Opioid addiction is a national crisis, estimated to affect 1.7 million Americans. Dedicated to helping those suffering from opioid addiction, the multidisciplinary team at Alpha Care Medical utilizes the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program to help you recover from your addiction. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Seaford, Millsboro, Harrington, or Dover, Delaware.
Opioids are a type of drug naturally found in the opium plant. The drug attaches to opioid receptors on nerve cells found in your brain, spine, and gut to block signaling to get the desired results. The drugs are primarily prescribed to treat pain.
Types of opioids include:
Though effective at treating pain, opioids are highly addictive because they also trigger your brain’s reward center. Up to 12% of people who are prescribed opioids misuse the drug.
Over time, your opioid use alters your brain’s chemistry so you develop a tolerance to the drug, which means you need to take more of the drug to experience the same effects.
An opioid addiction is a chronic disease that affects your physical, mental, and social health. The cause of opioid addiction is complex and may develop from a combination of factors that includes your genetics, lifestyle, and environment.
With opioid addiction, you may prioritize getting and using the drug, which may affect your professional and personal relationships.
Your opioid addiction may also lead to an overdose, which is a life-threatening condition that slows or stops your breathing and requires emergency medical care.
An opioid addiction affects your physical, psychological, and behavioral health. Common symptoms of opioid addiction include:
You or a loved one may also have an opioid addiction if withdrawal symptoms develop when you attempt to stop using the drug. Your withdrawal symptoms may include severe muscle cramping, diarrhea, and anxiety, which can last for days.
The team at Alpha Care Medical specializes in the treatment of opioid addiction and offers the medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program. MAT combines behavioral health with medications to help you recover from your addiction and reduce your risk of relapse.
With MAT, your provider at Alpha Care Medical prescribes specific medications that help manage your physical cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Your behavioral therapy addresses the psychological issues related to your opioid addiction.
For comprehensive care of your opioid addiction from an experienced team, call Alpha Care Medical to book an appointment today.