Opioid Addiction Treatments Specialist

Metrobest Clinic

Medical Office & Primary Care Practice located in Washington, DC

Opioid addiction is a growing, sometimes fatal problem in the United States. Milca Kaplan, CRNP offers opioid addiction treatments at Metrobest Clinic in Washington DC to help wean patients off the drug and gives them the tools they need to stay off it. If you're struggling with opiate addiction, or know someone who is, don’t hesitate to contact Milca for help. Schedule your appointment online or by calling her office today.

Opioid Addiction Treatments

What are opioids?

Opioids are a type of drug made from opioid poppy plants. This potent drug is used to relieve moderate to severe pain for men and women in Washington and across the country. But they can also be highly addictive.

If you take opioids, you’ll feel relaxed, free of pain, and may experience some euphoric symptoms, which can lead to increased and continued use, even after your pain goes away. This relaxed feeling is part of what makes these drugs so addicting.

What are examples of opioids?

Though opioids are typically used for medical purposes, they are increasingly being used recreationally. Prescription opioids include:

  • Vicodin®
  • Oxycodone
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl

Heroin is also an opioid and is the most common one available on the streets. Heroin is also called crank, smack, or tar.

What are the side effects of opioids?

Opioid addiction is a growing epidemic in the United States. Taking them incorrectly or when you’re not supposed to can cause a variety of serious side effects. Side effects of opioid use include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Euphoria
  • Slowed breathing rate

Misuse of these drugs and ignoring their side effects can lead to severe complications, including death. Make an appointment with Milca if you are struggling with opioid addiction so that you can receive the support you need.

What are my opioid addiction treatment options?

To treat opioid addiction, Milca uses a mix of medications and counseling.

The first step is weaning you off the opioids, which can be stressful and difficult for your body. Medications like suboxone and buprenorphine react in your body the same way an opiate would without giving you the pleasant high. Milca uses these medications to help heavy users ease up on withdrawal symptoms.

Milca monitors the use of these medications and will slowly reduce your amount until withdrawal is over. Once your detox is complete, you’ll learn cognitive skills you need to be successful and stay off opioids through continued counseling.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, get help. Make an appointment with Milca Kaplan at Door to Door Health Care to learn more about the opioid addiction treatments available to you. Schedule your appointment online or call her office today.