Opioid dependence and addiction are both problematic conditions that need effective treatment to beat. The withdrawal symptoms and possible behavioral issues opioids can create are extremely uncomfortable and difficult to deal with. This video covers some of the options available for opioid treatment.
Individuals who are addicted to drugs spend most of the day either high or sick from withdrawal. The key to treatment is to reduce the time spent being sick without needing the high. It’s a difficult thing to do, but with the help of some suboxone and methadone, it can be achieved.
The best way to treat addiction is to prevent it in the first place, and that didn’t happen with opioids. Instead, pharmaceutical companies pressured doctors into prescribing opioids more and more to help them profit. In the end, it was everyday patients who were trying to cope with pain who suffered, along with their families.
Now, insurance companies and health officials are taking steps to prevent the overprescription of opioids. They’re requiring prior authorizations and limiting the time patients can use the drugs. There are also various medicines that help decrease the costs of opioid addiction. For more information, check out the video above.