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Celebrity Prescription Drug Abuse
With the increase of opioid addiction in the United States, you may have heard reports about celebrities on suboxone.
This medication is used to help treat people who are addicted to opiates.
And while celebrity prescription drug abuse may seem like something just made up for eye-catching news articles, it is in fact a serious problem across the nation.
Opioids are extremely addictive and dangerous when abused.
But what is suboxone, and how can the Resurgence Behavioral Health community help you treat your opioid addiction?
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Understanding Why There are Celebrities on Suboxone
Opioid abuse is a problem that has been growing enormously over the last twenty years. These drugs are very addictive, and very hard to stop taking on your own. There have been many famous people addicted to opiates, from Robert Downey Jr. to Prince. Unfortunately, some have died as a result of their addictions.
In the early 2000s, doctors and researchers found a solution to help people stop taking opioids: suboxone. This medication helps people by relieving the symptoms of withdrawal as well as cravings for opioids. At Resurgence, we know that suboxone is a very powerful tool in helping people overcome their opioid addiction.
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What are Opioids?
Opioids are a type of drug used to treat pain after major surgeries, accidents, or for people suffering from painful cancers. They can also be called narcotics, and include medications like fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, and tramadol. Heroin is also an opioid. These drugs originally came from opium plants, though some are now created in labs. While opioids are great options for people dealing with serious or chronic pain, they are not meant to be taken for long periods of time. If taken for too long, or taken in a way other than a doctor prescribes, you can develop a dependency on them. This means that if you stop taking them you can experience negative side effects. Continuing to take opioids after this point is what leads to celebrity prescription drug abuse.
What is Opioid Abuse?
There are not just famous people addicted to opiates; there are also thousands of regular people who struggle with this condition. Opioid abuse comes from using an opioid in a way other than it is prescribed. This can mean taking the drug more often than you are supposed to, or taking it in higher doses. It can also happen when you take opioids without a prescription in order to get high. All of these situations are what leads to celebrity prescription drug abuse. Sometimes celebrities become injured on set, and sometimes they may find opioid drugs available at parties. No matter how someone becomes addicted, these situations are what leads to celebrities on suboxone.
The Effects of Opioids on Your Body
Famous people addicted to opioids may have started taking them for medical reasons, but some take them simply to get high. This is because opioids work in your brain to stop pain signals, but have other effects as well. They can make you feel relaxed and happy. Over time, however, you have to take more opioids to feel these effects. And the more you take, the more likely you are to have negative side effects. These effects can include:
- Dry mouth
The longer you take opioids, these symptoms can become more and more severe. Many people continue to take opioids just to make these symptoms go away. But this only drives famous people addicted to opiates further into their addiction.
Withdrawal Symptoms of Opioids
The most difficult thing about celebrity prescription drug abuse is trying to stop without proper treatment. Opioids cause serious withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking them. These symptoms can be very unpleasant to deal with, and can begin as soon as a few hours after the last time you took it. The first symptoms to show up are often the easiest to deal with, and can include agitation, anxiety, insomnia, muscle aches, runny nose, and sweating. After the first day or two, withdrawal symptoms become more unpleasant. They can include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and dilated pupils. Withdrawal symptoms usually peak around the third or fourth day before slowly fading away over the course of a week. But these symptoms are what make overcoming an opioid addiction so difficult. That is why Resurgence Behavioral Health has programs specially designed to help both regular and famous people addicted to opiates.
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Treatment Options for Opioid Addiction
At Resurgence, we believe in using Medication-Assisted Treatment, or MAT, to help treat opioid addiction, including celebrity drug prescription abuse. MAT combines both therapy and medication to help people detox safely, and to treat their addiction. We often recommend Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, to clients dealing with opioid addiction. CBT helps clients to see the patterns in their behavior that leads to their drug use, and then gives them tools to help them avoid these triggers. It also gives you different ways to cope with stress, and change the thoughts that lead you to wanting to take opioids. The other part of MAT is the medication treatment. There are a number of different drugs available that help with opioid addiction. One of these drugs is suboxone, which is why you may have heard of celebrities on suboxone.
What is Suboxone Treatment?
Suboxone is a type of buprenorphine. This drug is used to help treat the withdrawal symptoms of opioids. It works by acting on the same areas of the brain that opioids do, helping to reduce cravings without making you feel high. It also helps to shorten the time it takes to detox from opioids. Over time, suboxone helps to return your brain functions back to what they were before you were addicted, allowing your brain to heal while you work on your recovery. It can be used for long-term treatment, which helps people with serious opioid addictions to stay clean even after leaving our treatment community. Suboxone is often taken along with a drug called naloxone, which helps prevent clients from becoming dependent on suboxone.
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The first step in your journey to overcoming your opioid addiction is simple: contact us! At Resurgence, we pride ourselves on building an affordable, personalized recovery plan for each client – without sacrificing quality.
Our free insurance verification allows us to help you figure out exactly what your insurance will pay for. We accept most PPO insurance as well as private forms of payment for treatment.
We will also communicate with your insurance provider to ensure that you receive every benefit that you are entitled to. You can complete a simple form right from our website, or call us directly.
At Resurgence, we believe that environment is just as important as treatment. That is why our locations are in peaceful neighborhoods, with plenty of open space for clients to take time to themselves as well as participate in our supportive community.
Our warm, sunny weather, as well as our nearby beaches and parks, means that, when you are ready and able, you can enjoy being outside. And our specially prepared nutritious meals help to support your total physical recovery.
Celebrities on suboxone may risk the stigma of addiction, but in talking about their issues they open a valuable avenue of communication. This is especially true when they are also able to talk about their new-found sobriety and encourage others to get help when they need it.
Addiction is nothing to be ashamed of. It is a medically recognized issue that can be overcome. But there is no reason that you need to do it on your own.
Resurgence Behavioral Health’s community of dedicated addiction specialists can help you with every part of your recovery process, from detox to therapy to medication-assisted treatment, for a lifetime of success.
Let us help you with all of the tools and resources that you need to overcome your opioid addiction. Call us today to get started on your road to an addiction-free life.