Relapse Prevention Q&A
What is opioid addiction?
Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that affects your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Opioids are drugs that trigger the release of the “feel-good” neurotransmitters in your brain. The action of the drug alters your brain’s chemistry, which leads to tolerance and the need to use more of the drug to get the same pleasurable effects.
Opioids include prescription medications like codeine, Percocet®, hydrocodone, and fentanyl, as well as illegal drugs like heroin.
Taking opioids for a long period of time creates a physical dependence on the drug. When you attempt to stop your use of the opioid, you go through physical withdrawal symptoms that can be uncomfortable and painful, such as sweating, muscle cramps, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
How is an opioid addiction treated?
Medication-assisted therapy (MAT) is the primary treatment for opioid addiction. This treatment includes medications, behavioral therapy, and counseling. The medications used for MAT may include methadone or buprenorphine, which are types of opioids.
Dr. Yee takes a different approach to opioid addiction and doesn’t substitute one opioid for another. With his Rapid Opioid Detoxification Treatment Method™, an eight-hour general anesthesia-assisted detox, Dr. Yee treats your physical addiction and prevents your withdrawal symptoms with Vivitrol, which is a long-acting opiate antagonist.
With a traditional opioid detox program, you may go through as many as eight days of withdrawal symptoms. By compressing your opioid addiction treatment into a single eight-hour session, Dr. Yee helps you bypass the worst of your withdrawal symptoms and stops the physical cravings for the drug.
What is relapse prevention?
One of the biggest benefits of the Rapid Opioid Detoxification Treatment Method is how it prevents physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings, which is essential for relapse prevention. Vivitrol works by attaching to opioid receptors in your brain, but without triggering the release of dopamine. The non-addictive treatment helps control your physical withdrawal and craving up to 30 days.
To support your rehabilitation, Dr. Yee recommends you also seek long-term counseling from an addiction specialist. The rapid detox can alleviate your physical dependence on opioids, but not the psychological or social aspects of your addiction.
To learn more about relapse prevention, contact Rapid Opioid Detox Clinic by phone or online today.