Opioid Use Disorders Specialist

Axxis Med Management and Primary Care

Addiction Medicine Physicians & Board-Certified Primary Care Physicians located in Sandy, UT & St. George, UT

Opioids deliver a rush of pleasure and temporary relief from pain, making them some of the most addictive drugs around. The medical team at Axxis Med Management and Primary Care in Sandy and St. George, Utah, knows how quickly opioid use disorders can impact your ability to work, manage interpersonal relationships, and function at home. Opioids affect nearly every aspect of your life. If you or a loved one is struggling with an opioid use disorder, call Axxis Med Management and Primary Care, or schedule an appointment online today.

Opioid Use Disorders Q&A

What are opioid use disorders?

An opioid use disorder is a pattern of opioid use that impairs your ability to function properly without taking these natural or synthetic chemicals. Opioids are drugs made from poppy plants or produced in a lab that attach to your opioid receptors to change the chemistry of your brain. 

Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and tramadol, are man-made substances that mimic the effects of opioids.

When opioids interfere with your opioid receptors, they create a sense of pleasure, euphoria, and pain relief that makes them highly addictive.

Opioid addiction can range from mild to severe. Over time, your tolerance to opioids increases, pushing you to use more, raising your risk of overdose.

What are the symptoms of opioid use disorders?

Signs and symptoms of opioid use disorders can vary depending on the severity of your condition. If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing opioid use disorder, watch for the following warning signs:

  • Taking large amounts of opioids
  • Craving opioids
  • Needing more opioids to feel pleasure
  • Using opioids despite dangerous results
  • Failing to manage responsibilities at work or home
  • Spending large amounts of time taking or obtaining opioids

For those with opioid use disorders, withdrawal symptoms are common when you don’t take them for an extended period. If you experience chills, nausea and vomiting, cramps, restlessness, or diarrhea when you aren’t taking opioids, you may have a chronic disorder.

What are the treatments for opioid use disorders?

After an introductory assessment, during which your provider determines the severity of your condition,Axxis Med Management and Primary Care creates an individualized treatment plan to address your unique needs and recovery goals.

The practice provides both inpatient and outpatient services to help you recover from addiction. In the detox phase of your treatment, your provider may administer the medication Suboxone® to alleviate your withdrawal symptoms. Vivitrol®, a form of naltrexone, can also help reduce cravings to prevent relapse.

Axxis Med Management and Primary Care offers both individual and group therapy to help you recover in a safe, supportive, and goal-oriented environment. They provide cognitive-behavioral (CBT) therapy, rational-emotive behavioral therapy, and cognitive restructuring and re-framing.

Along with medication management and counseling, the practice follows a traditional 12-Step Program as well as Rational Recovery, a recovery plan that recognizes your brain’s “addictive voice” as you overcome addiction.

To learn more about the opioid use disorder treatments available atAxxis Med Management and Primary Care, call the office or book an appointment online today.