The Pain Management Clinic offers solutions to chronic pain including comprehensive treatments for the following conditions:
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Opioid Dependency/Addiction Treatment
Opioids act in the nervous system to produce pain relief and pleasure. Opioid addiction is a compulsive urge to use opioid drugs, even when they are no longer medically necessary. Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that can lead to major social, health and economic problems.
Some opioids are legally prescribed by healthcare providers to manage pain, while others, such as heroin, are illegal drugs.
Addicted individuals prioritize using these drugs over other activities in their lives. Some are more likely to become addicted than others, although we do not know why.
Opioids change the chemistry of the brain and create drug tolerance. This means that over time the dose needs to increase to achieve the same effect. Taking opioids over an extended time produces dependence. During dependence, when people stop taking the drug, they have physical and psychological symptoms of withdrawal.
Dependence is not the same as addiction. Everyone who takes opioids for an extended time becomes dependent. However, only a small number also experience a compulsive, continuing need for the drug that characterizes addiction.
If you are struggling with opioid usage, our MMG Providers would love to work with you to help you gently and effectively remove your addiction or dependence.