Opioid Addiction Specialist

Unite Recovery

Addiction Medicine & Telehealth located in College Corner, OH

More than 10 million Americans over the age of 12 misused opioids in 2019 alone, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). At Unite Recovery in College Corner, Ohio, board-certified addiction specialist Carlene Westfall, MD, offers comprehensive opioid addiction treatment for individuals struggling to overcome dependence on prescription or street opioids. To learn more, call Unite Recovery or schedule an appointment online today.

Opioid Addiction Q & A

What is opioid addiction?

Opioids are drugs that come from opium poppy plants. Many different types of opioids exist that can relieve pain and provide a sense of euphoria, including oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), heroin, and morphine. Many synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, are available via prescription and illegally on the street.


While many drugs are habit-forming, opioids stand out for their uniquely addictive nature. Opioids are highly effective at temporarily treating pain, but these qualities can also make them dangerous.

How does opioid addiction happen?

Anybody can develop an addiction to opioids. By attaching to the opioid receptors — your brain’s natural reward system — opioids can substantially relieve pain and promote euphoria in as little as 15-30 minutes. As a result, individuals using even prescription opioids can develop an extreme physical dependency on the medication.


Opioid addiction often occurs in a matter of weeks. Physical dependency on the drug frequently leads to severe withdrawal symptoms that make quitting seem impossible. Within just eight hours of taking an opioid painkiller. Common withdrawal symptoms include:


  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Insomnia
  • Cold sweat


While opioid addiction often feels like a never-ending cycle, the appropriate combination of treatments can help you recover and prevent relapse.

What are the treatments for opioid addiction?

Opioid addiction requires a multifaceted approach to care that starts with admitting you have a problem. After a thorough physical and psychological evaluation at Unite Recovery, Dr. Westfall can create your individualized treatment plan, which may include:

Detox

Ridding your body of opioids is an essential step in addiction recovery. At Unite Recovery, doctor-supervised detox is a safe and effective way to withdraw from opioid use without relapsing.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment minimizes opioid withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, chills, and muscle aches, during your initial detox. Dr. Westfall offers Suboxone®, a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine, to support your recovery.

Addiction counseling

Dr. Westfall offers several types of individual and group therapy, both online and in person, to support your opioid addiction recovery. Therapeutic techniques, like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), may help you identify and overcome potential roadblocks to your recovery.


To learn more about opioid addiction, call Unite Recovery or schedule an appointment online today.