Opiate Addiction Treatment Specialist

Agresti Health and Wellness

Internists & Integrative Medicine Specialists located in Nutley, NJ & Chester, NJ

More than 2.5 million Americans overuse opioids. Left untreated, opioid addiction can negatively affect relationships, disrupt work and daily life, and lead to overdoses. Kicking your dependence isn’t easy, but Dr. James Agresti III can help patients with this health issue at Agresti Health and Wellness, with locations in Nutley and Chester, New Jersey.

Opiate Addiction Treatment Q & A

What are opioids?

Opioids are a group of drugs that include heroin and prescription pain relievers. Some opioids are prescribed to help people overcome serious pain following surgery or in the later stages of cancer. Doctors may also have prescribed them to help you deal with chronic pain, such as back pain. Opioids decrease the number of pain signals sent to your brain and also change the way in which your brain responds to pain.

While intended to be used for a short time, opioids are extremely addictive. When you’re addicted, it’s not a sign of weak moral character. These drugs have very real physical effects that make dependence on them seem impossible to end without help.

Opioids with which you might be familiar include

  • Codeine
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl
  • Oxycodone

How do I know if I’m addicted?

Long-term use of opioids triggers physical withdrawal effects in susceptible people. Signs of addiction include:

  • An intense craving for the drug
  • Diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain
  • Chills and goosebumps
  • Body aches
  • Frequent yawning and large pupils

These symptoms can’t quite capture the agony of withdrawal. Your discomfort can last for hours, days, and in many cases weeks. And, even when the worst of the withdrawal has passed, you may have lingering mental and physical symptoms that tempt you to return to opioid use.

Why is quitting so difficult?

Opioid addiction creates a very real medical condition in people. The brain changes, and reversing these changes requires a process of detoxification. Plus, if you don’t deal with the psychological and social issues that caused your original addiction, it’s hard to beat the drug dependence. Stress and difficult situations can trigger you to return to using drugs. You need support to stop the recovery-relapse cycle.

Dr. Agresti can help by prescribing medications that help make your brain less responsive to the pleasurable effect of opioids. He can also provide moral and mental support as well as traditional therapies to deal with addiction. Dr. Agresti believes in treating the whole patient – addressing the body, mind, and spirit.

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