We Treat Opioid Abuse Disorder


Opioid use disorder or opioid addiction can be defined as an ongoing compulsion to use opioids despite physical, psychological, or social harm to the user. 

What are opioids?

Opioids are a class of drugs that are related to the opium found in poppy plants. They work in the brain to produce a variety of effects including pain relief, sedation, respiratory depression, constipation, and pleasure/reward. Notably, opioids can be prescription medications often referred to as painkillers such as oxycodone / oxycontin / percocet, hydrocodone / norco / vicodin, codeine, morphine, or fentanyl, they can be street drugs, such as heroin, or even mitragynine / kratom. 

Statistics About Opioid Addiction

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), over 700,000 people have died in the US from a drug overdose in the past 20 years, and it is estimated that almost 70% of those deaths were attributable to opioids. Moreover, on average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid addiction.  

Maintenance medications, along with counseling, can improve the chances of success to break free from opioid use and help you or your loved one stay on the road to recovery.

What can I do?

Most substance use/abuse disorders can be treated through psychotherapy (talk therapy), medication management, such as Suboxone, or a combination of these two treatments. At A Better Outlook Psychiatry & Addiction, we specialize in treatments focused on medications, including Subocone, but also provide counseling therapy when appropriate. We may refer one of our community partners to you if you require or desire more intensive talk therapy. We can also review the evidence surrounding alternative and complementary treatment options such as herbal supplements.

Your first step is to contact our office for a new patient evaluation. Our providers will not attempt to sell you on or force you to any specific treatment. Think of your first appointment as an education about your diagnosis as well as the most up-to-date and evidence-based treatment options.