Medication Assisted Treatment for Oxymorphone Addiction

Schedule II drugs are considered highly addictive and likely to be abused, as well as possess the ability to cause physical and psychological dependence. Oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic, is a Schedule II drug. Oxymorphone can be found in prescription drugs, such as Opana IR, Opana ER, and Numorphan. Each one of these medications is incredibly strong. Opana ER (extended release) is often prescribed to individuals who suffer from chronic pain but have previously developed a tolerance to other opioids. Opana IR (immediate release) is also prescribed to this same type of individual, yet who does not experience relief from the extended release version.

Even when used as prescribed, oxymorphone can still cause a number of side effects to develop, including constipation, nausea, dizziness, and dry mouth. On the other hand, when oxymorphone is abused, the potential for tolerance and dependence to develop is dramatically increased and overcoming those issues can take assistance from a trained professional. Abusing oxymorphone can also cause extreme side effects that include slowed heart rate, respiratory distress, circulatory collapse, low blood pressure, heart attack, and even death.

Abuse of drugs like oxymorphone has been becoming increasingly popular over the past 20 years. In addition, so have trips to the emergency room for complications and deaths that result directly from use of these types of medications. Once an addiction to oxymorphone develops, an individual will often struggle with stopping use, as this can be beyond difficult. Between drug cravings and nasty withdrawal symptoms, quitting on one’s own can be nearly impossible.

Fortunately, Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers provide medication assisted treatment that has helped thousands of individuals put their addiction to oxymorphone and other opioids to bed. Medications offered, such as methadone, Subutex, Vivitrol, and Suboxone, work inside the brain in ways that lessen the cravings and symptoms that accompany withdrawal. Individuals who are on these medications are able to fully function without suffering from the physical effects of addiction and withdrawal. Since the physical side effects of opioids are suppressed through the medication, patients can utilize a clear mind to identify and address the issues that have caused and/or resulted from his or her addiction. This discovery portion of treatment is often conducted via individual and group therapy. Combining medication with therapy has proven to be effective in helping bring about sobriety and a lasting recovery from opioid addiction.

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Types of Treatment Offered at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

The outpatient experience offered at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers will focus on providing each patient with a personalized treatment plan based on his or her own needs. Men and women, ages 18 and older, will work alongside counselors, doctors, and nurses to develop these plans, which can possibly include a variety of the following treatment components:

Methadone: Methadone is the most utilized medication in medication assisted treatment for an opioid addiction like oxymorphone. It is an opioid agonist, which means that, when methadone is present in the body, it attaches to the same receptors in the brain that are stimulated when oxymorphone or other opioids are being used. However, unlike opioid abuse, methadone does not provide the same high, meaning that patients can function normally and without being impaired.

Suboxone: Suboxone was approved in 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for opioid addiction treatment in programs nationwide. Containing buprenorphine, Suboxone works similarly to methadone in that it helps decrease cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone also contains naloxone, which helps prevent against overdose and abuse.

Subutex: Similar to Suboxone and methadone, Subutex also helps decrease the pain that accompanies withdrawal symptoms, as well as reduces intense cravings. Unlike Suboxone, however, Subutex only contains buprenorphine. In many cases, patients will start out using Subutex, but then switch over to Suboxone for long-term care.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol stands apart from Suboxone, methadone, and Subutex because it is an injectable substance, rather than one that is taken orally. Comprised of naltrexone hydrochloride, Vivitrol is administered once monthly. Like other medications found in medication assisted treatment, Vivitrol suppresses the effects of withdrawal and cravings.

Individual therapy: Any kind of addiction, including oxymorphone addiction, typically leads to psychological, behavioral, and physical issues. Therefore, it is critical to address these problems during the recovery process. Along with taking medication, patients also participate in individual therapy that is led by a professional counselor in a one-on-one setting. Here, patients will work through all of their issues that are connected to their oxymorphone addiction At Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers as we include regular individual therapy sessions into our patients’ overall care.

Group therapy: Group therapy serves as a counterpart to individual therapy, as this setting allows patients to speak with other individuals who have also struggled with opioid addiction. At Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, group therapy sessions are conducted by a professional who is experienced in encouraging a productive forum that covers touchy subjects and allows patients to feel comfortable supporting one another.

Why Consider Treatment at Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

Oxymorphone addiction should not be taken lightly, as abusing this substance can be both risky and potentially deadly. Overdosing on oxymorphone can lead to respiratory distress, heart attack, and additional deadly consequences. Those cases that are not fatal, however, are not free from experiencing negative effects. For example, continuing to abuse oxymorphone can be counterintuitive to the development of a healthy lifestyle. In addition, oxymorphone abuse can cause relationships to reach a breaking point, put careers on hold, disturb academics, and destroy other life experiences that could have otherwise been enjoyed.

Sadly, one of the biggest issues with addiction is that individuals continue to use even if horrible outcomes occur as a direct result of that use. Opioid users often find themselves powerless over their abuse, even if some of the worst things imaginable happen to them, such as their spouse leaving them, losing their job, or facing legal problems. As is the case with other diseases, the answer to an opioid addiction is treatment.

Thankfully, help is not only near, but also accessible. At Southern West Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, our team of experts is prepared to help you or your loved one make an oxymorphone addiction a thing of the past.


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