Opioids are used to manage pain, but they’re addictive and are a leading cause of accidental death. If you’re struggling with opioid addiction, turn to the confidential and caring team at Birmingham Royal Oak Medical Group in Royal Oak, Michigan. Mumtaz George, MD, is a recovery expert and guides you back to health and quality of life. Call the office to learn more or use the online scheduling feature to book now.

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Opioids are a specific category of pain medication. You often hear them called narcotics. Some medications that classify as opioids are oxycodone, fentanyl, hydrocodone, and tramadol. They’re commonly prescribed after surgery, injury, or as pain relievers for patients with cancer and other debilitating diseases. In addition to relieving severe pain, opioids calm and relax most people, though, as a result, are highly addictive.

What is opioid addiction?

An opioid addiction is defined by disregarding the instructions on the prescription label. If you’re taking too much or you’re taking someone else’s medicine, you might have an opioid addiction.

What are the signs of opioid addiction?

Any of the following symptoms and signs can be a warning of opioid addiction:

  • Slow breathing
  • Impaired judgment
  • Irritability
  • Slurred speech
  • Low motivation
  • Irrational decisions
  • Low energy
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness

If you or someone you love suddenly withdrawals from social situations and has unpredictable mood swings, it could be a sign of opioid addiction.

What treatments address opioid addiction?

Dr. George has many years of experience helping men and women overcome opioid addiction. At your initial consultation, he talks to you about your struggles, relationships, and cravings for powerful painkillers.

He writes a custom treatment plan that outlines each step he’ll take to get you well. You’ll know exactly what to expect and what’s expected of you.

He’ll help you become productive again with lifestyle support and helpful medications like Suboxone®, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. These medications give you a mild opioid effect, but they’re far less addictive.

Over time, he’ll wean you off the medications so you can live a drug-free life. He supports you through the months and years with:

  • Individual, family, and group counseling
  • Coordination of spiritual and faith-based community groups
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Habit training
  • Emergency and contingency management

During your treatment, Dr. George and his team require that you keep every appointment, test your urine regularly, and end abusive relationships with other opioid users. They’ll support you every step of the way to help you return to a fulfilling life.

To put an end to your cycle of opioid addiction, call Birmingham Royal Oak Medical Group or use the online scheduling feature to book now.