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Opioid Addiction Specialist

Portland Wellness Center

Addiction Treatment Center located in Portland, TN & Harriman, TN

Approximately two-thirds of deaths due to overdose involve a prescription or illicit opioid. If you or someone you love is misusing or addicted to opioids, you can get help to fight your addiction. At Portland Wellness Center in Portland and Harriman, Tennessee, Verna Bain, MD, and the expert team provide highly customized opioid addiction treatment in a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere. Schedule an appointment today by calling the practice or booking online.

Opioid Addiction Q & A

What are opioids?

Opioids are pain-relieving drugs that work by interacting with the opioid receptors in your brain. Opioids are either made from the poppy plant or synthesized in a laboratory. Opioids exist as both prescription medications to treat pain and as illicit street drugs like heroin.

Opioids cause your brain to release endorphins that muffle your pain and create a temporary, but strong, sense of well-being. They can make you feel sleepy and, in larger doses, slow your respiration and heart rate.

What causes opioid addiction?

Opioids have a high risk of addiction for anyone who uses them. The precise reason why one person becomes addicted while another doesn’t isn’t wholly understood. However, doctors and medical researchers know that the length of time you use the drug and your personal and medical history contribute to your risk.

The feelings and pain relief provided by opioids create a strong desire to repeat the experience of using the drug or medication. Additionally, the longer you use opioid drugs, the fewer endorphins your body produces naturally, which affects your response when you use the drug. This phenomenon is known as tolerance, and it drives people to use increased amounts of the same drug to achieve the same effects.

How is opioid addiction treated?

Recovering from opioid addiction is a personal experience, and no two people follow the same journey. At Portland Wellness Center, the medical staff provides a comprehensive, personalized approach to helping you recover from your opioid addiction. The team offers a multifaceted approach that often combines medication and counseling.

Addiction medications help control your cravings and withdrawal symptoms. You may need to take the addiction medicines for several months, before eventually tapering off.

In addition to taking medication to control the physical aspects of your addiction, the team at Portland Wellness Center provides counseling services. Dr. Bain and her team are attentive and compassionate, offering an opportunity for you to explore and resolve any underlying issues that contribute to your addiction in a safe environment.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, call Portland Wellness Center or make an appointment online for customized, compassionate care in a safe and comfortable environment.