Outpatient Drug Rehab Treatment with Suboxone in Boulder, Greeley, DENVER, COLORADO SPRINGS, FORT COLLINS & Loveland CO
Substance abuse is a pressing social problem that many programs have attempted to address over the years. The addiction to drugs needs comprehensive and integrative programs of rehabilitation. Effective drug rehabilitation with Suboxone is provided in an outpatient setting at Colorado Clinic.
What are the symptoms of substance dependence and withdrawal?
The medical diagnosis of substance dependence is made if the individual is continually unable to stop substance use, even in spite of pressing harm. “Dependence” was defined in 1964 by the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence as “[a] cluster of physiological, behavioral and cognitive phenomena of variable intensity, in which the use of a psychoactive drug (or drugs) takes on a high priority.
The necessary descriptive characteristics are preoccupation with a desire to obtain and take the drug and persistent drug-seeking behavior. Determinants and problematic consequences of drug dependence may be biological, psychological or social, and usually interact”.
There are 11 criteria defined by the DSM-5 for substance abuse:
- 1. The drug often taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended
- 2. here is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control drug use
- 3. A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the drug, use the drug, or recover from its effects
- 4. Craving, or a strong desire to use drugs
- 5. Recurrent drug use resulting in a failure to fulfill major obligations at work, school, or at home
- 6. Continued drug use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of opioids
- 7. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of drug use
- 8. Recurrent drug use in situations where it is physically hazardous
- 9. Continued Drug use despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been cause or exacerbated by the substance
- 10. Tolerance, as defined by either of the following
- 1. A need for markedly increased amounts of drugs to achieve intoxication or desired effect
- 2. A markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of Drug
- 11. Withdrawal, as manifested by either of the following:
- 1. The characteristic drugs withdrawal symptom
- 2. Drugs are taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms
The severity of the substance abuse depends on the number of identified symptoms. A mild substance abuse disorder will present with two or three symptoms, while a moderate substance abuse disorder usually has four or five symptoms. A severe substance abuse disorder is indicated if the user has six or more of the symptoms.
After the discontinuation of the drug, withdrawal symptoms normally appear within 6 to 24 hours. This depends on factors including the amount of the last dose, as well as the individual user’s developed tolerance. Symptoms of withdrawal from drug use include, but are not limited to:
- akathisia (restlessness/uncomfortable feeling)
- malaise (feeling unwell)
- priapism (persistent erection)
- involuntary muscular spasms
- shivering and chills
- gastrointestinal upset
- blocked nose
- arthralgia (joint pain), myalgia (muscle pain)
- tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
Psychological symptoms are also associated with withdrawal from drugs. These include, but are not limited to:
- inability to concentrate
- irritability and agitation
- cognitive dysfunction
- mood swings
- suicidal ideations
Withdrawal symptoms are highly variable: they can last for as little as two days, or even longer than a week. These are not a sign of weakness or disease, but are evidence of the body’s attempts to normalize functions in the absence of the substance.
Heroin addiction can be treated on an outpatient basis. These include:
Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)
Methadone has been used as a form of opioid replacement therapy, to reduce and eventually eliminate the dependence and use of illegal opiates such as heroin. Inclusion in this program has been shown to improve health and social integration, as well as reduce transmission of infectious diseases associated with intravenous drug use. MMT works primarily by relieving the craving for the drug, as well as blocking the euphoric effects associated with opiates.
Buprenorphine has been shown to be a safer alternative to MMT, particularly because of the lower incidence of overdose related deaths. The preparation is sublingual, and it has been found to be useful in the treatment of other forms of opioid dependence.
Behavioral modification and counseling is also important when dealing with patients recovering from heroin addiction. These forms of treatment should address the circumstances that pushed the patient into drug use. Relapse is extremely common, so it is recommended that abstinence-oriented therapies be complemented by substance replacement therapies.
Colorado Clinic offers outpatient drug rehabilitation with Suboxone, which avoids the cost and time associated with inpatient rehab. The Board Certified doctors will implement a program to avoid withdrawal symptoms and minimize cravings while patients are under treatment.
There are programs available for Suboxone in Loveland, Fort Collins, Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Morgan, Buena Vista and Fort Lupton.
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