Addiction doctors help you with your opioid addiction. There are many kinds of addiction, not only substance abuse. There is addiction to work, sex, gambling and more. When it comes to prescription drug use, opioid pain relievers are high on the list of dangerous drugs of abuse. Of the street drugs, one of the deadliest is heroin. Street dealers are adding deadly fentanyl to heroin these days. Fortunately, addiction doctors can help you quit heroin. In fact, they can help you quit today.
How I find addiction doctors near me?
This is a common question. There are many resources. So, it is not too hard to find one close by. You can use your phone or computer to help. Here is a video I made to show you how to find addiction doctors near you. When it comes to treating opioid use disorder, or opioid addiction, buprenorphine treatment is becoming the standard of care. Buprenorphine is prescribed as part of a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program.
How can an opioid addiction doctor help me to quit drugs?
If you are taking a dangerous drug such as heroin, we can help. There is special medicine to help you quit. With therapy, the program works. So, I think about it. Why suffer with cravings and withdrawal symptoms? If there is a way out, why not take it? Since treatment works, I think you should at least consider it.
Which opioid is most dangerous?
You may have heard recently in the news that fentanyl is the most likely to cause an opioid overdose. It is true that compared to other opioids, fentanyl is about the most dangerous of all when it comes to drug abuse in general. Many drug users are not even aware that they are using this deadly drug. In fact, heroin is being cut or even fully substituted with fentanyl or its analogs, such as the even more potent carfentanil.
What is Suboxone treatment?
When it comes to addiction treatment and opiate addiction, Suboxone may be the best option available. Buprenorphine is the main ingredient in Suboxone. This medication can provide long-term relief from active addiction. A Suboxone doctor can help you to remain drug-free. They can prescribe suboxone film or other equivalent buprenorphine meds in addition to therapy. Therapy from a mental health professional is also an important part of treatment.
What is methadone maintenance?
For particularly difficult cases of opioid addiction, methadone may be the ideal form of addiction treatment. However, this form of addiction treatment requires daily clinic visits. Compared to monthly Suboxone doctor visits, the methadone maintenance program can put a strain on your lifestyle. And, Suboxone is generally safer than methadone. Methadone can potentially cause some very serious side effects including overdose.
Yet, with rampant use of fentanyl analogs on the streets, there are definitely patients who will benefit, at least to start, from a methadone maintenance program. Because it does not require an extended period of opioid withdrawal before starting treatment, it has a fairly high rate of success.
What is naloxone?
Also known as Narcan, this life-saving medication can reverse and opioid overdose. It is so important and useful that in some states, even a pharmacist can prescribe it. In fact, there has been talk of naloxone becoming an over-the-counter drug. Doctors should give a prescription of naloxone to anyone who is around opioid use.
Another use for the drug, naloxone, is to use it as an abuse deterrent in opioid medications. Some prescription opioids include naloxone. Even Suboxone has naloxone in it. The purpose of naloxone in this case is to prevent drug abuse by the intravenous route. If a patient has a history of injecting heroin or opioid pain medications, the Suboxone doctor should consider prescribing a buprenorphine medicine that includes naloxone.
What is naltrexone?
Besides buprenorphine and methadone, naltrexone is another option to treat opiate addiction. One drawback is that patients must go through an extended period of opioid withdrawal before getting started with naltrexone. Otherwise, it also has a good rate of long-term success. One benefit of naltrexone is that it is not an opioid, whereas buprenorphine and methadone are both opioids. For patients who prefer to avoid any opioid use, it may be the best option.
So, now that I found addiction doctors in my area, what do I do next?
Now that you know it is possible, it is time to take action. Make a phone call today. You know you need to quit, so pick up the phone. Opioid addiction doctors are ready for you, but they can’t make the call for you. They don’t know that you need help unless you ask. If you put off asking for help for too long, you risk a serious overdose.
What doctors are available in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County?
Good question! I’m glad you asked. If you live in South Florida, you are welcome to call my office any time. I am Dr. Mark Leeds, osteopathic physician. I have been working with opioid dependent and addicted patients for many years. I am currently accepting new patients. So, if you are in the area, and you are ready to make the call, you can reach me at 954-776-6226.