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Opioid Treatment Specialist

Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc

Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitations located in Fort Street Mall and China Town, Honolulu, HI

More than 2.5 million people in the United States struggle with an opioid addiction. Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that requires ongoing medical care and monitoring. Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. in Honolulu, Hawaii, offers a comprehensive opioid treatment program. The team of medical and mental health professionals specializes in addiction and opioid treatment, providing inpatient and outpatient care, medical detox, and treatment for relapse. Call the office in downtown Honolulu or schedule a consultation online today.

Opioid Treatment Q & A

What is an opioid addiction?

Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that affects a person’s physical, social, mental, and emotional well-being. Opioids are a class of drugs that trigger the release of neurotransmitters that help reduce pain and illicit feelings of pleasure.

Doctors prescribe opioids, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, or codeine, to treat pain. Though these medications alleviate pain, they also alter the brain by increasing levels of the “feel-good” neurotransmitters. 

Your brain enjoys the pleasurable sensations, triggering cravings for the drug. Over time, your brain develops a tolerance to the opioid and you need to take more and more of the drug to get the same pleasurable sensations. 

With an opioid addiction, you have an uncontrollable craving and compulsive use of the drug despite the potential for harmful consequences. Anyone who takes opioids, even when prescribed by a doctor, can develop an opioid addiction.

Who needs opioid treatment?

Anyone with an opioid addiction needs opioid treatment at Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. Signs and symptoms that you or someone you love is struggling with an opioid addiction include:

  • Unable to control opioid use
  • Strong cravings for the drug
  • Change in sleep habits
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Drowsiness
  • Weight loss
  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • Financial difficulties

An opioid addiction can lead to life-threatening medical problems, including overdose and death. Despite the many misconceptions surrounding drug use and addiction, someone with an opioid addiction can’t get better on their own.

Like any chronic disease, a person addicted to opioids needs medical intervention to promote healing, health, and well-being. 

What happens during opioid treatment?

The team at Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. takes an integrative approach to care. Instead of focusing solely on your disease, they take a whole-body approach, assessing your physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being.

By evaluating your whole health, the team better understands your addiction and treatment needs. Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. offers many opioid treatment options, including medical detox and an inpatient and outpatient program. The team also provides comprehensive care for patients struggling with relapse.

To help you recover from your addiction, the medical and mental health professionals offer various medications, including methadone in liquid or wafer form, buprenorphine, naltrexone, and Suboxone® treatment. These medications help control cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

While receiving the medication, the team provides therapy to help you understand your addiction and develop skills and routines that lead to long-term recovery.

For a comprehensive opioid treatment program, call Drug, Alcohol, Mental Health Counseling & Evaluation Services, Inc. or request an appointment online today.