At Progressive Medical Specialists we help those individuals who have become dependent on, or addicted to opiate based medications including, but not limited to:

  Oxycontin Vicodin Heroin Hydrocodeine
  Morphine Codeine Oxycodone Duragesic Patches

Opiate Dependency

An individual is generally considered opioid-dependent when two things occur:

  • Repeated opioid use is needed in order to feel good or avoid feeling bad.
  • The opioid use continues in spite of its negative effects. For example, people who are opioid dependent will feel a need to keep using opioids even if it hurts their health, job, finances, or family.

Common Characteristics of Addiction to Opiates

  • Opioid tolerance (the need to take more drug to get the same effect, or getting less effect from the same amount of the drug);
  • Withdrawal symptoms occur when opioids are not used;
  • Taking other drugs to help relieve the symptoms;
  • Taking larger amounts of opioids than planned and for longer periods of time;
  • Persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to quit;
  • Spending a lot of time and effort to obtain, use and recover from opioid use;
  • Giving up or reducing social or recreational activities; missing work;
  • Mimicking onset symptoms of depression.

Identifying Signs of Addiction

Addiction is defined as continued use of a substance in spite of adverse consequences. This loss of control is the hallmark of addiction.

General symptoms of substance abuse disorders include:

  • Evidence of reclusive behavior;
  • Long periods of isolation;
  • Lying or stealing;
  • Involvement with law enforcement;
  • Deteriorating family relationships;
  • Changes in behavior or attitude, such as the onset of depression symptoms.

It is possible that people who develop a dependency on opioids were born with an endorphin system that makes them particularly vulnerable. For example, we know that addiction appears to run in some families.

Addiction might also be related to changes in the brain caused by the overuse of heroin or other opioids. Or it may be the result of a complex relationship between genetics and the environment. We do not yet know exactly how this malfunctioning occurs, or even whether all people who feel unable to stop using opioids have this damage. There is, however, an increasing amount of evidence that many people who find it difficult to end their use of opioids have experienced these physical changes.

Progressive Medical Specialists aims to stop the behavior associated with the use of illegal street opiates and the abuse of prescription medication.

Progressive Medical Specialists realizes the growing problem with the abuse of painkillers. In 2005 there were more than 200,000 pounds of codeine, morphine, oxycontin, and meperidine sold from pharmacies. That is enough to give 300 milligrams of painkillers to every person in the country. Oxycontin, a notorious painkiller known for its crippling addictions, has seen a six-fold increase in usage. There is a growing problem with many people who need help and reaching those people is something Progressive Medical Specialists is committed to doing. We want to help and we want people to know that help is available.

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