Millions of Americans currently use opioid medications to manage chronic pain. Unfortunately, this fact has also resulted in an opioid epidemic of unprecedented proportions, with the former head of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) going as far as to call the issue “one of the greatest mistakes of modern medicine.” In response to the growing problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidelines in regard to the way that this powerful class of drugs is prescribed.

Specifically, the agency recommends that opioids should not be used as the first-line treatment or the only treatment for chronic non-cancer pain. In addition, doctors should always prescribe the lowest effective dose and be sure to follow up with and closely monitor their patients. The guidelines were the result of a thorough review of the available data and input provided by stakeholders and experts. While these guidelines are not binding on the way that physicians practice medicine, many observers hope that they will be widely adopted by the medical community.

Treatment for Opioid Addiction is Available

One the main issues related to opioid addiction is that stopping use can result in significant withdrawal symptoms, including the following:

  • Intense cravings
  • Sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Hot and cold sweats

Fortunately for people who have become addicted to opioid drugs, there are treatment options available. At Discovery Institute, we take a holistic approach to drug addiction, combining group and individual therapy, the 12-steps, education, and medically assisted treatment therapies. In addition, we address not only the problem behaviors that are presently at issue, but also the physical, mental, and spiritual health of our clients. Furthermore, we believe that getting a person off of drugs is only the first step in healing from addiction, and we offer various levels of care that are carefully tailored to meet each individual clients’ needs. For this reason, our programs include a detoxification program, long-term residential care, short-term residential care, outpatient services, a halfway house for adult males, and mental health and specialty services.  Additionally, we welcome the involvement of family members and loved ones in the recovery process and have various programs that encourage involvement.

Contact the Discovery Institute Today – Help is Available!

If you or a loved one is struggling with drug abuse, addiction, alcoholism, or any related issues, the professionals at Discovery Institute are here to help. To learn more about our various services and programs, call our office today at 800-714-2175.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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