Medication Assisted Treatment for Oxymorphone Addiction

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Understanding Oxymorphone Abuse

Understanding Oxymorphone Abuse Recovery

Oxymorphone is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning that it holds great potential for abuse and can lead to the development of physical and psychological dependence. Oxymorphone, which is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic, is the primary ingredient in Opana IR, Opana ER, and Numorphan. Each one of these medications is extremely potent. Opana ER (extended release) is generally only prescribed to those individuals who suffer from chronic pain but have already established a tolerance to medications that are opioid-based. Opana IR (immediate release) is also prescribed to individuals with similar concerned, only this medication is prescribed to those who do not respond effectively to Opana ER.

Oxymorphone can cause a number of side effects that include constipation, nausea, dizziness, and dry mouth. When abused, oxymorphone can create a variety of serious effects. Similar to the abuse of other opioids, oxymorphone abuse can cause tolerance, which can lead to physical dependence. Consuming inappropriate doses of oxymorphone can lead to destructive physical outcomes, including slowed heart rate, respiratory distress circulatory collapse, low blood pressure, cardiac arrest, and even death.

For over the past two decades, the abuse of opioids including oxymorphone has become more prevalent, and so have the number of emergency room visits and deaths linked to this type of substance abuse. As soon as an individual has become addicted to oxymorphone, stopping one’s use can be exceptionally challenging, as strong cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms often emerge and can compromise a person’s efforts to recover. As a result, individuals often require the help of professionals to quit.

Luckily, we, at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, offer the medication assisted treatment that has helped countless individuals put an end to their oxymorphone abuse. The medications that we provide are methadone, Vivitrol, Subutex, and Suboxone. Each one of these medications interacts with the brain to decrease withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings so patients can remain focused on their daily duties without suffering from upsetting effects. While physical symptoms are being alleviated through medication, patients can work through other issues that may have contributed to the development and/or the continuation of their oxymorphone abuse. We are pleased to offer individual and group therapy sessions so that patients can receive the all-encompassing care they require. The blend of both medication and therapy has proven to be effective in helping patients overcome their oxymorphone-related challenges.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Oxymorphone Abuse Recovery at North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers

The treatment provided at Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers is designed to be individualized to meet the treatment needs of each patient. Adults aged 18 and older are invited to enroll in one of our programs so that our doctors, counselors, and nurses can help them create a unique treatment plan that may include one or more of the following components:

Methadone: Methadone is the most frequently prescribed medication in programs that provide medication assisted treatment for opioid addictions such as oxymorphone addiction. Methadone is an opioid agonist that triggers the parts of the brain that are stimulated by the presence of oxymorphone. However, methadone does not create a high like other opioids do. Therefore, patients are able to function without being impaired by withdrawal symptoms or cravings. For decades, methadone has been used in opioid addiction treatment programs, and has been proven safe and effective when taken as prescribed and under the watch of a medical professional.

Suboxone: First approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002, Suboxone is one of the many prescription medications used in opioid addiction treatment programs. Suboxone is effective in diminishing cravings to use opioids and stopping painful withdrawal symptoms from occurring. Like methadone, this medication is safe to use when taken as prescribed by a doctor.

Subutex: Similar to Subutex in chemical makeup, Subutex contains buprenorphine. This medication is helpful in curbing cravings and stopping withdrawal symptoms. In many cases, patients start their treatment with Subutex, and then transition to Suboxone for the remainder of their care.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is different from Suboxone, methadone, and Subutex in that it is injected once monthly, as opposed to consumed orally once a day. The active ingredient in Vivitrol is naltrexone hydrochloride, which stops patients from suffering from the cravings and withdrawal symptoms that accompany the cessation of oxymorphone use.

Individual therapy: Since oxymorphone addiction includes psychological, physical, and behavioral issues, treatment must work to address these issues. While medication is effective in helping patients function without suffering from withdrawal symptoms or cravings, the clarity of mind that is needed to engage in individual therapy sessions occurs as well. All individual therapy sessions are conducted one-on-one with a counselor so an individual can work through the issues his or her oxymorphone use has created. At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, individual therapy is included in all patients’ treatment plans.

Group therapy: Group therapy serves as a complement to individual therapy, as it allows patients to share their experiences with one another. Additionally, patients can work through their interpersonal issues that have contributed to their oxymorphone abuse. At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, group therapy sessions are led by talented counselors who are able to offer a safe and productive forum for patients to talk through addiction-related topics, as well provide and receive support from those who understand what they have gone through.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider North Carolina Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Oxymorphone Abuse

Oxymorphone abuse is not an issue to take lightly, as it can be both damaging and deadly. An overdose on this medication can lead to respiratory distress, cardiac arrest, and a number of other dangerous possibilities. Even for those cases where death does not occur from overdose, the damage that can ensue can impede upon an individual’s ability to live a healthy life. Oxymorphone and other opioid abuse can damage relationships, put an end to once-promising careers, and cause a number of other adversities that could have otherwise be avoided if the abuse of this medication was not occurring.

Sadly, many individuals who experience negative effects as a result of their oxymorphone abuse continue to misuse this medication. Individuals are often not able to simply just stop their use because they lost their job, got a divorce, or have struggled with legal issues. As is the case with other diseases, the disease of addiction requires professional treatment.

Fortunately, there is effective help available. At Sandhills Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our devoted and knowledgeable professionals are prepared to help your or someone you love defeat an oxymorphone addiction and begin rebuilding a life that is free from substance abuse.