Health officials have recently said that they have a treatment available for opioid addiction, but the problem is that doctors willing to use it are difficult to find. According to a health commissioner in New York, abstinence-only treatments don’t work. Drugs that reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms do. Doctors, however, are hesitating to use medications to treat addictions to medications.
Buprenorphine is the medication that has been indicated as being able to help those battling an addiction to opioids. Erie County in New York has taken a head-on approach to addressing the issue, training more than 150 doctors and health professionals on using the medication properly. The gold standard for controlling the opioid epidemic is considered by some to be medication coupled with counseling.
The current problem with treating opioid addiction with buprenorphine is that the treatment must be continuously monitored. That monitoring can be difficult for the low number of providers who have been trained in its appropriate use. It is hoped that with more training and more health professionals getting on board with the treatment, more people battling addiction can be assisted.
If you are dealing with an addiction to opioids or another substance abuse issue, it is important to know that you aren’t alone. Reach out to our addiction rehabilitation center in Tampa to learn more about your options for treatment and healing. We are here to assist you and your family in any way we can. Please call today to speak with a member of our care team.