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Opioid Detox Specialist

Overlook PAIN + Recovery

Asher Goldstein, MD

Board Certified Physician Specializing in Pain Management and Opioid Detox

Prescription opioid addiction is a widespread problem that has life-changing consequences for the millions affected by it. If you're overly dependent on your pain pills, board-certified pain management physician Asher Goldstein, MD, at Overlook PAIN + Recovery (formerly Genesis Pain Centers) can help. At their office in Hackensack, New Jersey. Dr. Goldstein and his team specialize in treatments like Suboxone® to assist patients who are coming off their use of opioids. Call today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.

Opioid Detox Q & A

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone is a prescription medication that contains two active ingredients: buprenorphine and naloxone. As part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program, Suboxone can help people who have an addiction to opioid drugs.

Overlook PAIN + Recovery uses Suboxone in combination with counseling and behavioral therapy to support patients who are dependent on prescription opioids.

What are prescription opioids?

Prescription opioids are powerful painkillers that can be useful for reducing pain after surgery and from traumatic injuries. Millions of people who have chronic pain conditions and cancer pain also use opioids.

There are also illegal opioids, such as heroin. Although the effects of prescription opioids aren't as dramatic, many patients find they come to depend on their opioid medications in a similar way to people getting hooked on heroin.

Common prescription opioids include:

  • Codeine
  • Oxycodone
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Hydromorphone
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Oxymorphone
  • Sufentanil
  • Tramadol

When used as directed for short-term moderate to severe pain, prescription opioids can be very effective. However, they do carry certain risks.

What risks do prescription opioids carry?

Prescription opioids can cause unpleasant and potentially harmful side effects. If you use them long-term, your body can get so used to them that you have to increase your dose to get the same effects. This is also a factor in the chief problem with opioids — they're highly addictive.

Opioid addiction has grown into a health crisis across the United States. In 2016, more than 11.5 million people were living with an addiction to prescription opioids. People who develop a prescription opioid addiction experience similar physical and mental health issues as those who are addicted to heroin.

How is opioid addiction treated?

The expert team at Overlook PAIN + Recovery has considerable experience in helping patients who are addicted to prescription opioids. They support you through the challenges of withdrawal, which might include symptoms such as:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle cramps
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Sweating and chills
  • Shaking
  • Racing heart
  • Problems sleeping

Medications like antidepressants and anticonvulsants can lessen the severity of these withdrawal symptoms. Counseling and behavior therapy help you understand your addiction and learn how to live without opioids.

These detox services are available only at Overlook PAIN + Recovery's office in Hackensack, New Jersey.

How does Suboxone help with opioid withdrawal?

Suboxone is one of the most effective ways of helping you come off opioids and stay off them. It contains buprenorphine and naloxone, which share some of the properties of opioids but don't give you a high.

Using Suboxone as part of your program to come off opioids helps to reduce the severity of your withdrawal symptoms. The treatment is office-based, and you attend as an outpatient, seeing your provider at Overlook PAIN + Recovery regularly to monitor your progress.

To find out more about Suboxone and how it helps with prescription opioid dependence, call Overlook PAIN + Recovery today or book an appointment online.