Opiate addiction, known also as Opiate Use Disorder involves a person’s dependency on drugs called opiates, or opioids. Once dependent on opiates, a big problem with withdrawal symptoms will occur when trying to stop. These uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms are alleviated by more opiates, and the cycle of use continues.

Once dependent on opiates, the human brain becomes “selfish” and cannot thing of much else besides taking more opiates. That is why overdoses and deaths are so common these days. People who are dependent on opiates accidently take too much when they are in withdrawal symptoms. After that, they stop breathing and die. It’s tragic!

The best way around this is to prescribe a controlled amount of an opiate, a special opiate that causes less feelings of a high, but reduces the cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Such a treatment, called Substitution Treatment is now considered the most effective. This form of treatment is also called Medication Assisted Treatment, as well as Outpatient Based Opiate Treatment.

The special opiate used in this regard is called: Buprenorphine. It is also called Suboxone. Suboxone is prescribed by a physician who has been certified to use it for the treatment of patients with the diagnosis Opiate Use Disorder.

Suboxone is the number one, most effective treatment for patients with Opiate Use Disorder. An Addictionologist is a Specialist Physician, who is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and who is best qualified for this sort of treatment. Patients who stay on Suboxone are able to stay alive and function better. After all, isn’t that the goal?

For more information of how to find a Board Certified Addictionologist for the treatment of Opiate Use Disorder with Suboxone, call The Drug and Alcohol Detox Clinic of South Mississippi, and they will be glad to help you. Their number is 601.261.9101. Or, you can find them @ www.TheDrugandAlcoholDetoxClinic.com There’s Still hope!

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