Initially prescribed to control pain, opioid use has grown into a significant public health problem. Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that affects the function of the brain. Like any other chronic disease, opioid addiction requires ongoing medical care. Olan Halim, MD, James Koch, PA, and the team at MyRecoveryCouch, based in Austin, Texas, and Green Bay, Wisconsin, take a holistic approach to opioid addiction, designing programs that fit your unique needs. They are licensed to care for patients living in Texas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. For help with your opioid addiction, call the office or book online today — all appointments are conducted virtually.
Opioid Addiction Q & A
What are opioids?
Opioids are drugs that alter brain function to get the desired effects. Doctors prescribe opioids to control pain because the drug blocks the brain’s pain receptors.
Types of prescription opioids include:
Heroin is an illegal opioid.
Opioids also release your brain’s feel-good chemicals, causing feelings of euphoria and triggering the brain’s reward center, which leads to cravings and the compulsive need to use.
What is opioid addiction?
Opioid addiction is a condition that causes an obsessive need to use the drug, despite its potential harm. Opioid addiction is a chronic problem that affects physical, mental, and social well-being.
Opioids change brain chemistry, increasing your tolerance to the drug; you must take more and more of the drug to get the same euphoric feelings. If you take opioids for an extended period, your body develops a dependence on the drug.
When you attempt to stop taking opioids, your body goes into withdrawal, causing uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms.
Though treating opioid addiction is difficult, MyRecoveryCouch has a system that makes recovery possible.
What are the signs of opioid addiction?
The signs of opioid addiction may be difficult to identify, especially in people with a prescription from their doctor. However, with opioid addiction, you or someone you love may experience:
- Change in sleep habits
- Loss of appetite and weight loss
- Change in personal hygiene
- Complaints of an increase in pain
- Isolation from friends and family
- Financial difficulties
- Making mistakes at work or school
- Stealing from friends or family
- Needing to take more opioids
Going into withdrawal when attempting to stop opioids is also a sign of addiction; withdrawal indicates a physical dependency on the drug.
How is an opioid addiction treated?
MyRecoveryCouch takes a patient-centered approach to care when treating a patient with opioid addiction. They care for the whole patient, not a data point. Treatment may include:
MyRecoveryCouch provides detox treatment to help you get through the withdrawal symptoms. They provide detox at a drug rehab clinic, so you’re closely monitored and managed during the process.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
MAT is a treatment for opioid addiction that combines medications to control cravings and withdrawal symptoms with psychotherapy.
Mental health treatment
MyRecoveryCouch also provides mental health treatment, diagnosing and managing any mental health issues that may co-occur with your addiction, such as depression or anxiety.