a form of super tolerance, which is simply that more and more drug is required to a effectively treat the pain.

At some point even huge doses of narcotic pain medications can lead to hyperalgesia and simply be ineffective. Often these patients will be receiving very large doses of narcotic painkillers with marginal control of pain. These patients may or may not present with signs of addiction or opioid dependence. They are simply being treated with large doses of narcotic painkillers by their physicians and their opioid hyperalgesia is overlooked or not diagnosed.

At Coastal Pan Medicine we believe it is vital that pain and addiction problems are addressed properly through an effective and affordable addiction treatment in Pompano Beach and surrounding counties.


The Drug Addiction Act of 2000 (DATA)

The Drug Addiction Act of 2000 (DATA) passed by Congress allows qualified physicians to treat opioid addiction in an office-based setting with the use of Addiction Treatment  approved scheduled medications. Prior to this, opioid addicted patients had to be treated with methadone in federally licensed and operated methadone clinics.

These clinics often were in less than desirable neighborhoods and were quite stigmatized. With the passage of DATA, qualified physicians and can treat opioid addiction in their offices on an outpatient basis. For more information on this subject, please visit http://www.naabt.org

Opioid Addiction

Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that can cause major problems to a person’s health, social status and economic status.

This type of drug addiction is characterized as having a powerful and compulsive urge to take opioid drugs even when it is no longer medically required.

Opioids are a type of drugs that is often used to relieve pain. Some opioids are legally prescribed by doctors to help patients manage chronic to severe pain. The common types of opioids that are being prescribed include:

  • Oxycodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Buprenorphine
  • Methadone
  • Oxymorphone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Codeine
  • Morphine

When these types of opioid drugs are inappropriately taken or misused, it can cause life-threatening health problems including; being at high risk of drug overdose, slow breathing and unconsciousness.

Cause of Opioid addiction

Taking opioids for a long period of time changes the function of your brain by creating artificial endorphins. Aside from blocking pain, these kinds of endorphins make a person feel good. Too much intake of opioids causes your brain to be dependent on artificial endorphins. If this occurs, it causes the brain to stop producing its own endorphins and creates higher drug tolerance.

 

Signs and symptoms of opioid addiction

The initial step towards recovery is recognizing your problem with your opioids intake. The symptoms of opioid addiction can either be physical, behavioral, and psychological. One of the most obvious signs is being unable to stop taking the substance and taking more than the recommended amount.

Some other signs and symptoms of opioid addiction include:

  • Poor body coordination
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slow heart rate
  • Constipation
  • Physical agitation
  • Depression
  • Making poor decisions
  • Deserting responsibilities
  • Stammering
  • Sleeping more or sleeping less than normal
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Euphoria (feeling high)
  • Unmotivated
  • Anxiety attacks

Addiction Treatment Pompano Beach

At Coastal Pain Medicine we treat both chronic pain and opioid addiction. We are able to treat not only opioid addicted patients, but patients who present with hyperalgesia.

We believe that there are thousands of patients treated with opioids that have developed this syndrome of hyperalgesia and are desperate for an alternative. In the safety, comfort and privacy of our office environment we can detoxify these patients from their opioid medication and treat their pain with non-opioid medication and other techniques such as interventional pain management, psychological therapies, and acupuncture.

 

Substance Abuse Treatment Options

The exact treatment option will depend on your specific circumstances. We offer a variety of treatments, including:

We’ve been very successful in treating motivated patients who want to get off the opioid pain medications and feel that the quality of their life has not been improved by opioid therapy. It should also be pointed out that there are many patients who can be treated successfully with opioid therapy and we have many of these patients in our practice. But for those patients who have developed hyperalgesia or even substance dependence or addiction, there is an alternative.


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