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The Facts and Risks of Opioids

Prescription opioids are highly addictive and can be deadly. Protect yourself and your loved ones by knowing the facts and risks before taking one. If you or someone you know has a problem with opioids, there is help available. Find addiction and recovery services near you, a friend or family member - including those covered by Medicaid - below.

Many states across the country are being profoundly affected by the opioid epidemic and opioid addiction in Louisiana is no exception. Prescription opioids can be used to help relieve moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following a surgery or injury, or for certain health conditions. These medications can be an important part of treatment, but can also come with serious risks, especially with prolonged use. An opioid overdose, often marked by slowed breathing, can cause sudden death.

The use of prescription opioids can have a number of side effects as well, even when taken as directed:

  • Tolerance
  • Physical dependence
  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness and dizziness
  • Depression
  • Low levels of testosterone
  • Itching and sweating

Is someone you love using opioid medications? It may not be easy to tell, especially in the early stages of addiction, but there are helpful resources and information for addiction and recovery services in every parish across Louisiana.

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There are many different types of treatment methods designed to help individuals with addiction and abuse disorders. Office-Based Opioid Treatment, specifically, is an emerging type of outpatient treatment that was created to keep patients comfortable in an integrated/primary care environment.

What is Office-Based Opioid Treatment?

Office-Based Opioid Treatment, commonly referred to as OBOT, is a type of outpatient service that is offered outside of licensed opioid treatment programs and facilities. It can be provided by clinicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and licensed clinical social workers to individuals who suffer from opioid addiction. Essentially, OBOT entails using certain medications to help treat opioid use and addiction. The Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 allowed physicians to apply for a waiver to administer this type of treatment in their own clinics/offices.

What Happens During an OBOT/OTP Program?

Office-Based Opioid Treatment is typically administered in a physician’s integrated/primary care office and is combined with other types of medical and psychosocial treatments in the interest of permanent recovery. This type of treatment typically uses prescription medications like buprenorphine, naltrexone, or methadone.

Opioid Treatment Program

An Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) is an outpatient program, which provides comprehensive treatment services including pharmacological treatment for opioid use disorders. Opioid Treatment Programs are required to provide counseling, treatment, as well as planning and diversion control.

Benefits of Office-Based Opioid Treatment

A majority of individuals who have done Office-Based Opioid Treatment have had positive and constructive experiences. When compared with types of addiction treatments that don’t utilize medication, OBOT improves six-month treatment engagement. Additionally, this type of treatment could come with the following benefits:

  • OBOT provides a more private treatment experience for individuals
  • It promotes addiction treatment in an integrated/primary care setting and reduces the stigma
  • OBOT gives individuals with opioid addictions expanded access to treatment
  • OBOT reduces the number and intensity of opioid cravings
  • It reduces the rate of illicit opioid use and mortality

While OBOT comes with a variety of benefits for individuals with opioid use disorders or addictions, it is important to note that this treatment method utilizes a medication that could also cause dependence. If you have an extensive addiction history, you may want to consider a treatment option that doesn’t require medication.

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