Opioid Addiction Specialist

Opioid Addiction services offered in Green Brook, NJ

Opioid addiction can affect your career, relationships, and quality of daily life. At Anchor Care in Green Brook, New Jersey, Adetutu Ogunmefun, DNP, offers therapies to help you overcome addiction and restore your quality of life and health. If you or a loved one needs assistance with opioid addiction, call today or use this website to book an appointment.

What are opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs used for pain reduction. Common types of opioids include:

  • Hydrocodone
  • Heroin
  • Oxycodone
  • Fentanyl

Many people find themselves addicted to opioids after their prescription for chronic pain (such as persistent back pain) because it offers them relief. You continue to take the medications even though you no longer need them for the original reason for their use. 

What causes opioid addiction?

Most patients who are prescribed opioids have no problem with them and don’t become addicted. Some, though, find it impossible to control their opioid use and addiction becomes an unwanted side effect of their pain treatment.

Opioids work by attaching to pain receptors in your brain, gut, and spinal cord. They block signals to reduce pain. You feel more relaxed and pain-free when faced with debilitating pain, but this also gives opioids an addictive quality for some people. You crave the “high” or happiness or euphoria you experience while on the drugs.

What symptoms suggest I have an opioid addiction?

Anyone exposed to opioids is at risk of developing an addiction. 

Indications that you need help with your opioid use include:

  • Changes in behavior to obtain the drugs
  • An inability to stop using the drugs, even though the cause of your pain has resolved
  • A family or personal history of substance abuse
  • Extreme cravings for the drug

Opioid addiction can also cause impairments in your behavior and interfere with personal relationships. You may notice that people around you comment on your behavior or drug use.

How do you treat opioid addiction?

At Anchor Care, Dr. Ogunmefun uses FDA-approved Suboxone®, a medication that treats opioid dependence by suppressing withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings. 

Suboxone fills the same receptors to which opioids attach. It provides a less intense high, so it’s not as addictive. But, because these receptors are full, you don’t get a rush when taking opioids. As a result, this reduces your cravings and helps change your addictive habits. 

You’re under Dr. Ogunmefun's care while taking Suboxone, so your use is closely monitored, and your chance of drug dependence is much lower. Only federally regulated clinics like Anchor Care can provide Suboxone for opioid addiction.

Opioid addiction can be devastating to your well-being and relationships, but with the right treatment and management, you can work to find a path toward a happy and healthy life.  

If you or a loved one needs assistance with opioid addiction, call the Anchor Care office in Green Brook, New Jersey, or use this website to book an appointment today.