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How To Escape From Opioid Dependence

ID-10026929Opioid dependence is a growing concern in the U.S., with the National Institute on Drug Abuse reporting that there are 1.9 million individuals in the country who have dependence on opioid prescriptions, and the unintentional deaths from overdose related to these prescriptions have surpassed deaths from cocaine and heroin combined. They have also increased by 4 times since 1999 according to the source.

And apart from patient health-related costs, opioid dependence may also translate into liability claims as well as local government and state costs from social and emergency services.

The dependence essentially impacts the portion of the brain that is responsible for the decision making process, which makes the patient’s mind and body more resistant to recovery measures. The drugs also manipulate the biochemistry and architecture of the brain over the long term, if appropriate treatment measures are not taken in early years.

Escape from opioid dependence – starting early

When a victim opts for different treatments to escape from opioid dependence, he/she won’t see instant results, and changes may cause sudden triggers even when it has been months, and in some cases years, since the opioids were discontinued. That is why it’s important to start early to minimize abuse, dependence and complications that can even result in death.

The screening process is similar as the proceedings in chronic disease cases, and consists of symptoms through physical examination and sometimes interview of the patient. The symptoms account for physical opioid overdose dependence signs, psychosocial opioid overdose dependence signs, DSM-IV criteria substance dependence and physical opioid intoxication signs. Read more…

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