Opioids can cause uncontrollable dependence and addiction. If you’re at the mercy of these extremely powerful drugs, Carleo Capili, MD, and Regina Capili, MD, of Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center in Grapevine, Texas, can be of help. They offer therapies to help you overcome addiction and lead a clean life. If you’re having trouble with opioid dependence or addiction, call the office or book an appointment online.

Opioid Addiction Q & A

What are opioid medications?

Opioids are a class of drugs that include:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Oxycodone
  • Heroin
  • Fentanyl

The opioids mimic the effects of opium, so they attach to receptors in your brain, spinal cord, and gut, as well as other parts of your body. This allows them to block pain messages and make you feel better.

The group of drug brands includes Percocet®, OxyContin®, and Vicodin®. These drugs are often prescribed for pain after surgery or due to chronic ailments, such as unrelenting back pain.

Why are opioids so addictive?

For people with pain, opioids can be very effective, and most patients don’t become dependent on them. But for some men and women, opioid dependence becomes an unwanted and unexpected side effect of pain treatment.

Opioids have addictive qualities that make it hard to stop taking them even if the original pain issue has resolved.

How do I know if I have a problem with opioids?

Highly functioning people can become addicted to opioids. Addiction is not just the problem of careless, recreational users. Signs that you should seek help for opioid addiction include:

  • A family or personal history of substance abuse
  • Changes in behavior in order to obtain the drugs
  • An inability to stop using the drugs, even though the cause of your pain has resolved

You may have started opioids for a legitimate reason, but you can still develop an unhealthy dependence over time.

How is opioid dependence treated?

The doctors at Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center offer a variety of methods to help you detox from opioids. With support, you may be able to taper off of them naturally, but in some cases, you need medication to help you.

Suboxone® is one of the most successful medications that helps you overcome opioid addiction. It contains an active ingredient called buprenorphine as well as naloxone, which remains inactive unless the drug is misused. The doctors help guide you as to how to use Suboxone to detox.

If you’re concerned about your opioid use and fear you’re addicted, call Grapevine Medical & Surgical Center for discrete care. If you prefer not to call, you can book a consultation online using the button on this website.