Opioid Addiction

Addiction Medicine & Mental Health located in Catonsville, MD

Opioid Addiction

Nearly 75% of drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2020 involved an opioid, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At EsiaCare in Parkville, Maryland, Grace Agboh, NP, understands how opioid addiction affects individuals and families. The practice provides holistic and compassionate support and medical care to help people overcome opioid addiction. Call the addiction medical clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

Opioid Addiction Q&A

What is opioid addiction?

Opioid addiction is a complex health condition that causes an overwhelming and compulsive dependence on opioids — a class of powerful pain-relieving drugs. Opioids chemically alter the brain, leading to cravings, high tolerance (needing higher doses for the same effect), and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop or reduce opioid use. 

Opioid addiction can severely affect your physical, emotional, and social well-being. Comprehensive treatment and support are essential for lasting recovery. At EsiaCare, your provider takes a holistic approach to care that uncovers and addresses the root cause of opioid addiction.

What are the warning signs of opioid addiction?

Opioid addiction symptoms may be subtle initially, but over time can interfere with your daily routine and ability to function. Telltale signs of opioid addiction include:

  • Cravings when sober
  • Physical dependence
  • Increasingly heavier or more frequent use
  • Weight loss
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • A drop in libido
  • Changes in sleep patterns

Feeling physically dependent on opioids can be a difficult pattern to break. Withdrawal symptoms are often all-consuming, ranging from sweating and shaking to nausea and vomiting. Proper guidance and support are essential to intervene promptly and overcome the challenges of opioid addiction.

Why are opioids so addictive?

Many substances are addictive, but opioids are unique in their ability to stimulate the brain’s natural reward system. They quickly activate the release of endorphins — neurotransmitters that produce euphoric effects. This rapid and intense pleasure can lead to severe opioid cravings and a heightened risk of dependence.

What can I expect from the opioid addiction detox process?

EsiaCare offers outpatient detox programs to help your body process opioids in a safe and medically supervised environment. These programs allow you to stay home or with someone you trust to detox privately. You may be able to go to work or school during this time.

Withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to navigate, but EsiaCare offers medically assisted treatment (MAT) to ease your discomfort. Medications, such as buprenorphine, methadone, and naltrexone, can ease withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings, and lead to better treatment outcomes.

The next step after detox depends on your individual needs and treatment goals.

Opioid addiction can be difficult to treat on your own. Call EsiaCare today or schedule an appointment online to receive supportive care.