Posted on Nov 10, 2020

Dr. R Cooper, Orillia Drug Store

Q and A

What is opiate addiction?

Opiate Substance Use Disorder is the compulsive use of opiates such as morphine, codeine, fentanyl, oxycodone, hydromorphone and heroin and includes brand names such as OxyContin, Dilaudid and Percocet. You may be suffering with an opiate addiction if you have used larger amounts over a longer period of time, are using increasing amounts, spend a lot of time getting or using, , neglected responsibilities at work, school or home, have cravings, tolerance, or withdrawal, have tried to quit and been unable to stop, have overdosed, or driven under the influence.

What are Methadone and Suboxone?

Methadone and Suboxone programs are the most effective treatments for maintaining abstinence from opiates. They are long acting opiates that take away cravings and withdrawal symptoms. They won’t get you high and will allow you to function normally at work and home. Come in and let Dr. Cooper help you decide which medication is right for you.

Are there other options?

Of course, there are. You need to do what is right for you. Other options include detox programs, inpatient programs and abstinence-based groups, such as Narcotics Anonymous. If you feel those programs can work for you, please try them first. These programs have helped many people but they are not right for everyone. We can help you decide. If you have failed other treatments, tried quitting at home and can’t, or just want help today, methadone or suboxone may be right for you.
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